Travel Touch base: the portable loos on Aconcagua

The man who pays his way

China's renewed effort to clean up its act

China’s environmental reputation is not among the best in the world, but it is taking steps to improve with a number of green and energy commitments

James Moore: Bags are a problem, whatever the BRC says

Outlook The British Retail Consortium was hoping to bag itself and its members a pat on the back yesterday by releasing figures showing that the number of plastic carriers handed out has fallen by 4.6 billion since 2006. "A tremendous achievement," the BRC gushed. "A ringing endorsement of the voluntary approach."

Fuel of the future: The new power generation

There is more to renewable energy than acres of wind turbines. Gillian Orr discovers that potatoes, clothing and human waste are all being mooted as the future of fuel

Summer in the UK: The wonders of the East

Our weekly regional round-up takes Jo Fernandez into Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridge and East Anglia

GE launches solar power scheme for schools

General Electric and a solar technology specialist, Solarcentury, will today launch a scheme to help schools to invest in renewable energy.

Will Brighton's Modernist marvel sink without trace?

Campaigners fight to save decaying 1930s lido from wrecking ball

Space shuttle Atlantis lands in Florida

The space shuttle Atlantis landed in Florida today, capping a 12-day mission to deliver a new module to the International Space Station before Nasa retires the shuttle fleet after two more flights.

Major solar thermal firms 'are misleading consumers'

Consumer group calls on industry to clean up its act after undercover investigation reveals high-pressure sales tactics

GM viruses offer hope of future where energy is unlimited

Breakthrough as US researchers replicate photosynthesis in laboratory

Solar panels: Power that pays for itself

From next month, the Government will pay for home-grown electricity – so installing solar panels won't just ease your eco-guilt, but make real financial sense. Jonathan Christie sheds light on a real green money-spinner

EDF plans solar-power plant at Euro Disney, Paris

Energy company EDF plans to build France's biggest solar-power plant at the Euro Disney theme park resort on the outskirts of Paris. A sweeping structure would see solar cells cover huge canopies built above Euro Disney's 11,000-space car park, which is one of the biggest in Europe.

New plan gives solar power to the people

Government launches scheme to light a fire under microgenerators, and help them save – and make – money.

Engyco seeks £1bn to help buy solar energy plants

Marketing for one of London's biggest evergreen power listings will begin next month when Engyco, a solar power producer, looks to raise up to €1bn (£885m) for investment.

Carola Long: Barbour jackets are having a revival thanks to the likes of Kings of Leon and Lily Allen

Although we're a nation obsessed with the weather, many of us Brits seemed surprisingly unprepared for the snow. I'm not talking lack of grit here, or a failure to stockpile Spam in case food supplies run low, but about being sartorially ill-equipped.

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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