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Refuse and recycling workers at a Green Party controlled council will launch a week-long strike over pay tomorrow, causing collections to be suspended.

Jonah Lehrer: The writer resigned from The New Yorker after being exposed

Plagiarist Jonah Lehrer finds words (his own) to tell story

Writer Jonah Lehrer first learned he had been rumbled, as a plagiarist and fabricator, from a voicemail.

Locals given more ground to block wind farms

Radical move could seriously curb growth of onshore wind power provision

The Maflow car component plant, in Trezzano sul Naviglio, on the outskirts of Milan, crashed with €300m debts in 2009, shedding all but 80 of its 320 staff

How being laid off paid off for Italian car workers

In the face of a seemingly never-ending recession, a group of Italian workers is attempting to reassume control of its own destiny by occupying the factory that laid them off – in order to start their own business.

Bumper harvest: Westmill Wind Farm Co-operative produces enough green electricity to power more than 2,500 homes, cutting carbon dioxide emissions

Investment in green energy falls to four-year low

MPs will now try to force into the Energy Bill a target date for cleaning up the power sector

Ecotricity boss Dale Vince built the UK’s first solar-power park

Green energy boss Dale Vince accuses Government of risking energy security by cutting subsidies and changing agenda

The founder of Britain’s first green electricity provider has accused the Coalition of risking the UK’s future energy security through a “disastrous” inconsistency in policies. Ecotricity boss Dale Vince accused the Government of hugely undermining confidence among potential investors, who are desperately needed to finance an essential overhaul of the UK’s energy infrastructure at a cost of around about £200bn over the next decade.

Portfolio: Yann Arthus-bertrand

The Bank Holiday crush, Rio style.

Bob Irwin, father of Steve Irwin, has launched a campaign to make people aware of the damage being caused to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Father of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin launches campaign to save Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

The father of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin has launched a multimillion pound campaign to save Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Richard Troue: Golden opportunity for asset mixes to blossom in these uncertain times

Multi-asset funds have grown more popular with investors in recent years. Many offer exposure to a range of asset classes, including equities, bonds, commodities and currencies. They can be a convenient one-stop shop for investors seeking a diversified portfolio, while they also take the pressure of asset allocation off individual investors.

'Severe' blaze hits Birmingham's Smurfit Kappa paper mill

Ten thousand tons of cardboard has been burning through the night in a “severe” fire at a paper mill.

Wasps enter the field at Adams Park

Wasps’ future secured with fresh investment

Derek Richardson, an Irish businessman who made his pile in the insurance market, was the new principal shareholder of the club

Costly renewable energy 'will damage UK's economy'

The energy Bill will be slammed this week by a group of business owners and consumer groups as "absurd" and potentially leading to the UK "sleepwalking into blackouts".

The Chancellor's attempts to solve our housing crisis are unhelpful and unworkable

Let's build our houses for the way we live now

George Osborne's attempts to solve our housing crisis are heading in the same direction as Parliament's attempts to hijack press freedom – destined for the pending tray, criticised on all sides as unhelpful and unworkable.

The stunning Asian Cairns project will incorporate greenery on the exterior of the building

'Farmscrapers' take eco-friendly architecture to dizzying heights in China

A French architecture firm has unveiled their new ambitious 'farmscraper' project - six towering structures which promise to change the way that we think about green living.

Birmingham council asked about sexual orientation and religion in survey on waste and recycling

Er... why? Birmingham council wheelie bin survey asks: Are you gay, straight or bisexual?

A council survey on wheelie bins which asked residents about their sexual orientation has been branded a waste of taxpayers' money by politicians.

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