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As David Cameron meets today to discuss the Millenium Development Goals, he must not forget the environment

We have made progress on world poverty, but if the environment continues to suffer, thousands will be put at risk

Be cautious: if you choose an environmental fund, check how green its investments really are

There will be no change on energy policy despite windfarm split, says David Cameron

David Cameron insisted today that the Government's energy policy has not changed, after a Tory minister attacked the way wind farms were being “peppered” across the countryside.

Northstowe in south Cambridgeshire would be the biggest new town since Milton Keynes

Green light for biggest new town since Milton Keynes

Building work on Northstowe in south Cambridgeshire could start in 2013

Jim Armitage: How Toyota engineered itself on to the right road

The Prius overtook the Civic and Accord. High petrol prices are cited as the cause

'The environmental Taliban': George Osborne slams Parliamentary climate change campaigners as Treasury fights to water down Energy Bill commitments

George Osborne has started referring to Parliamentary climate change campaigners as the “environmental Taliban”, it emerged today, as the Treasury fights to water down renewable commitments in the Government’s flagship Energy Bill.

This is the worst time in history for a bad harvest

The UK's disastrous wheat harvest, the worst for at least 20 years, comes at a bad time for the global food chain. For more than a decade we have been net exporters of wheat – last year we exported 250,000 tons to the US for animal feed – but this year we will be scrambling for imported supplies.

The Greenwire scheme would generate wind power in Ireland and export it via cables to Wales

UK to outflank objectors with wind farms in Ireland

Ministers are investigating a proposal to outsource the production of wind power to Ireland.

The Insider: New term inspiration

However long you've been out of education, that new-term feeling can still kick in around now, at the start of the university year. Why not channel the fresh-start enthusiasm into your home – by learning something, or simply seeking out new inspirations…

A bee can absorb pesticides from plants and carry the poison back to its hive

The French beekeepers and the mystery of the blue honey

Beekeepers in northeastern France are all abuzz after their bees started producing blue honey.

Rig maker Lamprell's losses worsen

The oil rig maker Lamprell plunged to a loss of $47m (£30m) in the first six months of the year, but insisted it has the support of its banks.

Renewables boost profits at energy firm EDF

Power giant Electricite de France (EDF) said today that its profits rose 4.6% in the first half of the year as growth in renewable energy offset lower nuclear output.

1. Galway Oyster Festival: 28–30 September
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If you're a fan of a good party, this is worth a look. It combines elements of a fête with “speed shucking” and not a little Guinness.

The 10 Best food festivals

Fill your summer days (and your stomach) with our pick of the finest foodie days out, from chilli celebrations to whisky business...

George Osborne is offering to drop his calls for deeper cuts in subsidies for onshore wind farms

Wind farm subsidies to fall by 10%

The Energy Department has resisted calls for significant cuts to onshore wind subsidies, announcing a reduction of 10% in payments for new farms.

Steaming: Giant ducts carry heat from the Earth's core at a Reykjavik plant

Cheap power under our feet

UK borrows Iceland's geothermal techniques to tap the heat at the centre of the Earth to solve our energy woes

Sunshine on a rainy day

Festivals can be challenging enough considering summer weather in Britain, but they're even trickier to enjoy with a toddler in tow, as David Taylor found out...

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