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The Germany captain may have drawn less attention, but was deserving of her moment in the spotlight

Mary Dejevsky: Oxfam is there to help people – not to dabble in politics

The catastrophic conditions in the Gaza Strip, brought about by Israel's military action against rocket attacks from Hamas, have brought out some of the best in individuals and organisations – as extreme situations so often do.

Mechanical failure theory in 'UFO mystery'

The mysterious severance of a wind turbine blade may have been caused by a mechanical failure, an expert said today.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & messages (21 December 2008)

As someone who works with small-scale farmers in Peru, now considered to be one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, I am saddened to read the recent catalogue of weak progress by rich countries towards tackling it, whether in the UK ("Red tape strangles Whitehall's plans to boost green energy", 14 December), or the recent climate summits in Brussels and Poznan.

Red tape strangles Whitehall's plans to boost green energy

'Dire' bureaucratic delays and foot-dragging dog the PM's aims for more renewable power in the UK

Go-ahead for giant wind farm

One of the biggest offshore wind farms in the world is to be built off the UK coast after being given the go-ahead by the Government, it was announced today.

Close-up: Dale Vince

He wants one million Britons to turn on to his turbines

'Language skills have given me focus and direction'

'I really love the independence this work gives me'

Winds of change: A beacon of optimism

The Government claims Britain is ready for massive investment in wind energy, but the renewable energy sector warns there are big obstacles to overcome. Sarah Arnott reports

Miliband's blueprint for greener homes

The Government has made its target to cut carbon dioxide emissions more ambitious, and the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary is examining incentives to help us meet it, reports Geoffrey Lean

Tate's vision of a London under fire

A futuristic shelter for besieged Londoners inspired by the July 7 bombings and the Blitz was unveiled yesterday as the latest installation to fill Tate Modern's vast Turbine Hall.

Leading article: Rainy days

It takes the Tate Modern, and a French artist, to remind us, just as the markets crash and the recession takes hold, that it's all going to get much worse over the next 50 years. The gallery's latest installation in the much-applauded Turbine Hall of the former power station is a work of the French-born artist, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Not for her the giant slides, the glorious colours or the intriguing contraptions that have previously graced the hall. instead we have a collection of bunk beds scattered and accompanied by the sound of the steady drip of rainwater.

Human Jet's cross-channel bid grounded again

Poor weather conditions today scuppered a Swiss adventurer's record-breaking attempt to become the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a single jet-propelled wing.

Solar panels 'take 100 years to pay back installation costs'

Solar panels are one of the least cost-effective ways of combating climate change and will take 100 years to pay back their installation costs, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) warned yesterday.

UK troops complete giant turbine mission

British troops have successfully completed one of their largest operations in southern Afghanistan, transporting a massive hydro-electricity turbine more than 100 miles through Taliban territory, it was revealed today.

Save money and the planet: generate your own power

The latest energy price hike is a good incentive for us all to find alternatives, says James Daley
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