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Should you ban bamboo? | Lucy SiegleGuardian Unlimited | 09 Apr 2011
It's the base of many eco clothes, but just how green is bamboo? THE DILEMMA I have noticed that there is a lot of bamboo in eco clothing and towels, but I have also read something that suggests it isn't very green to use bamboo in these products. I try to run an ethical household, is bamboo something I should buy?
The week in wildlifeGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
Baby wombats, Scottish wildcats and spawning toads are among this week's pick of images from the natural world
James Smith, Shell's outgoing UK bossGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
Chairman James Smith says Shell has had to respond to the global warming challenge. Now is a good time to be running an oil company. Prices are sky-high, energy demand is increasing at an unprecedented rate as the global economy recovers, and there are new markets to be explored. Royal Dutch Shell largely dodged the criticism heaped on the industry after BP's catastrophic oil spill last year in the Gulf of Mexico, and is delivering golden results to shareholders.
The power of spring flowersGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
Spring in Britain is one of the best shows on earth - Laura Barton describes the sweet smell of this season. Here in the deepest, darkest corners, the roots are spreading, fine threads silvering the soil, a delicate macrame of pale tendrils and wet earth. Above, the leaf litter stirs, shoots press upwards into cool air, and there comes the soft unfurling of petals, the rush of scent rising.
The 10 best woods and forests for spring flowersGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
A visit to Priestley Wood in spring or early summer should test even the most knowledgeable plant-identifier. Some 130 flowering plants have been recorded in the woods, which have been designated a site of special scientific interest. There are relatively large populations of the twayblade orchid, the common spotted orchid, wild garlic, broad-leaved helleborine, herb Paris, primrose and the ever-popular bluebell.
Why Britain's woodlands are so preciousGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
Britain's woodlands are more than places of weekend refuge. Jeanette Winterson untangles the enduring appeal of the forest. A woodcutter had three sons. One could chop down an oak tree in a day. One could plank the timber in a week. The third was so small that he just gathered acorns. "And what is the use of that?" demanded his father. "You never know when you might need a forest," said the boy.
Wind farms 'working at just 21% of capacity'Daily Mail | 07 Apr 2011
Britain's wind farms produce far less electricity than their supporters claim - and cannot be relied upon to keep the lights on, says a study from a conservation charity.
Green bankers can restore City's reputationGuardian Unlimited | 07 Apr 2011
Such traders can help Britain earn its way in a competitive global economy while supporting the realisation of a greener and more sustainable future. After the events that led to the credit crunch and our current fiscal situation, the last thing people want is more bankers. But what if they were...
Sir David Attenborough's TV life: the BBC looks backGuardian Unlimited | 07 Apr 2011
Retrospective expected to be aired next year will mark 60 years since the naturalist joined the corporation in 1952. The BBC is planning a TV retrospective of the work of Sir David Attenborough next year in a move that may signal the twilight of the naturalist's career. The series, which has the working title Life Stories from a series of Radio 4 lectures he has been giving since 2009, will look back on his life's work to mark 60 years since he joined the BBC in 1952.
Government's own solar project scrappedGuardian Unlimited | 06 Apr 2011
The government has cancelled its own flagship solar energy project because the Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) proposed cuts to solar feed-in tariff incentives will make the scheme unviable. That is the charge from "stakeholders" who contributed to a Whitehall project to assess the...
Letters: Secrets, lies and why we need scrutiny of the nuclear industryGuardian Unlimited | 06 Apr 2011
John Vidal (Nuclear's green cheerleaders forget Chernobyl at our peril, 2 April) and George Monbiot (Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power, 22 March) may compete on your letters page (5 April) but both miss the essential truth. Civil nuclear power is shrouded in the UK not to protect facts from terrorists but because it has well understood risks and is captured under the Official Secrets Act.
Send us your ideas for stopping radiation leaksGuardian Unlimited | 05 Apr 2011
We're looking for your views on the best ways to make the plant safe again. The latest ideas to prevent the escape of radiation from Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are to discharge 11,500 tonnes of contaminated water into the Pacific and plug leaks with an absorbent polymer mixed with sawdust and shredded newspaper.
Letters: Vanished landscapeGuardian Unlimited | 05 Apr 2011
Surely Jane Austen would recognise a remarkable change to the landscape of the South Downs since her time (Report, 1 April)? Natural history writers such as WH Hudson would be devastated by it. Grazing of these hills for thousands of years had produced an open landscape providing the freedom to...
Sales of organic products in UK fall by 5.9%Guardian Unlimited | 04 Apr 2011
Sales of organic food, drink and textiles fall as producers battle against the downturn in demand, say Soil Association. Sales of organic products have fallen by 5.9% in the UK over the past year as producers continued to battle against the downturn in consumer demand and challenging trading...
All road users must be held accountableGuardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
We must bring equal protection and the potential for equal punishment to everyone on the road. Last week I presented a 10 minute rule bill in the House of Commons called "dangerous and reckless cycling (offences)". In 2007, Rhiannon Bennett was walking with friends on a pavement when a cyclist approached at speed yelling, "Move, because I'm not stopping." He hit Rhiannon who fell and smashed her head on the kerb. She was taken to hospital but died six days later.
Scottish Power won't refund our feed-in tariff lossesGuardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
To start saving money from solar panels, you must fill in a formLate last year we had electricity-generating solar panels put on our roof. We applied to our supplier, Scottish Power, for the feed-in tariff, but it told us it will only pay us for units generated from when we filled in the form, rather than when the panels were installed. We have lost around £80 as a result. Can they do this?
Ethical investment: Flower powerGuardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
It is good to learn that Kenya's rose-growing industry has been transformed since we reported on its damaging impactIn a world of many bad news stories, it is good to learn that Kenya's rose-growing industry, worth $500m a year, has been transformed since we reported, in 2003, on its damaging impact on the people and environment of the shores of Lake Naivasha.
UK greenhouse gas emissions up 2.8 percent in 2010Reuters | 31 Mar 2011
Britain's greenhouse gas emissions rose 2.8 percent in 2010 due to increased power generation, largely due to cold weather early and late in the year, provisional data from the government showed on Thursday.