Health and Environment
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.
Wild Atlantic salmon 'under threat' from escaped farmed fish and sea liceGuardian Unlimited | 07 Apr 2011
Scottish salmon industry criticised by leading anglers group which says government fish farm inspections are 'too lenient'. Fish farms are being frequently hit by parasite infestations and mass escapes that threaten the survival of the UK's wild salmon stocks, a leading anglers' group has said....
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.
Farmers accused of cheating on TB slaughter rule by swapping cattle tagsGuardian Unlimited | 31 Mar 2011
Defra plans DNA tests for TB-positive cattle after farmers 'disguised affected cows' identity to avoid sending them to abattoir. Farmers in England face DNA checks on their cattle to prevent illegal swapping of their animals' identities, an action the government says increases the risk of TB...
What will Cycling England's successors do?Guardian Unlimited | 28 Mar 2011
Critics already fear its successor will be unable to achieve the shift needed toward sustainable transport because it is crippled by the "localisation agenda". The Department for Transport will bring key functions of Cycling England in-house. It says the work can be done better within the...
EU to subject nuclear reactors to "stress tests"Reuters | 25 Mar 2011
European leaders agreed on Friday to set the "highest standards" of nuclear safety, in part by subjecting reactors to "stress tests," to guard against crises like that at Japan's stricken Fukushima plant.
Wales to press ahead with badger cullGuardian Unlimited | 09 Mar 2011
Welsh rural affairs minister Elin Jones gives go ahead to much-delayed move intended to control bovine tuberculosis. A badger cull in Wales to curb tuberculosis in cattle could finally be launched, just weeks after the Welsh assembly government said the necessary powers would come into force from...
Nuclear risk from plane crashes is higher than estimated, inquiry showsGuardian Unlimited | 21 Feb 2011
The risk that planes will crash into nuclear plants and release potentially lethal clouds of radioactivity is significantly higher than official estimates, according to expert evidence to a public inquiry. Studies submitted to the inquiry to expand Lydd airport in Kent, which began last week, cast doubt on assurances from the government's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that the dangers of accidental plane crashes are too small to worry about.
The UK needs a labelling scheme for GM-free meatGuardian Unlimited | 10 Feb 2011
If meat and dairy from animals reared on GM feed is not labelled we allow crops without safety approvals to enter the food chainMost people don't like eating foods that have been genetically modified. Where they have a choice - that is, the products are clearly labelled and there are alternatives – they tend to avoid GM offerings. This is one reason why GM crops tend to form animal feeds or staple foods, where consumers either have no choice or no awareness.
Scientists produce postcode map of geographical link to allergiesGuardian Unlimited | 07 Feb 2011
Researchers hope work will reveal environmental causes of severe allergic reactions that affect one in three in the UKA postcode map of allergies has been produced for the first time, bringing scientists one step closer to uncovering the environmental causes of the severe reactions that affect one...
Man pays £145,000 to settle toxic fuel bribe caseGuardian Unlimited | 25 Jan 2011
Paul Jennings had been accused of approving bribes to boost sales of toxic fuel additives. A British businessman will pay $229,000 (£145,000) to settle allegations that he authorised his company to pay multimillion-dollar bribes to Iraqi and Indonesian officials. Paul Jennings, chief executive of...
Opposition mounts against UK 'mega-dairy'Guardian Unlimited | 11 Jan 2011
Opposition has intensified against plans to build a US-style "mega" dairy farm in Lincolnshire in the run-up to today's crucial deadline for comments on the controversial planning application. Over 72,000 individuals have signed an online petition opposing Nocton Dairies' plans for a 3,770-cow...
Northern Ireland Water chief resigns over crisisGuardian Unlimited | 06 Jan 2011
Laurence MacKenzie steps down after thousands of households left without water over Christmas and New Year. The head of Northern Ireland Water (NIW) has resigned over the mishandling of the water crisis that hit the province over Christmas and the New Year in the wake of freezing temperatures. The...
In search of the famous 'war on motorists'Guardian Unlimited | 04 Jan 2011
The only transport war being waged in this country is by motorists - against pedestrians and cyclistsWhere is this famous war on the motorist? Can anyone point me to the battlefields, the graves of the war dead, the statues commemorating the unknown driver? Who has been waging it and when was it fought? What I see is that driving has become cheaper over the past three decades, while other forms of transport have become more expensive.
'Too clean children' link to asthmaYahoo! News | 13 Dec 2010
Support for the idea that children can be too clean for their own good has come from a study in which flu prevented asthma. Baby mice infected with the influenza A virus grew into adults that were protected against induced symptoms of the condition. But adult animals catching flu remained susceptible to asthma.
Scots travel networks grind to a halt as snow takes holdDaily Record | 01 Dec 2010
Scotland's travel network was struggling to cope today following a morning of heavy snow. Airports, roads and bridges were shut and train services disrupted as Arctic conditions continued to take their toll. Snowdrifts and black ice also forced the closure of a huge number of the country's schools, nurseries and daycare centres.
Dwindling biodiversity raises disease risk in humans, study findsGuardian Unlimited | 01 Dec 2010
First species to go extinct in an ecosystem tend to be those that reduce disease transmission, research suggests. Dwindling biodiversity could cause more humans to contract infectious diseases such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus, according to scientists who have reviewed the results of 24 separate studies. Biodiversity hotspots must be protected to prevent the transmission of dangerous diseases from increasing, they warn.
Cameron breaks silence on green mattersGuardian Unlimited | 18 Nov 2010
From a green investment bank to sustainable development, the PM claims the coalition will stay true to its environment pledges. The "greenest government ever" should be a type example of a phrase that casts a hostage to fortune. But the statement, made by David Cameron just days after taking office in May, was then followed by near deathly silence on all green matters.
Huhne apologises to Sellafield familiesEpolitix.com | 16 Nov 2010
Human tissue should never have been taken from individuals who had worked in the nuclear industry, Chris Huhne has said. In a statement to the Commons this afternoon, the energy secretary welcomed a report into the processes and practices surrounding the analysis of human tissue that was carried...
Prince Charles calls for action in TV environment filmReuters | 16 Nov 2010
Britain's Prince Charles brings his passion for the environment to U.S. viewers this week with the broadcast of a new TV film designed as a call to action on global climate change. The hour-long film "Harmony" premieres on NBC on Friday, showcasing the work and ideas of the heir to the British throne on issues like rain forest protection, sustainable farming and the importance of restoring balance between man and nature.