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.
Richard Branson unveils deep-sea submarine plansReuters | 05 Apr 2011
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, known for such exploits as trying to balloon around the world, said on Tuesday he planned to explore the deepest parts of the world's oceans with a jet-like submarine.
Honeybees 'entomb' cells to protect hiveGuardian Unlimited | 04 Apr 2011
By sealing up cells full of contaminated pollen, bees appear to be attempting to protect the rest of the hive. Honeybees are taking emergency measures to protect their hives from pesticides, in an extraordinary example of the natural world adapting swiftly to our depredations, according to a...
The week in wildlifeGuardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
Don't get your feathers ruffled by our April fool's joke hidden among the the flora and fauna in this week's pick of images from the natural world.
A diet of insects by 2020?Guardian Unlimited | 31 Mar 2011
Insects could be the key to meeting food needs of growing global population Western diners should get used to the idea of eating insects because by 2020 it is "inevitable" they will form an important part of our diet, according to the entomologist who heads up the world's first university centre...
Goce satellite maps the Earth's gravity in unprecedented precisionGuardian Unlimited | 31 Mar 2011
Data from Europe's gravity-mapping satellite Goce is being used to investigate the geological processes that cause earthquakes. A European spacecraft that skims the upper reaches of the atmosphere has mapped Earth's gravity with unrivalled precision. The map shows how the pull of gravity varies minutely over the surface of the Earth, from deep ocean trenches to majestic mountain ranges.
Greenpeace targets Facebook employeesGuardian Unlimited | 30 Mar 2011
Unfriend Coal campaign calls on world's most successful social networking site to free its energy-intensive business from coal power. Greenpeace says it is targeting Facebook employees in a renewed campaign that is urging the world's most successful social networking site to lead an energy revolution. A local television advert broadcast on Wednesday in Silicon Valley, where many of the company's 2,000 employees live, will urge the company to "Unfriend Coal".
UK households to save £23 a year by 2020Guardian Unlimited | 30 Mar 2011
Cost-saving potential set out in government plan for national roll-out of energy-saving technology. Smart meters, which monitor energy use in real-time, will save households £7.3bn over the next two decades, the government said on Wednesday as it set out its strategy for the roll-out of the energy-saving technology. The roll-out - the most comprehensive yet planned in any country – will require 53m smart meters to be installed in 30m homes and businesses, starting in 2014 and finishing in 2019.
Green measures at a glanceGuardian Unlimited | 23 Mar 2011
From the green investment bank to a carbon floor price - here are the environmental announcements made by the chancellor. Green investment bank. George Osborne confirmed, as the Guardian indicated last week, that the bank will be able to borrow money and raise capital rather than just be a finite...
Budget 2011: Osborne poised to ditch CCS levyGuardian Unlimited | 22 Mar 2011
FT reports suggest budget will scrap plans for carbon capture levy in favour of electricity market reforms. Chancellor George Osborne is tomorrow expected to confirm that plans for a new levy on energy bills that should help fund three carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects will be ditched....
Is 'Climate Week' inspirational or hypocritical?Guardian Unlimited | 21 Mar 2011
A business-backed week of low-carbon events and awards will celebrate practical action on climate change. But does the sponsorship by RBS taint the event? What to make of Climate Week, which began today? On the positive side, there are thousands of activities taking place around the UK, from an...
Danny Carnegie's innovation: setting up UK AwareGuardian Unlimited | 20 Mar 2011
The fire fighter is hoping to set the nation on fire with his sustainability show. This Friday, London's Olympia exhibition hall throws open its doors to reveal a cornucopia of sustainable living at the fourth UK Aware exhibition. But it is definitely not a green fair or fayre. "Nothing against them," says its founder Danny Carnegie, 35, "but we're all about doing something that shows normal, mainstream people how to be sustainable.
Public sector to be told to cut carbon emissions by 25% by new campaignGuardian Unlimited | 08 Mar 2011
Ministers try to improve green credentials but 25:5 plans face Treasury resistance, say insiders. The government is planning to force every public sector body, including Whitehall departments, to cut greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter over the course of the current parliament in an attempt to burnish the prime minister's environmental credentials, the Guardian has learned.
Eco-farming can double food output by poor: U.N.Reuters | 08 Mar 2011
Many farmers in developing nations can double food production within a decade by shifting to ecological agriculture from use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, a U.N. report showed on Tuesday.
Satellite eye on EarthGuardian Unlimited | 02 Mar 2011
Pollution over Bangladesh, severe winter storms and a heart-shaped coral atoll were among the images captured by Nasa satellites last month.
Climate Camp disbandedGuardian Unlimited | 02 Mar 2011
Climate activists decide to end annual camp and focus on tackling broader ecological, social and economic issues. After five years of camps, composting toilets, vegan curry and run-ins with the police, Climate Camp is calling it a day. There will be no camp for the climate activists this year and...
PortZED, the self-powered apartmentsGuardian Unlimited | 24 Feb 2011
The UK's largest ever off-grid housing development will have a traffic light system prompting residents to keep their energy use low, say developers awaiting planning permission. PortzED is the 67-apartment development dreamed up by Bill Dunster - the architect famous for the BedZed eco-development in Sutton – and it is designed to be entirely self-powered.
Science Weekly podcast: Electric cars, the space shuttle and yeastGuardian Unlimited | 21 Feb 2011
Shai Agassi, CEO of sustainable transport firm Better Place, looks ahead to a world no longer dependent on oil - and why he thinks the UK isn't going to be overrun by electric cars any time soon. We never get bored of speaking to people who have been into space. As the shuttles prepare for their final lift-offs, we ask former Nasa astronaut Jeff Hoffman whether they would have been scrapped if Challenger and Columbia were still flying.
EU to ban toxic chemicals in household plasticsReuters | 17 Feb 2011
The European Union will ban six toxic chemicals within three to five years, three of which are commonly used in plastic household items, the EU Commission said on Thursday.