Nissan Leaf charges into UK showroomsGuardian Unlimited | 25 Mar 2011
Their sometimes clunky designs, short range between recharges and super-car price tags have put many drivers off buying an electric car. But that could soon change with the launch of the UK's first mass-produced electric vehicle. The Nissan Leaf, an all-electric family car with the performance of a...
Mass rat cull for remote UK islandGuardian Unlimited | 24 Feb 2011
Eradication programme aims to save millions of seabirds from invasive rats on South Georgia. Testing for the biggest rat eradication programme in history is beginning on a remote UK island in the south Atlantic. Scientists are preparing to drop poison in a limited area of South Georgia in a bid to save the world's most southern songbird from extinction and restore tens of millions of seabirds to the island's breeding grounds.
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.
Air pollution worse than cocaine for triggering heart attacks, says studyGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Research into 'final straw' risk factors says traffic fumes greater population-wide threat than drug because of numbers exposed. Air pollution is a bigger trigger of heart attacks in the population than physical exertion, alcohol and taking cocaine, a study has shown. On an individual basis, cocaine raises the risk of a heart attack 23 times, says a study published in the Lancet.
Simon Birkett: Fighting for clean airGuardian Unlimited | 22 Feb 2011
Simon Birkett explains why he gave up a top job at HSBC to campaign for cleaner air in London. Simon Birkett is fighting for air - of the clean variety. The 51-year-old former banker has spent the past five years campaigning against poor air quality and what he describes as the "biggest public...
How bike hire users can cut emissionsGuardian Unlimited | 16 Feb 2011
Serco's fleet of vehicles used to tow trailers of bikes have been involved in road accidents and create emissionsJust when Transport for London (TfL) thought the bike hire scheme provided an answer to London's carbon emissions problem, they found a snag - bikes cannot be provided without producing emissions. TfL uses Serco contractors to move hire bicycles around London, so there are enough in each dock to meet demand, while ensuring there is space for users to drop theirs off.
Can I get junk mail and still be green?Guardian Unlimited | 13 Feb 2011
Opt out of receiving junk mail, and it's a win/win proposition for both you and the planet. You don't need a crystal ball to predict ever-increasing piles of junk mail in the future. Junk mail is now crucial to the fortunes of postal services all over the world. In 2009, 11bn pieces of it were delivered in the UK alone. This is more than just irritating - it's an environmental nuisance.
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...
Opencast mining puts England in history's pitGuardian Unlimited | 13 Jan 2011
Scotland and Wales wisely forbid coal to be quarried within 500 metres of people's homes. Why won't England do the same? England suffers more than most nations from First Mover Syndrome. Its ancient railway system is harder to operate (let alone integrate with the rest of Europe) than most...
Can I recycle my old photographs and negatives?Guardian Unlimited | 04 Jan 2011
Is it possible to recycle prints as paper waste? Do negatives have toxic materials on them which need specialist handling? My new year's resolution is to cull my collection of old photographs. Can I recycle prints as paper waste and negatives or slides as plastic? Or should they all go to landfill? What about old black and white negatives? Do they have a significant amount of silver or other toxic materials coating them?
Councils accused of complacency as rubbish left to pile upGuardian Unlimited | 04 Jan 2011
A combination of severe weather and extended bank holidays has meant rubbish has been left to pile up across England. Councils have been accused of complacency over emptying dustbins as anger mounts over refuse that has been left to pile up on streets for up to a month in some parts of England. The local government minister Bob Neill said refuse removal was "one of the most basic services council taxpayers pay for" and condemned "a potentially unhealthy backlog of waste."
Europe sets fuel-efficiency target for vansReuters | 20 Dec 2010
Europe set itself new fuel-efficiency targets for vans on Monday, aiming to cut fuel bills for small businesses and curb emissions of gases blamed for climate change.
Co-op and Marks & Spencer: UK's 'greenest' shopsGuardian Unlimited | 20 Dec 2010
The Co-op and Marks & Spencer are today named as the UK's "greenest" supermarkets in a new survey which rates retailers' progress in areas such as sustainable and ethical sourcing. Tesco, Asda and Netto were identified as the three worst performing companies. As households stock up for the festive season, Ethical Consumer magazine urges shoppers to cut the environmental cost of Christmas by shopping from retailers with a proven track record of pursuing "green policies".
EU gets draft deal to curb gas-guzzling vansReuters | 15 Dec 2010
The European Union struck a provisional deal on Wednesday to improve the fuel efficiency of vans and curb emissions blamed for climate change. But the deal was not formally approved by EU member states, most notably Europe's top van maker Germany, and will be put to the vote again by ministers in Brussels on Monday. EU negotiators agreed to cut van emissions by around 14 percent to an average of 175 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer by 2017.
No smoke without bonfires and fireworksGuardian Unlimited | 19 Nov 2010
This year, Guy Fawkes night coincided with Diwali. Wet and windy weather prevented widespread pollution problems on the 5th itself. However, on 6 November conditions were more settled in the southern half of the UK and poor dispersion of smoke from bonfires and fireworks caused London and Leicester to experience their worst air pollution for three years.
Stewart Brand: corporate propagandist?Guardian Unlimited | 10 Nov 2010
The environmentalist is refusing to retract false claims that there was a worldwide ban on pesticide DDT. Does his obstinacy mask a hidden, pro-corporate agenda elsewhere? Last week I gave Stewart Brand a simple challenge. In his book Whole Earth Discipline he claimed that the pesticide DDT "was...