Lipman attacks ‘silly’ Rylance for BP protest
Are celebrity resignations a waste of time? Oscar-winning Mark Rylance has left the Royal Shakespeare Company over BP funding. Maureen Lipman says he will live to “kick his own britches”.
Global clean energy surges as coal declines
Can we really stop climate change? Our focus may be on bad news but good things are happening and in many parts of the world solar power is getting progressively cheaper and more effective.
Protests as Shell admits climate change risk
Climate change protesters descend on Seattle as the oil company Shell admits that global warming is on the rise. Do fossil fuel industries have a duty to protect the environment?
Bad news for Russia as oil price plummets
The price of oil is of crucial importance to the global economy. Last week major oil producers agreed to keep it low. That’s good news for many countries, but it is disastrous for Russia.
Lego ditches Shell after Greenpeace viral video
Greenpeace’s campaign against Shell’s Arctic drilling has forced Lego to end its 50-year partnership with the oil giant. But are environmentalists really just going for the soft targets?
US targets independence in global scramble for oil
The USA is on course to achieve its long-cherished goal of energy independence by 2017. That could be good news for global stability – but environmentalists are dismayed.
‘Super-destroyer’ sent to Gulf as Iran tensions grow
Naval forces around one of the world’s most crucial sea trade routes are on high alert, as a long-running nuclear dispute between Iran and the West gets more bitter by the day.
Rescuers race to halt oil spill before the storm
The first oil from a wrecked container ship has washed up on the New Zealand coastline. Not for the first time, natural beauty is threatened by humanity's thirst for fossil fuels.
Noose tightens on Gaddafi as new Libya takes shape
Rebel forces are now in control of over two thirds of Libya. As the search for Gaddafi intensifies, the world is looking to support and strengthen its fledgling government.
Amid war and poverty a new country is born
South Sudan declared independence from the North this weekend after years of war. Does independence hold the answer to the region's many problems?
Arctic mega-mine in rush for ‘white gold’
Steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal has bought mining rights for a huge iron ore deposit in Canada's arctic North. It's the latest attempt to exploit the untold riches of Earth's last frontier.
The world quakes as oil goes through $100
The price of oil is going up. World events are conspiring to make this basic commodity ever more expensive. And this will affect us all.
Oil pollution: best when out of sight and out of mind
The BP oil leak off the coast of America has led Barack Obama to crack down on offshore drilling. But does this mean even worse pollution in other parts of the world?