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Africa's newest sustainable biofuel grows on trees

Until recently, the indigenous Croton megalocarpus tree common to central and east Africa was used mainly for firewood. But now Eco Fuels Kenya (EFK) …

Fracking go-ahead: What happens next?

<b>Plans for fracking in England are being prepared in the wake of the decision made in North Yorkshire earlier this week.</b><p>Brownfield sites and areas near motorway junctions could be used for future shale gas production.<p>On Monday North Yorkshire County Council approved an application by Third Energy to …

Roseacre residents split on fracking

The future of fracking in the UK is set to be decided at a public inquiry currently taking place in Blackpool.<p>For the small rural Lancashire community of Roseacre the decision could have far reaching consequences, as Diane Oxberry has been finding out for Inside Out North West.

Firm wins landmark fracking bid

A firm has been given permission to use fracking at a site in North Yorkshire.<p>Third Energy can use the controversial process to explore for gas near Kirby Misperton.<p>The plan was agreed by councillors in a vote on Monday evening.<p>Landmark fracking bid approved

Villages in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, hope a landmark ruling this week will save them from the disruption of the shale revolution<p>Kirby Misperton, like many other villages in North Yorkshire, has enjoyed its obscurity for centuries. At this time of year, it has all the characteristic features of …

Surface Story

Regulation / Licensing - Cuadrilla

Any company wishing to explore for or extract gas using fracking in the UK has to complete a number of regulatory steps before they can …

This Is What Life Is Like For Nepal's Earthquake Victims

A year after the earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people, Nepalis living in the most isolated parts of the country are struggling to rebuild their lives. Pictures by Anup Kaphle and Pradeep Bashyal for BuzzFeed News.<p>UIYA, Nepal — Nepal is still struggling to get back on its feet a year after two …

Biofuels, plastics and drugs: is this the future of our farms?

Climate change and poor returns on wheat and dairy drive rural revolution in ‘future-proof’ agriculture<p>Farmer Rob Pickering last week planted nine hectares of flood-prone land in Lincolnshire with an African plant called miscanthus, or elephant grass. By selling the fast-growing crop as biofuel for …

Northern Europe

Can you earthquake-proof a city?

<b>About a million people have died in earthquakes in the last two decades, most in a handful of huge quakes in urban areas.</b><p>Yet the population of cities at risk continues to grow.<p>Is such death and destruction inevitable?<p>Four experts talk to the BBC World Service Inquiry programme about how far we can …

Suburbia reimagined in driverless car future

The are currently 31 million cars in Britain, but are we close to "peak car"?<p>Could technology - including driverless electric vehicles and uber-style apps - mean that rather than owning a car, we will soon have access to a far cheaper vehicle only when we need it?

Explore the Amazon

The Amazon is the world’s largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest. There is no effective solution to climate change that does not include …

Forestry

Deadly earthquake topples buildings in Taiwan city of Tainan

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1224000/1224817_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524681286_12807819ac632b9553c838b90ba3b7f2<p><b>An earthquake has toppled buildings in the south Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing at least 11 people.</b><p>The magnitude 6.4 quake struck just before 04:00 …

Associated Press News

Madrid Is Covering Itself In Plants To Help Fight Rising Temperatures

Vacant lots, city squares, a former highway, and even regular city streets are going to be filled up with trees and plants–everywhere you look.<p>In Madrid, pretty much every unused space will soon be covered in plants.<p>The city is spending millions to expand existing parks, and as many roofs and walls …

Urbanism

3 Cool Scenes from Nature

It’s been a particularly good week for Mother Nature and cameras-she’s been putting on quite the show around the globe and humanoids have been there …

Lake Michigan

6.3 quake rocks Chilean coast, tremors felt in western Argentina

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit the Chilean coast, the US Geological Survey has reported. Powerful tremors were felt as far as Mendoza, located in …

Police Arrest Taiwanese Developer Who Built Apartments Destroyed in Earthquake

The developer of the Taiwan apartment building that collapsed in Saturday’s earthquake has been arrested on suspicion of criminal business misconduct …

Natural Disasters