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What price nature? Report puts financial value on UK’s ecology

Independent: A view of green space from your bedroom window? That's worth £300 to you each year. The total value of British woodland to the national economy in sucking in carbon every year: £680m. The country's bees and other pollinating insects are, meanwhile, worth £430m. That is the verdict of the first report to place a monetary value on the economic, health and social benefits of the UK's environment -- a report commisioned by the Government and sponsored by the Department for the Environment's chief...

Pollution fears as UK blocks European ban on fuel from tar sands

Independent: The Coalition Government's claim to be the "greenest government ever" has come under fresh scrutiny from politicians and environmental groups who accuse Britain of undermining a Europe-wide forecourt ban on one of the most climate-polluting fuels. Britain is one of just two major European nations opposing efforts to prohibit sales of petrol and diesel obtained from the Canadian tar sands. It is estimated the sands hold about 175 billion barrels of recoverable oil, but the trapped crude is in...