Complaints about water companies were up by 10% last year as UK customers chose to express their dissatisfaction on 13,603 occasions over the 2006-7 period, the industry watchdog has said.
The World Bank's increasing push to privatise water resources came under the spotlight this week as activists criticised the approach as denying the poorest the right to water.
Large areas of derelict land across the US are to be put back into use thanks to $70.7 million in government grants made available for brownfield restoration.
Carbon emissions from British industry covered by the EU ETS rose by 3.6% over the last year, mainly due to power generators switching from gas to coal, according to official data for 2006 released on Thursday.
A website set up to help the public find trustworthy tradesmen is now trying to reduce construction waste by matching up materials left over from jobs with those who can make good use of them.
The authorities in North Cornwall are taking extreme measures in their fight to tackle fly-tipping, making use of a helicopter to spot illegal dumps and catch tippers in the act.
Financial institutions in China are lagging behind leading international lenders when it comes to ensuring the projects they are backing meet basic environmental standards.
Nearly all of Scotland's major industrial sites are meeting their environmental responsibilities according to figures published by the country's environmental watchdog this week but a worrying few are still failing to do so.
While fashion's constant hunger for next season's collections may appear to fly in the face of the concept of sustainability, some within the industry are waking up to the need for a new look for the rag trade.
The Irish government plans to spend environmental taxes on the environment and is using €88m raised through levies on plastic bags and landfill sites to reduce the impact of waste produced by the country's householders.
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