It's claimed years of conservation could be put at risk after the government approved a raft of new licences here in the North West to explore for shale gas. The 28 new licences could pave the way for more controversial fracking from Cheshire to South Cumbria. It would be one of the most intensive areas for fracking in Britain. Despite considerable opposition, the government says 'it's time to press ahead with shale gas, providing secure, home grown energy for decades to come'. This assessment now from our correspondent, Elaine Willcox.
Almost 40 areas in the North West have been offered as sites to explore for shale gas fracking.Read the full story ›
New licences for onshore gas and oil exploration have been granted in a move campaigners say could open swathes of the country to fracking.Read the full story ›
A little boy who dreams of becoming an astronaut wrote to Royal Mail to ask how much it would cost to send a letter to Mars.Read the full story ›
Catherine Tyldesley investigates the pressure to have a perfect body and attempts to separate dieting facts from the myths.Read the full story ›
The story of a nurse from Lancashire, who decided to donate her body to science, will feature in a documentary airing tonight.Read the full story ›
The world's first test-tube baby has revealed the "sick" blood-splattered hate mail her parents received after her ground-breaking birth.Read the full story ›
Jodrell Bank observatory in Cheshire has been awarded £12million pounds of Heritage Lottery funding to build a new visitor centre.Read the full story ›
Stunning photos from Manchester astronomers have shown just how much you can see in the night skies above the region.Read the full story ›
A project launched in the North West is aiming to bring hope to people fighting cancer and rare genetic conditions.
Experts at a hospital in Manchester are going to explore the DNA of thousands of people so they can one day isolate faulty genes which cause diseases to be passed through generations.
ITV Granada correspondent Rob Smith spoke to one family living under the shadow of illness.