The potential for fracking shale gas in the UK is huge but so too is the opposition to the process.
After six consecutive poor summers, a hot July and August helped to turn around the fortunes for much of our wildlife.
The UN IPPC report into climate change, due out tomorrow, will say scientists agree the world is getting warmer, and humans are to blame.
Government plans to introduce a 5p charge every time a shop gives a plastic bag to a customer have been based more "on wishful thinking than hard evidence".
Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) chairwoman Joan Walley was not opposed to the spirit of the scheme, but felt the department of environment, food and rural affairs (Defra) had over-complicated it.
– Joan Walley MP
Ministers have managed to make a complete mess of their planned carrier bags charge by making it unnecessarily complicated.
Carrier bags litter our streets and harm wildlife, and the Government is right to want to reduce their use.
But Defra seems to have made decisions about the design of this scheme that were based more on wishful thinking than hard evidence.
Before the Government reaches the check-out with this policy, it needs to drop the exemptions and keep it simple to help shoppers do the right thing.
The Government has defended its implementation of a scheme to attach a 5p charge to plastic bags used by major retailers .
A Defra spokesman denied allowing small businesses to forego the levy would be too confusing.
– A Defra spokeswoman
We want to reduce plastic bag usage - but it shouldn't come at the cost of burdening small businesses who can choose whether or not to charge their customers.
Paper bags make up only a small proportion of carrier bags and break down naturally.
Biodegradable bags will only be exempt if they are genuinely biodegradable.
Plans to force shops to charge 5p for every plastic bag given to customers have come under attack from MPs.
The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) blasted the Government for making the scheme too complicated.
Plans to exclude biodegradable bags, paper bags and small retailers from the scheme risk confusing consumers and undermining the effectiveness and benefits of the levy, the committee said.
The Government plans to slap a 5p charge on single-use plastic bags in England from next year to attempt to reduce the number handed out and protect the environment.
Some eight billion single-use bags were handed out to consumers across the UK in 2012, but a 5p levy in Wales has shown significant success in reducing the number of carrier bags given out in the country by 75%.
David Cameron said he favours cash payments to householders in compensation for the inconvenience caused by shale gas drilling near their properties.
The idea is under consideration as part of a package of financial incentives to encourage communities to accept a new wave of "fracking" wells, which Mr Cameron said could supply Britain's gas needs for the next 30 years and create 74,000 jobs.
The Prime Minister said that shale gas represents a "real opportunity" for the UK, and accused some opponents of being driven by an "irrational" reluctance to see any new carbon-based energy technology succeed.
He told the Commons Liaison Committee there would be "a serious amount of money" going into communities which accept shale gas wells, though it has yet to be decided how that cash should be split between county, district and parish councils
David Cameron is set to face questions about his support for fracking when he appears before senior MPs today.
The Prime Minister will be asked about the Government's wider energy policy during a 90-minute meeting with the Liaison Committee, with shale gas policy one of the topics likely to be raised by the MPs.
The meeting comes after yesterday's announcement by the Government to allow councils that give the controversial shale gas and oil extraction method the green light 100% of the related business rates.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change has tweeted an infographic outlining the stages of shale gas and oil, from the exploration stage through to decommissioning.
David Cameron has said he wants local communities to feel the benefit of the fracking industry as he defended Government plans to encourage the controversial practice.
Councils which approve fracking projects will be allowed to keep millions more in tax revenue under plans announced by the Prime Minister today.
Mr Cameron dismissed accusations that the move amounted to a bribe to local councils to ignore the environmental concerns around fracking, insisting that all concerns should be met "head on".
David Cameron's team has tweeted a picture of the Prime Minister at a gas facility near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has defended the Government's plan to allow councils which give fracking the go-ahead to keep 100 per cent of the business rates they collect.
Asked if that amounted to a bribe, he told ITV News: "Fracking offers a significant opportunity for the UK economy. It's a potential source of considerable amounts of energy for our country.
"In common with other areas of energy development where local authorities are allowed to keep business rates, and where there are other incentives for communities - it's important and fair we should treat fracking in the same way."