The Elgin drilling platform in the North Sea, off the east coast of Scotland, has been leaking natural gas since 25 March, 2012. As New Scientist went to press, Total, the company in charge, was still considering ways to stem the flow.

Europe's energy consumers will find themselves paying a high price for Germany's decision to get out of nuclear power.

Will hydrogen ever transform the way we heat our homes and fuel our cars?

Eighty-five million barrels. That's how much oil we consume every day. It's a staggering amount - enough to fill over 5400 Olympic swimming pools - and demand is expected to keep on rising, despite the impending supply crunch.

Power lines stretching across continents would allow us to ditch fossil fuels for good

The airline industry's insatiable demand for fuel is bad news for the environment. But can biofuels provide the solution, asks David Strahan.