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What oil companies knew: the great climate cover-up - podcast
Oil firms are said to have known for decades of the link between burning fossil fuels and climate breakdown. Author Bill McKibben describes how industry lobbying created a 30-year barrier to tackling the crisis. Plus: John Stewart on his campaign to stop the third runway at HeathrowBefore 1988, climate change was a subject confined to the realm of academic journals. That all changed when the scientist James Hansen told Congress that global heating was caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as a result of the burning of fossil fuels. That moment caught the imagination of the journalist Bill McKibben, who has written and campaigned on climate breakdown ever since. And it has been reported that fossil fuel companies, such as ExxonMobil, were making links between the burning of oil and rising sea levels as early as the 1970s. But instead of making their findings public, the industry colluded to cast doubt over the science. Continue reading...
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Man caught smuggling dozens of live finches into New York inside hair rollers
Francis Gurahoo planned to sell the birds for $3,000 each for use in singing competitions, officials sayA 39-year-old man has been caught allegedly trying to smuggle nearly three dozen live finches through John F Kennedy Airport in New York in order to sell them for singing competitions.Francis Gurahoo was arrested on Sunday after arriving on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana. Prosecutors said customs officials found 34 live birds in his carry-on luggage hidden inside individual plastic hair curlers. Continue reading...
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'Shame and pain': Vietnam starts to grapple with child abuse epidemic
After several high profile cases, the government has launched a campaign to bring the issue into the open It was morning at a Hanoi school when a teenage student stumbled into class. As she sat at her desk, blood began to pool under her chair; just that morning she had been sexually abused. When her teacher’s response was that she should sit on some tissues until the bleeding stopped, the young girl began to cry.The incident, recounted by a Huynh Mai, a school psychologist, made headlines in Vietnam last month. Yet it was reflective of a culture of ignorance, indifference and stigma that has surrounded child sex abuse in the country for generations, according to teachers, victims and NGOs. Continue reading...
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Legal aid cuts harming discrimination victims, says equality watchdog
Report finds people unable to get representation in court to challenge illegal behaviourVictims of discrimination are being denied the chance to challenge unlawful behaviour because legal aid cuts mean they cannot get representation in court, according to the equalities watchdog.With access to legal advice and lawyers severely restricted, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said employment practices and services that discriminate on the grounds of sex, race, religion or other characteristics are going unpunished. Continue reading...
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Scottish alcohol sales at lowest level in 25 years after price controls
Figures also show 3% fall in consumption of alcohol in Scotland last yearAlcohol sales in Scotland have fallen to their lowest level in 25 years after the introduction of price controls, figures show.Scotland’s health secretary, Jeane Freeman, welcomed the figures, which also reveal a 3% fall in the consumption of alcohol last year, and said they showed the introduction of a 50p a unit minimum price in May 2018 was having an effect. It was a promising start in tackling Scotland’s difficult relationship with alcohol, she said. Continue reading...
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Weak pay rises and dearer housing fuel jump in working poor, says IFS
Number in poverty rises to 8m, with 60% living in households where someone works Britain has seen a big jump in the working poor since the 1990s, with almost three out of five people below the official poverty line living in a household where at least one person is working.The Institute for Fiscal Studies found that a drop in the number of workless households, better-off pensioners and higher rents had resulted in 8 million in poverty from working households. Continue reading...
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Talking Horses: Rain-soaked Royal Ascot is perfect for Crystal Ocean
The selection has plenty of form at 10 furlongs and the rain has come in time to help him win the Prince of Wales’s StakesThere is nothing remotely flashy about the Michael Stoute-trained Crystal Ocean (4.20), who wins by grinding or not at all, but he might be the right ally for a race like this Prince of Wales’s Stakes. He is better known for his exploits over further but has plenty of form at 10 furlongs and the rain has come in time to help him.There is little between him and the Aidan O’Brien runner Magical but the Irish filly has had little to beat so far this year and looks like being a shade too short in the betting. Sea Of Class may eventually prove herself the best in this field but this is a first run back for a horse whose big day is in October and she may not quite be ready for the battle this could become. Continue reading...
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Just one day of work a week improves mental health, study suggests
Researchers say working eight hours has same positive impact as full-time employmentThe benefits of employment on mental health might be gained from just one day’s work a week, research suggests.Unemployment has previously been linked to poorer mental health, with experts suggesting part of the reason could be that work offers benefits including time structure, social contacts and a sense of identity. Continue reading...
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Oxford to receive biggest single donation 'since the Renaissance'
US billionaire Stephen Schwarzman is donating £150m to fund humanities researchThe University of Oxford has said it is to receive its biggest single direct donation “since the Renaissance”, after it unveiled a £150m gift from the US billionaire Stephen Schwarzman to fund humanities research and tackle looming social issues linked to artificial intelligence.The money will be used to create the Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities, bringing together disciplines including English, philosophy, music and history in a single hub with performing spaces and a library, alongside a new Institute for Ethics in AI to collaborate. Continue reading...
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TV debate brought home a terrifying truth: one of these men will be PM | Jonathan Freedland
Not one of the candidates came away from Tuesday’s debate looking ready to leadPerhaps the most scathing line of the night was the title. It was called Our Next Prime Minister and as the hour wore on, those four words sounded increasingly like a rebuke to the nation. Look at us, they seemed to say: a fabled country with a long, proud history and one of these five jokers is actually going to be our next prime minister.It was a painful hour, delivered via a format that featured too much cross-talk and too little cross-examination, that saw the candidates perched awkwardly on gameshow stools, repeatedly talking over each other and failing to answer the often sharp and pointed questions from members of the public. Continue reading...
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Google to invest $1bn to fight tech-fueled housing crisis
Funds to support development of 20,000 new homes as San Francisco Bay Area grapples with homelessnessGoogle will invest $1bn in housing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, a region plagued by a housing and homelessness crisis that has in part been fueled by the tech industry.The announcement comes as the tech giant prepares to expand beyond its headquarters in Mountain View and its offices in San Francisco to new campuses in San Jose and Sunnyvale. The $1bn would go toward supporting the development of 20,000 new homes over the course of 10 years, or roughly 68% of the number of units the Bay Area needs to build each year in order to meet population growth. Continue reading...
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Trudeau approves contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
Construction to start this year, Canadian prime minister says, despite opposition from environmental and Indigenous groupsCanada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has once again approved a hotly contested proposal to expand the crude oil pipeline it bought last year, providing hope for a depressed energy industry but angering environmental and Indigenous groups which have fiercely opposed the project.Construction on the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline is planned to start this year, Trudeau told a news conference on Tuesday. A senior government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said earlier that Ottawa expected legal challenges to the approval. Continue reading...
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Phil Neville will not rest England players against Japan in World Cup
• Manager not interested in easier path for runners-up• ‘I’m going to play my best team … I want to finish top’Phil Neville will resist the temptation to rest key players against Japan on Wednesday night as England play their final Group D game, knowing a draw will be enough to secure top spot.There is a case – albeit a controversial one – for relaxing a little and not worrying too much about succumbing to a defeat which would clear the path to second place in the group and the potential avoidance of France or the USA in the semi-final. Continue reading...
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Ageing boy band’s reunion manages to hit all the wrong notes
Final line up of Take Twat for Tory leadership debate decided at second round of voting earlier He speaks. And yet he still says nothing. Given that he has been held hostage by his minders for the past few months, it was only fair that Boris Johnson was given the chance to answer the first question on the BBC’s Tory leadership debate. “Piffle, paffle, wiffle, waffle,” said the pasty-faced, priapic Mr Blobby. His time in captivity has played havoc with his complexion.And with his thought processes. Asked to explain if he would leave the EU on 31 October, Johnson managed to both say he would and he wouldn’t. Much the same as he has been telling both his remainer and leaver supporters. Only the public are less gullible than some Tory MPs. “Politicians need to act seriously and soberly,” he concluded, trying to remember not to smirk. Thereby in effect ruling himself out as the UK’s next prime minister. Only for Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid to do much the same. Rory Stewart sounded a little less deranged, but his Brexit plans don’t stand much scrutiny either. Continue reading...
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Boris Johnson defensive, evasive, and favourite for No 10
Frontrunner comes under pressure over issues including tax cuts and IslamophobiaBoris Johnson was forced onto the defensive in a fractious five-way debate on Tuesday night, coming under pressure on issues from Islamophobia to his plan to cut taxes for top earners.Johnson remains overwhelming favourite to be Britain’s next prime minister after winning the second round of voting among Conservative MPs convincingly, with 126 votes of the 313 cast. Continue reading...
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England’s Wan-Bissaka gifts France win at U-21 Euros despite penalty misses
• England Under-21s 1-2 France Under-21s • Wan-Bissaka scores late own goal after Choudhury sent offFrom class to calamity: England’s opening night against France, and possibly their entire European Championship campaign, veered horribly off course in Cesena as a VAR red card for Hamza Choudhury plus a 95th-minute own goal from Aaron Wan-Bissaka inflicted a damaging defeat on Aidy Boothroyd’s under-21s. The repercussions may be lasting.Choudhury was dismissed for a dreadful foul on Jonathan Bamba that sent the Lille forward to hospital for tests on an ankle that took the full force of the Leicester midfielder’s airborne tackle. England survived the penalty kick that followed, the second one that France failed to convert on the night, but not the late onslaught that ultimately came against 10 men. Continue reading...
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Years and Years finale review – fast, furious and frequently devastating
Russell T Davies’s near-future series concluded in biblical fashion, but never lost sight of the humanity underpinning its big, bold ideas“Beware those men, the jokers and the tricksters and the clowns. They will laugh us into hell.” Marvellous things, art and life. You can write such a line months ago, as Russell T Davies did for his character Muriel, with one set of images in mind and find it broadcast four nights after a televised debate among a new crop of contenders – the greatest one of all empty-chaired for the night, leaving plenty of space for the memories of his gaffes to rush in, so that if you marshalled them into one big, sloppy mental ball you barely missed the man at all. Related: Future shock: why Years and Years is 2019's most terrifying TV show Continue reading...
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Campaign calls for entertainment venues to plan for terror attack
So-called Martyn’s law would compel premises to take steps to bolster their securityA group representing terrorism survivors will call on the Home Office to require all venues and public spaces – from arenas to pubs – to prepare a dedicated security plan in case of an attack.Called Martyn’s law, the proposal is named after Martyn Hett, who was killed in the Manchester arena attack two years ago, and is supported by his mother, other terror survivors and former counter-terror police officers. Continue reading...
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Sam Kerr nets four as Australia qualify for Women's World Cup last 16
Swing in goal difference puts Matildas through in secondBrazil beat Italy 1-0 in other Group C encounterIt took Sam Kerr 10 World Cup games to find her first goal, but over 90 pulsating minutes in Grenoble the Matildas’ talisman fashioned four more – a first ever World Cup hat-trick for an Australian – to help her side secure second place in Group C and an appointment with Norway in Nice. Related: Jamaica v Australia: Women's World Cup 2019 – live! Continue reading...
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Mali attack: gunmen on motorbikes kill at least 41 people in two villages
Attacks on the villages of Yoro and Gangafani 2 compound a dire security situation in central MaliUnidentified gunmen on motorbikes attacked two villages in central Mali, killing at least 41 people in a part of the country where ethnic reprisal attacks have surged in recent months, a local mayor said on Tuesday.The attacks on Monday evening on the villages of Yoro and Gangafani 2 compound a dire security situation in central Mali, where ethnic militias regularly slaughter civilians from rival groups and Islamist militants are also active. Continue reading...
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Plantwatch: Britain’s ancient endangered rainforests
Relics of the last ice age, these magical places are threatened by overgrazing and invasive speciesIt may seem bizarre, but Britain has rainforests. These are temperate rainforests, far cooler than the hot steamy rainforests of the tropics, but just as wet and humid, drenched in huge downpours of rain and very clean air off the Atlantic, and mild all year round thanks to the equable ocean currents originating from the Gulf Stream.These British rainforests are just as lush as the tropical ones, but far rarer. They are relics of the great Atlantic forests dating back to the end of the last ice ago 10,000 years ago, and some of the best surviving forests are in Scotland. Continue reading...
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Stricken polar bear turns up in Siberian city, hundreds of miles from home
Visibly weak female bear spotted in Norilsk in northern SiberiaClimate emergency has damaged polar bears’ sea-ice habitatsA starving polar bear has strayed hundreds of kilometres from its natural Arctic habitat and wandered, exhausted, into the major Russian industrial city of Norilsk in northern Siberia. Related: Scientists shocked by Arctic permafrost thawing 70 years sooner than predicted Continue reading...
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Ackley Bridge review – carry on screaming: the school drama is back
The third outing for the Halifax-based series sees tensions grow – as familiar and new characters steer an emotional rollercoaster Ackley Bridge (Channel 4) opens its third series with a scream. Lots of screaming, in fact. It goes from zero to 60 in less time than it takes to ask Sir if you can go to the loo. This warm and amiable school drama, set in a fictional town roughly around Halifax, pronounced “Arkley” if you’re an Oxford academic – more on that in a minute – kicks off in fine, cartoonish form, with a night at the funfair. Scream! Related: Ackley Bridge: the raucous school drama that's a surprise hit with teens Continue reading...
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Corbyn to outline Brexit strategy – but unlikely to back remain
Labour leader under pressure from shadow cabinet over position on fresh referendumJeremy Corbyn plans to use a speech in the coming days to outline the latest evolution in Labour’s Brexit policy – but is expected to stop well short of the clarion call for remain demanded by his deputy, Tom Watson.The shadow cabinet will discuss Brexit on Wednesday, with the Labour leader under intense pressure from shadow ministers including Watson, Emily Thornberry and Keir Starmer to signal more clearly his support for a fresh referendum. Continue reading...
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Mountaineers land plane 400 metres from summit of Mont Blanc
Pair attempt to reach summit but are intercepted by police and told to turn backTwo Swiss mountaineers landed a small plane less than 400 metres from the summit of Mont Blanc before heading for the top of Europe’s tallest peak with police in pursuit.The pair landed the aircraft 4,450 metres (14,600 feet) up the mountain in the French Alps on Tuesday in an incident described as a “provocation” by Eric Fournier, the mayor of the nearby Chamonix resort. Continue reading...
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Afghanistan’s fairytale wilts in the reality of England’s ODI supremacy | Tanya Aldred
Afghanistan and Rashid Khan have played most of their games against lesser lights and they were duly made to pay in the World Cup against the No 1-ranked sideThere are many ways to feel alone on a cricket field. In the hell of a falling-apart dressing room, on the long walk out, or the long walk back. And then there is the personal torment of being Rashid Khan at Old Trafford on Tuesday.Rashid, whose smiling face is currently stopping and starting as it travels around Manchester on the side of various buses, is one of the best one-day bowlers in the world, and last year he became the youngest ever No 1 in the ICC rankings. His on-the-spot googlies and selection of fast leg-spinning sugar-pop have made him popular, and rich. But here he met an irrepressible force. After the slowest power‑play England have endured all tournament, with 26 dot balls, Eoin Morgan marched out with an itch that needed a scratch. Continue reading...
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Ballet Cymru: Romeo a Juliet review – full-throttle fights in the valleys
New Vic, Newcastle-under-LymeThis nimble company has scaled Shakespeare back to suit its 12 dancers, and in Danila Marzilli they have a knockout JulietBallet Cymru’s energetic Romeo a Juliet contains cagoules, clog dancing and a best mate called Cerys. Choreographed by company directors Darius James and Amy Doughty, it pitches Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers into a violent version of the Welsh valleys.It’s a wise move for this young, 12-strong company to sidestep period pageantry in favour of pared-back immediacy, especially as any balletic interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy inevitably draws comparison with Kenneth MacMillan’s teeming, sumptuously designed version for the Royal Ballet. Continue reading...
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Eoin Morgan’s brutal 148 shows he practises what he preaches
The England captain has told his team to play without fear – and against Afghanistan at Old Trafford he led by exampleEoin Morgan played the perfect captain’s innings against Afghanistan on Tuesday. Where once the phrase meant defiance in the face of adversity, here the message to his England teammates was that it was time to take the aerial route. Related: Eoin Morgan launches England to easy World Cup win over Afghanistan Continue reading...
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Jamaica v Australia: Women's World Cup 2019 – live!
Plus updates from Italy v Brazil, Group C decidersDavid Squires on … the World Cup, goals and good old VARAny thoughts? Email or tweet @KieranPender 7.41pm BST Jamaican coach Hue Menzies spoke to the press yesterday. Earlier in the day I had spoken to some Jamaican fans, one of whom said to me:We’ve already won the World Cup, just by being here. It is historic.We have pride in ourselves. We know we should be doing better. We want to get some results out of this.It’s amazing that we’re here. We’ve dealt with all that adversity. This group is just so resilient. 7.29pm BST Tonight is a big one for the Matildas’ Lisa De Vanna, who is playing her 150th match for the Australian national team. That leaves her just one off Australia’s most-capped player, Cheryl Salisbury. My dear colleague Richard Parkin spoke to the mercurial striker before the tournament. Related: Lisa De Vanna: ‘I used to lose my mind about simple things’ | Richard Parkin Continue reading...
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Juan Mata agrees three-year deal to stay at Manchester United
• Spaniard’s contract was set to expire on 30 June• Salary similar but length a step up from one-year offerJuan Mata has reached an agreement on a new contract tieing him to Manchester United for the next three years. The deal will run until the Spaniard is 34, with the intention of him remaining at the club after he retires as a player.Mata’s current contract, which is worth £140,000 a week, expires in just over two weeks’ time, on 30 June. The Spain midfielder had attracted interest from Barcelona and, although talks with United have been going on for months, he had initially failed to reach an agreement on his salary and the duration of the deal and appeared set to walk away without renewing. Herrera and Antonio Valencia had already departed in similar circumstances as their existing deals concluded. Continue reading...
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