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Yellowstone had 1m visitors in July alone. That’s unsustainable for US national parks

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National parks have been called America’s best idea, and for good reason. Unlike the castles and cathedrals of Europe, they belong to everyone. They are democracy writ large, where a people otherwise fiercely devoted ...

Harvey/O’Higgins Project: That’s the Way to Live! review – giving tradition a boost

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All the members of this quartet are highly rated on the British jazz scene, particularly saxophonist Dave O’Higgins. Graham Harvey is the pianist, with Jeremy Brown on bass and Josh Morrison on drums. They make an exc...

‘Hycean’: a portmanteau of hydrogen and ocean that’s not so far, far away

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Astronomers have begun scrutinising a new class of planet that might support alien life: the hycean. This is a portmanteau coinage combining “hydrogen” and “ocean”, since the planets are hot waterworlds with hydrogen-...

Want to read Dominic Cummings’ innermost thoughts? That’s going to cost you

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Once upon a time, Dominic Cummings had a blog and a very interesting one it was too. Now, he has a different kind of blog, which takes the form of a Substack newsletter. This comes in two flavours: one is free; the ot...

Love Island: the tired TV behemoth that’s lost its magic

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In recent years, Love Island has become as ingrained in the British calendar as April showers in spring, and that sludgy stuff that appears in the road when cars drive over fallen leaves in autumn. Love Island is summ...

Pose star Sandra Bernhard: ‘I never tried to be revolutionary. That’s just who I was’

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During nearly five decades in showbiz, Sandra Bernhard has racked up title after title – comedian, actor, singer, author, radio host – and a reputation for controversy. She has worked with a long list of superstars, f...

The Day Today: prophetic parody that’s still funny in the fake news era

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“This is the news! Happy now?” Since The Day Today first aired 27 years ago, with Chris Morris’s anchor posing that provocative question, it has remained the gold standard for parodic current affairs absurdity (as wel...

‘All that’s left are ashes’: Italian communities count cost of wildfires

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As with most farmers living in the remote towns of the Aspromonte mountain range in Calabria, southern Italy, Nicola Fortugno’s land was his life. The 79-year-old refused to be evacuated when flames engulfed Piraino, ...

The world could hit 1.5C warming in a decade. That’s terrible news for the Pacific

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A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) finds that the world may warm by 1.5°C by the early 2030s, much earlier than previously estimated. It’s terrible news for the Pacific. With temper...

Microbiologist Elisabeth Bik queried Covid research – that’s when the abuse and trolling began

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When Dr Elisabeth Bik raised serious concerns about the methodology of a paper that claimed hydroxychloroquine was effective in treating Covid-19, the online trolling was relentless. The trolls, mostly supporters of t...

It’s not Covid that’s damaging British trade. It’s Brexit

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Brexit is beginning to take its toll. Trade with the EU is suffering and foreign investment is heading south. Neither trend is temporary and both harm the government’s stated aim of “levelling up” regions that until n...

Marcus Rashford is ‘playing politics’? That’s great – he’s better at it than politicians

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The accusation that someone is “playing politics” has become a regular slur among my political opponents. Most recently, Natalie Elphicke, who succeeded her husband as MP for Dover while he was under suspicion of sexu...

The discredited legal tactic that’s putting abused UK children in danger

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In court custody battles over the past few years, a new term, “parental alienation”, has taken root. The phrase – based on a “syndrome” that has been internationally discredited and is banned from use in family courts...

The Breakdown: If at first the Lions don’t succeed, that’s basically it for the series

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You could write the definitive book on life and rugby based on the opening Tests of a British & Irish Lions series alone. It would cover every emotion from unthinkable glory to ashen-faced regret but one consisten...

Crossword Council #4 – that’s not an anagram! It’s a letter bank …

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The Crossword Council is an occasional feature where we pretend to take ourselves overseriously and consider a potential item in the cryptic toolbox that might be workable – or not. This time, our subject is workable,...

Jason Mohammad: ‘I was spat at for being Muslim. That’s just how it was’

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Jason Mohammad wants to talk, which will come as no surprise to observers of this most ubiquitous of broadcasters. After all, this is a man who as well as being the main presenter of BBC’s Final Score and occasional h...

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