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UK politics: Tory HQ resists calls to refer Menzies allegations to police – as it happened

10.52am and 2.24pm.) But party sources have confirmed that an investigation into Menzies is under way. It is understood that a whisteblower approached Simon Hart, the chief whip, three months ago, and the matter was referred to CCHQ. Initially the…

Fossil of ‘largest snake to have ever existed’ found in western India

Fossil vertebrae unearthed in a mine in western India are the remains of one of the largest snakes that ever lived, a monster estimated at up to 15 metres in length – longer than a T rex. Scientists have recovered…

‘Reprehensible retreat’: fury as Scottish ministers scrap carbon emissions pledge

Climate campaigners have accused Scottish ministers of being “inept” and “short-termist” after they scrapped Scotland’s target to cut carbon emissions by 75% by 2030. Màiri McAllan, the Scottish net zero secretary, confirmed her government had abandoned that target and would…

US lawmakers Elizabeth Warren and Ro Khanna seek to ban trade in water rights

With private investors poised to profit from water scarcity in the west, US senator Elizabeth Warren and representative Ro Khanna are pursuing a bill to prohibit the trading of water as a commodity. The lawmakers will introduce the bill on…

Plastic-production emissions could triple to one-fifth of Earth’s carbon budget – report

By the middle of the century, global emissions from plastic production could triple to account for one-fifth of the Earth’s remaining carbon budget, an analysis has found. The stunning new estimates from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, published on Wednesday, provide…

‘We can’t hunt or fish’: the villages in Ecuador’s Amazon surrounded by abandoned explosives

Living on the banks of the Bobonaza River, in the Ecuadorian Amazon, the Indigenous communities in Sarayaku have always lived in harmony with nature. The rainforest, says Patricia Gualinga, is a sacred, conscious being. So when an Argentinian company was…

Penguins in the pond, kiwi in the back yard: how a city brought back its birds

Some time in the pre-dawn darkness, the commotion starts. From her bed, Danae Mossman hears the noise building: loud romantic liaisons, vomiting, squeals, the sound of bodies hitting the pool at full tilt. Things get particularly loud between midnight and…

Goodbye cod, hello herring: why putting a different fish on your dish will help the planet

Perched on a quay in the Cornish port of Falmouth is Pysk fishmongers, where Giles and Sarah Gilbert started out with a dream to supply locally caught seafood to the town. Their catch comes mainly from small boats that deliver…

Lethal heatwave in Sahel worsened by fossil fuel burning, study finds

The deadly protracted heatwave that filled hospitals and mortuaries in the Sahel region of Africa earlier this month would have been impossible without human-caused climate disruption, a new analysis has revealed. Mali registered the hottest day in its history on…

Who really wins if the Enhanced Games go ahead? – podcast

Billed as a rival to the Olympic Games, the Enhanced Games, set to take place in 2025, is a sporting event with a difference; athletes will be allowed to dope. Ian Sample talks to chief sports writer Barney Ronay about…