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What Airbnb really does to a neighbourhood

<b>Millions of people use Airbnb when travelling but its popularity sometimes puts it at odds with locals. So, how do short-term holiday lets really affect a neighbourhood?</b><p>In the decade since it was launched, online home rental platform Airbnb has amassed millions of rooms worldwide.<p>But it has also …

New York City

How tourism is killing Barcelona – a photo essay

La Rambla is a business. Every year more than 100 million people walk along it. Imagine if each person spends only €1 Fermín Villar, Friends of La Rambla<p>It’s 9am on a hot August morning and timed tickets to visit Barcelona’s emblematic Sagrada Família basilica have already sold out. Only a few …

Photo Essays

India's Forgotten Child Brides

Picture Stories<p>Child marriage is on the decline, but girls from poor regions slip through the cracks.<p>The smells and colors—bold yellow turmeric smeared on hands and faces, a strip of red powdered vermillion applied to the hairline—offer the first clues that a wedding is about to happen or has just …

Photos

Why is there a measles outbreak in Europe?

Cases of measles in Europe have reached the highest this decade, according to the World Health Organization.<p>So what's going on?

World Health Organization

Tropical disease outbreaks are growing threat in Europe as temperatures rise

After West Nile virus kills 22 people in heatwave, experts warn of more mosquito and tick-borne diseases due to climate change<p>Europe is facing a growing threat of tropical disease outbreaks, as rising temperatures linked to climate change cause illnesses brought by travellers to spread more easily, …

Public Health

Choose a side: the battle to keep French isle McDonald's-free

Inside a ramshackle former holiday club on the picturesque Île d’Oléron off France’s Atlantic coast, a group of people were screen-printing old T-shirts with anti-burger slogans inspired by the student protests of May 1968. The artwork implored “comrades” to choose their side in the island’s battle …

McDonald's

Is Manchester’s LGBT scene under threat from regeneration?

As Manchester celebrates Pride, some in the LGBT community are warning the city’s gay scene and culture are under threat.

LGBTQI

Improving life expectancy used to be the UK's forte – now it's falling behind

Life expectancy is one of the most important indicators a country can produce about the health of its population. Any deterioration in it is a marker …

Life Expectancy

The Ghost Town of Namib Desert

In the dry, barren stretches on the edge of the Namib Desert in south-western Africa lie the bones of a grand town.<p>Among the gentle curves of the …

Cape Town

Manufacturing and migration

1 Welcome to Birmingham<p>Welcome to Birmingham! Located in the heart of the West Midlands, Birmingham vies with Manchester over which is Britain’s …

Cirque du Soleil

Climate change and the media

How do the media influence the climate change debate? Does The Guardian’s climate campaign signify a shift in the media’s reporting about climate …

Media Industry

How a cluster of Toxteth streets went from proud home for migrants to a neglected wasteland - and now a community reborn

For decades Liverpool's Welsh Streets have stood as a testament to missed opportunities, urban decline and planning policies which have left …

Food waste: alarming rise will see 66 tonnes thrown away every second

New analysis warns food loss is set to increase by a third by 2030 unless urgent action is taken<p>The amount of food that is wasted each year will rise by a third by 2030, when 2.1bn tonnes will either be lost or thrown away, equivalent to 66 tonnes per second, according to new analysis.<p>The report by …

Food Waste

Summer weather is getting 'stuck' due to Arctic warming

Summer weather patterns are increasingly likely to stall in Europe, North America and parts of Asia, according to a new climate study that explains why Arctic warming is making heatwaves elsewhere more persistent and dangerous.<p>Rising temperatures in the Arctic have slowed the circulation of the jet …

The fastest-sinking city in the world

<b>The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people</b> <b>but it</b> <b>is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 20</b><b>5</b><b>0, say researchers. Is it too late?</b><p>It sits on swampy land, the Java Sea lapping against it, and …

Jakarta

Measles cases hit record high in Europe

<b>Cases of measles in Europe have hit a record high, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).</b><p>More than 41,000 people have been infected in the first six months of 2018, leading to 37 deaths.<p>Last year there were 23,927 cases and the year before 5,273. Experts blame this surge in infections on …

Is this Britain's most expensive second home? Woman shells out £8.09million for luxury house on the super-exclusive Sandbanks peninsula

A luxury house on Sandbanks has become one of Britain's most expensive coastal homes after it was sold for a record-breaking £8.09million.<p>The …

Leeds school uses spoons to help prevent forced marriage

<b>A school is attempting to tackle forced marriages by handing out spoons to urge students to hide them in underwear to trigger metal detectors at airports.</b><p>Pupils at the Co-operative Academy in Leeds have been told to hide the cutlery there if they fear they are being taken overseas to be married.<p>It …

The crop that put women on top in Zanzibar

<b>Seaweed has been hailed as a new superfood, and it's also found in toothpaste, medicine and shampoo. In Zanzibar, it's become big business - and as it has been farmed principally by women, it has altered the sexual balance of power.</b><p>Just after dawn, a group of women carrying ropes and sticks on …

Plastic bags: Shop assistant 'grabbed by throat' as Australia ban starts

<b>Tempers flared in Australia over the weekend as retailers implemented a ban on single-use plastic bags.</b><p>One customer reportedly grabbed a shop assistant by the throat, while another called staff "money-grabbing scum".<p>The ban on single-use bags is part of a national push to reduce waste. Retailers in …

Legalising cannabis could be ‘win-win-win’ for UK, says thinktank

Institute of Economic Affairs says criminalisation has failed and reform could create £1bn<p>Margaret Thatcher’s favourite free-market thinktank has called on the government to legalise cannabis, arguing that the move could save more than £1bn generated from extra taxes and other savings in public …

Poorer areas of England have more fast-food shops, figures show

Health agency calls on councils to consider imposing limits to help reduce obesity<p>Almost half of the fast-food outlets in England are in the most deprived parts of the country, figures show, raising fresh concerns about child obesity in poorer areas.<p>The most affluent 10% of England is home to just …

Age 105? Then you've a better chance of living even longer

It’s considered an inescapable fact of life: the older you get, the more likely death becomes. But new research suggests that the chances of dying may level off – at least for those who make it to 105 years old.<p>The study found that death rates, which rise exponentially in adulthood, begin to …

The great firewall of China: Xi Jinping’s internet shutdown

Before Xi Jinping, the internet was becoming a more vibrant political space for Chinese citizens. But today the country has the largest and most sophisticated online censorship operation in the world. By Elizabeth C Economy<p>In December 2015, thousands of tech entrepreneurs and analysts, along with a …

London house price growth at nine-year low amid Edinburgh and Manchester spurt

House price growth in London has slowed to a nine-year low, while prices in Edinburgh and Manchester are rising faster than in any other major UK city, according to a survey.<p>The latest UK Cities House Price Index, from the property research firm Hometrack, shows that Aberdeen and Cambridge were the …

Grammar schools: Do they encourage social mobility?

<b>The government has said it will give grammar schools in England the chance to create thousands of new places in a trimmed-down selective school expansion programme.</b><p>This will also extend to faith schools.<p>Former pupils of grammar schools, and parents of current students, share their views of an often …

Risk of water shortages for England warns Environment Agency

<b>England is facing water supply shortages by 2050 unless rapid action is taken to curb water use and wastage, the Environment Agency has warned.</b><p>Its new report says enough water to meet the needs of 20 million people is lost through leakage every day.<p>Population growth and the impact of climate change …

How do you stop the flow of lava?

<b>Authorities on Hawaii's Big Island have declared a state of emergency as lava from the Kilauea volcano threatens residential communities and roads. Is there any way to stop a lava flow and save the homes in its path?</b><p>The Sicilians have always been threatened by Mount Etna, the volcano mountain in …

Turning carbon dioxide into rock - forever

<b>Nested in the snow-covered mountains of western Iceland, a maze of turbines and pipes belches thick billows of steam. This mammoth structure is responsible for providing power to a country where 100% of the electricity comes from renewable sources.</b><p>The Hellisheidi power station, 25km (15 miles) …

Ebola outbreak in DRC: are we better prepared this time?

Two cases of Ebola virus disease have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), just one year after the country declared its last …

Disease