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Battling to save the world's bananas

<b>Visiting the Matanuska banana plantation is not easy these days. After a two-hour drive from the nearest city in northern Mozambique, visitors who make it to the farm are stopped at the entrance and asked to dip their feet in pools of disinfectant. Even the cars get a bath.</b><p>Once an apparent miracle …

Forestry

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How the ancient Welsh language helped shape English

<b>From arctic birds to nicknames, the influence of Wales on the English language has been underestimated, says a Celtic Studies expert.</b><p>Compilers of the new online version of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) say penguin, Taffy and cariad are examples of Welsh words adopted by English.<p>Poet Dylan …

Linguistics

If You Think the Water Crisis Can't Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained

We're pumping irreplaceable groundwater to counter the drought. When it's gone, the real crisis begins.<p>Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies …

Migration 'made it harder for the young to buy homes' because rise in rents caused by demands meant they couldn't afford a deposit

• <b>In the last ten years net migration has totalled 2.5million</b>• <b><br>Many set up home after Tony Blair opened up the country to Eastern Europe</b>• <b><br>Spiralling rents</b> …

Migrant and Refugee Crisis News from Syria and Europe

EUROPEAN MIGRANT AND REFUGEE CRISIS NEWS AND PICTURES<p>04/01/18 20:27<p>President Donald Trump 's White House went scorched earth on Steve Bannon, a …

Secret report warns of migration meltdown in Britain

A massive rise in immigration next year could trigger a devastating crisis in Britain's schools, housing and welfare services, according to a secret …

Rock climber makes historic ropeless ascent of California's El Capitan

Alex Honnold, 31, is first to free-solo Yosemite Valley cliff Honnold took 2,900ft-tall route ranked near highest difficulty<p>Alex Honnold has free-soloed El Capitan, completing a ropeless ascent of the legendary California cliff in just under four hours on Saturday morning, making the summit in time …

Economics

Is it time to ditch the Fitbit?

I have been pushing myself to hit 10,000 steps a day. But a new study shows I have probably been wasting my time<p>My friend taunted me yesterday. It was no perceived slight, or joke gone wrong. I got a notification on the Fitbit app on my phone: “Emily W taunted you.”<p>Emily has worn her Fitbit for a …

Research

Only a third of rail commuters think fares are value for money

Southern is worst-rated operator in Transport Focus survey of passengers<p>Only one in three commuters believes their rail fare is value for money, according to the passenger watchdog’s national survey.<p>Transport Focus, whose national rail passenger survey asked 27,000 passengers to rate aspects of …

Trains

Towel wars over? Thomas Cook offers sunbed booking for £22

Customers will be able to choose their preferred spot from a map giving details of sun and shade<p>Is this the end of the battle for the sunbed? Thomas Cook is offering holidaymakers the chance to pre-book sun loungers, eliminating the need for the dawn dash to the pool to bag one with a towel.<p>For €25 …

Hospitality

Suffragette cities: events to mark the centenary of voting rights for women

The 100th anniversary of votes for (some) women heralds a year of plays, parades and talks and includes the Museum of London’s suffragette movement exhibition<p>The 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 is to be marked on 6 February. It was legislation that enabled all men and …

England

A ban on internet slang? That's derp

Writers at Gawker have been warned by the website's new editor that 'amazeballs', 'lulz' and 'WTF' are off the menu. Massive fail, says Steven Poole<p>Breaking: new chief of slangy internet site doesn't want it to sound quite so much like a slangy internet site. Incoming Gawker editor Max Read has …

Smart cites: Sustainable solutions for urban living

Architecture and infrastructure in cities is designed without much flexibility. But 21st Century living is changing, people are creating buildings and systems that react and respond to our shifting needs.<p>The urban revolution of the Anthropocene is not just remarkable in its scale, but also in the …

Urbanism

A million bottles a minute: world's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change'

Exclusive: Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top half a trillion by 2021, far outstripping recycling efforts and jeopardising oceans, coastlines and other environments<p>Help us tell the stories that need to be told. Become a Guardian supporter or make a contribution today<p>A million …

Pollution

Lobster found with Pepsi logo 'tattoo' fuels fears over ocean litter

Blue-and-red image appears on claw of lobster found off New Brunswick How the logo got there remains a topic of debate<p>Concerns over debris littering the world’s oceans are back in the spotlight after a Canadian fishing crew found a lobster with the blue and red Pepsi logo imprinted on its …