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One football pitch of forest lost every second in 2017, data reveals

Global deforestation is on an upward trend, jeopardising efforts to tackle climate change and the massive decline in wildlife<p>The world lost more than one football pitch of forest every second in 2017, according to new data from a global satellite survey, adding up to an area equivalent to the whole …

Climate Change

Trump is creating his American caliphate, and democracy has no defence | Nesrine Malik

Officials quoting a holy text to justify repressive policies is something we who grew up in the Arab world have seen before<p>If there was a dictator’s playbook, the Donald Trump administration would now be on the “Instrumentalise Religion” chapter. Last week, in what sounded like the launch of a US …

Donald Trump

UK police chiefs discuss officers routinely carrying guns

Police leaders have discussed frontline constables carrying guns amid concerns it would take too long for fully trained armed officers to reach an attack in rural areas, a police chief has said.<p>Simon Chesterman, the national lead for armed policing, said the routine arming of regular officers …

Guns

The tyranny of algorithms is part of our lives: soon they could rate everything we do | John Harris

Credit scores already control our finances. With personal data being increasingly trawled, our politics and our friendships will be next<p>For the past couple of years a big story about the future of China has been the focus of both fascination and horror. It is all about what the authorities in …

Xi Jinping

So Neanderthals made abstract art? This astounding discovery humbles every human

Abstract painting? My Neanderthal great great grandad could do that!<p>If you go to the painted caves of Spain and France, crawl through narrow passages and keep your balance on slippery rock floors, you reach the hidden places where ice age hunters made their marks tens of thousands of years ago. …

Humanity

Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work

<b>Scientists say they have settled one of medicine's biggest debates after a huge study found that anti-depressants work.</b><p>The study, which analysed data from 522 trials involving 116,477 people, found 21 common anti-depressants were all more effective at reducing symptoms of acute depression than …

Why the hysteria around 'fake news epidemic' is a distraction | Cas Mudde

The biggest obstacle to having an informed electorate isn’t fake news, but the profit-hungry media seeking clicks and eyeballs<p>Ever since Brexit and Trump took the political establishment by surprise, its representatives have been claiming that we are living in a “post-truth” world, where facts and …

Journalism

Are Toxic Political Conversations Changing How We Feel about Objective Truth?

In a key moment of the final Trump-Clinton presidential debate, Donald Trump turned to a question regarding Russian president Vladimir Putin:

Presidential Debate

My police force is struggling to conceal the fact that it's sinking

Police officers like me are now a rare sight in the neighbourhood I patrol and it’s been a long time since I was excited or proud of my job<p>I have been a neighbourhood PC for four years, in a police force savaged by cuts. I’ve just been told that I will have to reapply for my job because my patch is …

Persimmon chair quits over failure to rein in CEO's 'obscene' £100m+ bonus

Nicholas Wrigley quits over failure to cap housebuilder’s pay scheme, believed to be most generous ever in UK<p>The chair of housebuilding firm Persimmon has resigned over his role in orchestrating a £100m-plus bonus for the company’s chief executive, as critics accused the firm of benefiting from the …

There’s a simple way to stop big corporations avoiding tax. Here’s how | Rita de la Feria

If multinationals had to pay their dues where they make their sales, the kind of activities revealed in the Paradise Papers would be a thing of the past<p>The Paradise Papers revelations have again raised concerns over the way multinational corporations arrange their tax affairs. Why, with high …

Supreme court cellphone case puts free speech – not just privacy – at risk

Carpenter v United States has rightly prompted concerns over surveillance. But it could also have drastic implications for personal freedom in the digital age<p>On Wednesday, the supreme court will consider whether the government must obtain a warrant before accessing the rich trove of data that …

Nerve implant 'restores consciousness' to man in persistent vegetative state

A 35-year-old man who had been in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) for 15 years has shown signs of consciousness after receiving a pioneering therapy involving nerve stimulation.<p>The treatment challenges a widely-accepted view that there is no prospect of a patient recovering consciousness if …

Neurology

Jeremy Hunt can attack me all he wants – but he is wrong to say the NHS is working | Stephen Hawking

The NHS is facing severe crises, from staffing to funding. Hunt misquoting me and misrepresenting research doesn’t help<p>The secretary of state for health, Jeremy Hunt, has challenged me on Twitter and in an article for the Sunday Telegraph over a talk I gave recently to the Royal Society of Medicine …

The return of the KLF: pop's greatest provocateurs take on a post-truth world

It is 23 years since the KLF burned £1m and turned their back on the music industry. They have now returned with 2023, a piece of dystopian metafiction – could it be just what our consumer culture needs? We take a first look<p>So why exactly did the KLF set £1m on fire? It’s been a burning question …

Books

Silicon Valley siphons our data like oil. But the deepest drilling has just begun

Personal data is to the tech world what oil is to the fossil fuel industry. That’s why companies like Amazon and Facebook plan to dig deeper than we ever imagined<p>What if a cold drink cost more on a hot day?<p>Customers in the UK will soon find out. Recent reports suggest that three of the country’s …

Silicon Valley

Trump paints himself as the real victim of Charlottesville in angry speech

Speaking at a rally in Phoenix, president attempts to counter widespread, bipartisan condemnation of his response to far-right violence<p>Donald Trump has sought to portray himself as the true victim of the deadly events in Charlottesville, launching an all-out assault on the media and branding …

Centrists attack the left, but they are the true ideologues | Owen Jones

So-called Labour moderates refuse to diagnose their failures. No wonder they’re out in the cold<p>If a new so-called centrist party is to be set up, why not call it Denial, or perhaps Hubris? Self-described centrists believe that they are the besieged remnants of political sanity in a world gone mad. …

Forget ‘the environment’: we need new words to convey life’s wonders | George Monbiot

Language is crucial to how we perceive the natural world. Help me to find better ways of describing nature and our relationships with it so we can better defend it<p>If Moses had promised the Israelites a land flowing with mammary secretions and insect vomit, would they have followed him into Canaan? …

Everything must be measured: how mimicking business taints universities | Jonathan Wolff

Research and teaching are suffering as a result of target-setting, casualisation and sharp practices<p>Often, what begins as a pet-hate fades into the background irritation of life. But sometimes it gnaws away, gets under your skin and into your bones, then flares up, causing toxic shock. The term …

Higher Education

A second Brexit referendum? It’s looking more likely by the day | Vernon Bogdanor

The election changed everything and now deadlock in parliament looms. The final deal may have to go back to the people<p>• Vernon Bogdanor is professor of government at King’s College London<p>Negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU have now begun in earnest. They are required, according to …

Great Britain

The British empire’s hidden history is one of resistance, not pride | Priyamvada Gopal

Modern apologists would have us misty-eyed over the empire era. Instead we should celebrate the many forgotten voices who spoke out<p>• Priyamvada Gopal teaches in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge<p>Some news never gets old. Twitter recently gave fresh life to a 2014 YouGov poll when …

Snatching money from care workers marks a new low for the Tories | Polly Toynbee

A change to the law means carers are owed £400m in back pay. The government’s solution? Deny them their money<p>• Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist<p>At this time of year, journalists need to keep a sharp eye out for government statements sneaked out after parliament has gone home. But I have rarely …

Hatred of LGBTQ people still infects society. It's no time to celebrate | Owen Jones

Fifty years on from the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, gay and trans teenagers are still tormented by bigotry. Fury, not gratitude, is the proper response<p>• Owen Jones is a Guardian columnist<p>Anger, searing fury, not gratitude: that’s how the 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation …

LGBTQI

Donald Trump's tax cuts for the rich won't make America great again | Joseph Stiglitz

The president thinks lower taxes and deregulation will solve the US’s problems. They won’t work, because they never have<p>Although America’s rightwing plutocrats may disagree about how to rank the country’s major problems – for example, inequality, slow growth, low productivity, opioid addiction, …

I’ve been popping antidepressants since I was 16. Why is this a bad thing?

I was first prescribed depression medication five years ago and it’s now part of my self-care routine. It’s good for young people to take control of their mental health<p>I have been on the antidepressant citalopram for the best part of five years now – popping my pill is as much a part of my morning …

Depression

Soaring NHS vacancies prompt warnings of 'desperate' understaffing

Data shows number of available posts in England rose 15.8% over last year, and highlights shrinking nursing workforce<p>The number of vacancies in the NHS has soared by 15.8% over the last year, prompting warnings that the service is facing “desperate” problems of understaffing.<p>Figures for England …

Brussels attacks Liam Fox's 'ignorant' remarks on chlorinated chicken

EU withering about UK trade secretary’s view on food standards being minor matter in potential trade deal with US after Brexit<p>Senior EU figures have hit back at Liam Fox’s “ignorant and indigestible” claim that lowering UK food standards to allow the import of chlorinated chicken from the US is an …

Nothing about the Trump presidency is normal. Keep remembering that | Francine Prose

In the past six months most – if not all – of us have gone on with our lives. And inevitably, an updated version of normality has evolved, a ‘new normal’<p>Right after the November 2016 election, one often heard the promise, by Donald’s Trump’s opponents, never to allow his presidency to become …

Plastic pollution risks 'near permanent contamination of natural environment'

First global analysis of all mass–produced plastics has found humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes since the 1950s with the majority ending up in landfill or oceans<p>Humans have produced 8.3bn tonnes of plastic since the 1950s with the majority ending up in landfill or polluting the world’s continents …