Gore says global climate deal will be reached

Former US vice-president Al Gore has said he believes a global climate deal would be agreed in Copenhagen later this year because a "political tipping point" had been reached.

Steve Connor: Wowed by an ex-next president

Science Notebook: The hordes who poured out of the lecture hall were unanimous in their approval

Meet the real leader of the Liberal Democrats

Hundreds of postal votes that arrived late would have meant Chris Huhne won the race to succeed Menzies Campbell

The Great Green Survey: Our readers share their views on the greatest issues of our time

Do you recycle? Avoid flying? Maybe you think buying local makes more of a difference? In an exclusive poll, our readers shared their views on the greatest issues of our time. Michael McCarthy introduces the results

TalkSport proves that there is life after Kelvin

The fortunes of the once unloved station have been transformed since new owners took over and the former Sun editor moved on. And Germany '06 is its biggest moment yet

Racing: Soumillon can rely on Riyalma to lift Oaks

Jockeys from across the Channel have perpetrated some infamous bungles at Epsom over the years, but nobody is entertaining the possibility of le coq-up sportif over the next two days.

JPod, by Douglas Coupland

Generation X asks: why?

Hunting and Gathering, by Anna Gavalda, trans Alison Anderson

Our caring, sharing friends in a candidly cute Paris

The Thinking Fan's Guide To The World Cup, edited by Matt Weiland & Sean Wilsey

An almost pitch-perfect companion to the biggest event in sport

Brian Paddick: Britain's most controversial police chief

He went soft on drugs in Brixton, spoke out about the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, and had his private life raked over in the press. Now, after 30 years of service, Brian Paddick's been hounded out of his job. But were his radical policies to blame? Or was Scotland Yard simply not ready for a liberal, gay, Oxford graduate so high in its ranks? Jason Bennetto reports

Pest in show: a rare celebration of the creepy-crawly

Cutlass-jawed, armour-plated and organised by a terrifying collective intelligence, the ants of Saul Bass's 1974 film Phase IV wage war on the human inhabitants of the North American desert. Bass filmed life-sized members of the Formicidae family chewing through cables and devouring people from the inside out, because the idea that insects dominate life on Earth is the truth. As the great Alabaman entomologist, EO Wilson, once pointed out: "If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed 10,000 years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos." The nightmare is not that the insects could wipe us out - it's that we're annihilating them.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

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Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project