Environment

New studies show what experts say is the direct consequence of global warming on Magellanic penguins in South America

The home of the TV weatherman was raided by police as part of an investigation into historic sexual abuse

Police widen inquiry into TV weatherman Fred Talbot

Detectives investigating reports of historic sexual abuse by a former teacher have widened their investigation to take in at least two other schools.

TV weatherman Fred Talbot arrested in sex abuse investigation

TV weatherman Fred Talbot was arrested today by police investigating historic sex abuse allegations at a school.

Captain Robert Scott's last letter

Scott of the Antarctic - the last letter: 'Excuse the writing – it's been minus 40'

The full text of the Antarctic explorer's final note to his naval commander is released 101 years after his death

Everest pioneer George Lowe dies aged 89

The last surviving member of the team which first conquered Everest in 1953 has died at the age of 89.

White stuffed: Tourists aboard an inflatable take photographs close up to an Antarctic iceberg

The Antarctic is left defenceless to tourism

Tourism booms again, but continent has no mandatory protection against visitors

Duncan Slater, who hopes to become the first double-amputee to walk to the South Pole

Wounded soldier aims to be the first double-amputee to trek to the South Pole

When faced with the tragedy of losing both of your legs, most people would think twice about competing in a physical challenge, but not Duncan Slater - who is tackling one head on.

Falklanders celebrate the referendum result in Port Stanley on Monday night
For the high jump?: Sponsors are beginning to wonder about the toxicity of the Festival and Grand National

The Last Word: Behind the Festival fun lie Cheltenham's killing fields

Amid the odds and wagers sit other numbers: 43 horses have died there in the past six years

Sir Ranulph Fiennes speaks to the media during a press conference at the Sofitel Hotel at Heathrow Airport, London after he was forced to pull out of an expedition across Antarctica because of frostbite

Sir Ranulph Fiennes reveals frustration after quitting Coldest Journey expedition with frostbite

68-year-old developed frostbite after taking off his gloves in temperatures of around minus 33C

My life in travel: Richard Dunwoody

'The scenery in the Andes was stunning'

A scene from Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Forget the A-listers – Leicester factory workers have already won their Oscar

Midlands company has had several famous visitors, including Stanley Kubrick, during more than a century of lens making

Mike Golding will probably now retire from ocean racing

Mike Golding completes third Vendée Globe race

Job done. After over 88 days at sea, Mike Golding completed his third Vendée Globe solo round the world race and his sixth circumnavigation of the planet, crossing the line in sixth place at Les Sables d’Olonne.

Mike Golding has completed his third, and probably last, Vendée Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race in his 60-foot Gamesa

Briton Mike Golding completes Vendee Globe race

Golding finishes in sixth place in round the world race

News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch and Liberty Media’s John Malone are old rivals

Murdoch vs Malone: Round 2 as Liberty Global strikes deal to buy Virgin Media for $16bn

The Cable King is on course for new duel with News Corp

The 12 Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of Port Campbell National Park, are evidence of immense forces

Take the scenic route: A long weekend on Australia's Great Ocean Road

If the "wide brown land" of Australia is a Hob Nob then the Great Ocean Road is where it has been dunked into the roiling tea cup of the Southern Ocean. The road – perennial candidate for the title of World's Most Scenic Drive – runs westward for 242km along the crumbling coast of south-west Victoria from the town of Torquay, just west of Melbourne; keep on going around the coast and you hit Adelaide, 800km later.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game