News High ideals: Labour has built around 400 homes in each of its local authority areas since the election

Conservative councils build only half as much affordable and social housing

Hilary Benn: We must lay down axes, pick up our shovels, and get tree-planting

Our ancient forests continue to fall at an alarming rate. Illegal logging and the international trade in illegal timber damage the environment, cost governments billions of dollars in lost revenue, encourage corruption, undermine the rule of law and fund armed conflict.

Ministers head to climate change talks

A raft of Government ministers are heading to the UN climate talks in Copenhagen in the coming days in a bid to push for an ambitious deal, officials said today.

Flood victims return home as more rain is forecast

Clean-up operation begins as homeowners face up to flood devastation in Cumbria

The 'biblical' deluge that broke all the records

Tributes are paid to PC Bill Barker, who died when a flooded river caused a bridge to collapse

Authorities powerless to prevent this disaster

Flood defences

Brown: We'll provide what's needed in flood crisis

The Government will provide anything needed to help during the flooding which has seen hundreds of people evacuated from their homes, Gordon Brown said today.

Terence Blacker: Britain's green and pleasant divided land

Because politicians only occasionally take into consideration what is happening in the British countryside, rural policies and initiatives, when they do come, often have an other-worldly, Alice in Wonderland feel to them.

UK to get 'motorways for animals'

Corridors of greenery that will allow endangered species to migrate form part of comprehensive review of country's wildlife

Tesco backs 'country of origin' meat drive

The UK's biggest retailer Tesco today backed the Conservatives' campaign to ensure food labels have better information to tell consumers where meat products come from.

Big stores counting the cost of ban on GM food

Supermarkets in talks on how to educate public about benefits of science

Councils blame supermarkets for £1.8bn cost of excess packaging

Supermarkets were blamed yesterday for wasteful packaging, adding an estimated £1.8bn to council tax bills.

Environment ministers pressed on cuts

Environment ministers refused to admit today whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' budget was being cut.

Benn hints at government spending cuts

A Cabinet minister has given the strongest indication yet that the Government will have to cut spending after the next general election.

Millions of homes 'at risk of flooding'

One in six homes in England is at risk of flooding, the Environment Agency warned today.

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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'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

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