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So you drive a Prius, eat organic and boycott anything made in China – but will that help to fight climate change? Simon Usborne faces the facts many ecologists would rather ignore

On the Front Foot: England’s ship still afloat but Rec record is hard to fathom

After the great Test at the Rec, also known as the Antigua Recreation Ground, England no doubt felt miffed and robbed. They will hardly be consoled – especially as the match was never meant to be played – that they have extended the venue’s record as England’s least successful ever. There have now been seven Test matches between West Indies and England at the dilapidated but enduringly charming arena, of which the touring team have won none. At no other ground have they been quite so unrewarded. Wherever they have played a minimum of five matches, England have won at least one. It took until their seventh Test to win at the National Stadium, Karachi, a feat they came so close to equalling at the ARG. It was only the fourth match in which England have been denied victory for want of a single wicket, following those against India at Old Trafford in 1946 and at Lord’s in 2007, and against Australia at Old Trafford in 2005. For West Indies, who have lost three of their 22 Tests at the Rec, it was their second successive draw there with only one wicket in hand. Fidel Edwards, a last-wicket hero against India in 2006 when he batted for 57 minutes and faced 36 balls, was undefeated this time after 26 balls in 34 minutes. He is the only player in history to have three times been part of a last-wicket stand to save a Test match, his first being at Harare in 2003 when he batted for 32 minutes and successfully negotiated 33 balls. When he walked out at the Rec he must have thought the draw was in the bag.

Atwood accuses Dubai book festival of censorship

Gay characters offended ‘certain cultural sensitivities’ say organisers

Leading article: Iraq's chance for a happier future

The last time Iraqis went to the polls in 2005, the election set off a chain reaction of slaughter and mayhem that brought that nation to the verge of break-up. The Sunnis boycotted the vote, allowing Shia and Kurdish parties to sweep all before them. Fearing marginalisation, or worse, under the new political order, the Sunni factions intensified their insurgency campaign, inviting a vicious sectarian backlash from the Shia-controlled security forces.

Hertz withdraws from Israeli airline deal

Free car rental offered to customers who show 'solidarity' with Gaza action

'Fantastic timing': a baptism of fire at the Jewish Chronicle

After leaving the Express in anger, Stephen Pollard is relishing his new role.

Cutting-edge clothes chain faces a boycott, and all because of one little pro-gay T-shirt

It's the shop with a hip reputation for cutting-edge clothes and funky homewear, but Urban Outfitters is facing a backlash – and even a boycott – over a slogan T-shirt.

Speaker faces growing pressure to step down

Backbench critics angry at Damian Green affair may oppose reappointment

Calderwood waits for call to bow out as hero

Mark Calderwood could receive an unexpected late chance to leave Wigan as a hero tonight. The England winger has had a generally undistinguished three seasons at the club and was confirmed yesterday as a Hull signing on a two-year contract after not being offered a new deal by Wigan. He was not in the squad for the play-off against Bradford, but the illness of an unnamed back could win him a late call-up.

Barrister dispute 'could hit major trials'

A wrangle over legal aid rates which had threatened to delay the start of the trial of a 17-year-old accused of murdering Rhys Jones could affect scores of other big criminal court cases, it was reported today.

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct face tough conditions

Britain's biggest sporting goods retailer, Sports Direct, reported flat first-quarter sales and gross profits today and said trading conditions remained the toughest in the group's history.

Mugabe to form government without MDC

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe will form a new government soon but he says the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change does not want to join, state media reported.

Mugabe's grip on power loosens as rival wins vote for post of speaker

Robert Mugabe's increasingly desperate attempts to cling to power suffered a heavy blow yesterday when the opposition Movement for Democratic Change won a vote for the coveted post of speaker of parliament.

Private schools boycott 'meaningless' league tables

Leading independent schools are boycotting A-level and GCSE examination league tables this year, claiming that they have become increasingly "meaningless".

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