Environment Scientists have found that temperatures are rising faster in the Arctic than in the rest of the world, and two and a half times faster than in previous estimates

It was the evidence that climate change sceptics loved to cite. While the scientific community’s warnings about global warming had become ever more convincing, the critics pointed time and again to graphs showing the rise in the world’s average surface temperatures has slowed down since 1998 – a fact extensively interpreted by many vocal opponents as a fundamental failure in the basic science of climate change.

Rocking it: punk plaid on the catwalk at Moschino

Never mind the Punk here’s the fashions

Punk. It’s one of those slightly dodgy fashion trends that rears its head every few years, generally amid much heated ideological debate.

'Composition' ('Le typographe') - Fernand Léger

$1bn gift of cubist art to transform New York's Met

Cosmetics heir and heavy-weight philanthropist Leonard A Lauder has donated 78 pieces to the museum

Editorial: Our police need more radical change than this

The priority must be far fewer forces to produce a coherent national structure

New York's Met Museum

New York's Met museum sued over 'recommended' $25 admission fee

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York faces the possibility of tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue if a lawsuit over its allegedly misleading admissions policy succeeds.

When to cancel on the Met

There are some things in life for which you just can't plan. The all-male operatic-pop vocal group Il Divo was manufactured by Simon Cowell in 2004.

Kickstarting the history of modern art: Cézanne's 'Le Vase Bleu'

Cézanne: A Life, By Alex Danchev

Thanks to this original biography, we see a great artist from a new angle, and in extra depth

Yevgeny Nikitin was to play the star role in The Flying Dutchman at the Bayreuth Festival, but resigned after being confronted by the festival's management for his Nazi tatoos

'Nazi tattooed' opera singer insists tattoo was not swastika

After withdrawing from the Bayreuth Wagner Festival last month following the appearance of a tattoo during a program broadcast on German television, Russian bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin now says the image was not a swastika.

Charles Anthony: Tenor who set a record at the Met

The character singer Charles Anthony, who set the record for most appearances at the Metropolitan Opera – 2,928 – during a career that spanned from 1954 to 2010, died on 15 February at the age of 82.

Jessica Duchen: This institution represents the Big Apple's cultural core

It is a sorry state of affairs when an opera company resorts to locking out its own performers – and the once vibrant and innovative New York City Opera (NYCO) is looking like barely a rump of its former self.

McQueen's smash hit show proves he hasn't gone out of style

A restrospective of the late British fashion designer, Alexander McQueen, has become the most popular fashion exhibition ever to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Nice aria, shame about the film

Operas on screen bring expensive productions within general reach. But the results are disappointing, says Jessica Duchen

McQueen is dead. Long live McQueen

Oft dubbed the Oscars of the fashion industry, the annual Met Ball was this year a particularly flamboyant affair. The gala dinner traditionally held to launch a major show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute this year celebrated Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, a retrospective of the late British designer's work.

Last year was second hottest on record, say scientists

In Britain it ended in freezing temperatures and weeks of snow and ice. Globally, though, 2010 was still the second warmest year on record, according to Met Office scientists who yesterday reaffirmed that the world is continuing to get warmer.

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Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
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From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

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Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

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Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

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DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

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Who does your club need in the transfer window?

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