Global warming will weaken wind power, study predicts

Wind farms are key to tackling climate change but warming will significantly cut the power of the wind across northern mid-latitudes, including the US, the UK and the Mediterranean, according to new research. However, some places, including eastern Australia, will see winds pick up. The research is the first global study to project the impact …

Poppy is a disturbing internet meme seen by millions. Can she become a pop sensation?

‘I’m Poppy,” says Poppy, often. In one of her hundreds of videos on YouTube, she repeats those two words in her childlike monotone for 10 minutes. This has been viewed more than 12.6m times. Poppy has about 300 videos on her channel, which have received a combined 235m views, increasing by 250,000 a day; YouTube …

City slickers, Benteke’s blunder and classic Allardyce – Football Weekly

Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email. Guest host Paul MacInnes is joined by Barry Glendenning, Priya Ramesh and Daniel Harris for a stop-gap tour around the Premier League weekend. Starting with the derbies, we ask whether Manchester United fans deserve …

The Fiver | ‘Noisy neighbours’ live up to their name

Whether it’s gouging opposition coaches in the eye from behind, publicly humiliating a doctor for refusing to illegally encroach on the pitch to treat a player he’s ordered to feign knack or disparaging referees for doing their job correctly, José Mourinho has always been the personification of fair play. As gracious in defeat as he …

Writhing in linguine is fine, Emily Ratajkowski, if that’s your thing – but it’s not feminist

I see there’s been controversy about Emily Ratajkowski. What is this about? Samantha, by email Here’s what I think about Emily Ratajkowski: I think we should all think a lot less about Emily Ratajkowski. For those who think so little about her to the point they don’t even know who she is, allow me to catch you …

Fracas shows José Mourinho is feeling the sting of own methods | Barney Ronay

At first glance the most startling aspect of the Manchester derby tunnel fracas is the fact it seems to have been kicked off by José Mourinho knocking on the dressing room door and going toe-to-toe with Manchester City’s players. Hearing this, you wondered: why now? The fronting-up, the ballsiness, the stick-it–to-them bravado. Where was all …

Atlético get back to what they know and make La Liga a four-horse race | Sid Lowe

Quique Setién says he has told Atlético Madrid’s manager Diego Simeone exactly what he thinks of him but Simeone hasn’t told him back. He can guess, though: it doesn’t take a genius. “He might not like what I do, but he has the decency not to say so,” admits the chess-playing, beach football international, former …

Labour will make Britain a great digital power: here’s how | Liam Byrne

So the facts are in. The Tories have given us a recovery that is worse than the one in the 1930s that followed the Great Depression. And families won’t see any improvement in living standards until 2022. That’s why we should set a new ambition for Britain: to become the world’s leading digital economy. Today …

Liverpool’s rotation understandable but breaking up ‘Fab Four’ a derby risk too far | Andy Hunter

An inviting draw with Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League provided a welcome distraction for Liverpool on Monday, and timely illustration of progress, but their anger at how victory slipped away in the 229th Merseyside derby lingers. As do questions over the team selection that ensured Everton’s negativity and Dejan Lovren’s rashness …

The Box of Delights review – festive treat lifts the lid on a world of wonders

After two seasons of homespun Roy Hudd panto, this Victorian gem of a theatre brings us a relatively neglected children’s classic: a 1935 novel by John Masefield that, although seen on BBC TV in the 1980s, was new to me. In Piers Torday’s adaptation it provides an unexpected treat in its ability to combine ancient …