Carmageddon: its killing urban life. We must reclaim our cities before its too late | George Monbiot

Land Rovers latest ads tell us that gas guzzlers contribute to urban culture. They do the opposite, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot What is the best way of wrecking a city? Pour cars into it. Heavy traffic, they use 60%. The car eats the public space that could otherwise become parks, cycle lanes, markets and playgrounds. Land Rovers new advertisements for its marketed as the Range Rover for the city, which sounds like a contradiction: SUVs like this were originally designed for dirt roads in the countryside. But now, according to the agency behind this revolting campaign, we are features the supermodel Adwoa Aboah driving through Brixton, staring at the interesting street life as if on a human safari and …

Man makes deepest-ever dive in Mariana Trench and discovers … litter

A retired naval officer dove in a submarine nearly 36,000ft into the deepest place on Earth, only to find what appears to be plastic On the deepest dive ever made by a human inside a submarine, a Texas investor found something he could have found in the gutter of nearly any street in the world: litter. Victor Vescovo, a retired naval officer, made the unsettling discovery as he descended nearly 35,853ft (10,927 meters) to a point in the Pacific Oceans Mariana Trench that is the deepest place on Earth, his expedition said in a statement on Monday. His dive went 52ft (16 meters) lower than the previous deepest descent in the trench in 1960. Undersea explorer Victor Vescovo pilots the …