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A campaign to widen access to the English countryside is gathering momentum. However, as Helena Horton reports from a mass trespass event in Devon, there is little sign the government is willing to budge
As the days lengthen and spring turns to summer, millions of people in England begin to head for the great outdoors to soak up the tranquility of the countryside. Since Covid lockdowns ended, people have been encouraged to make the most of the physical and mental health benefits of getting active in England’s green spaces.
However, as the environment reporter Helena Horton tells Michael Safi, they might be surprised to learn that they have no legal right of access to most of the country. Only about 8%, in fact.
In this episode, we discuss one senator’s objection to pass the $40 billion-dollar aid package for Ukraine. Plus, we’ll talk about the request Republican lawmakers are making to the US Justice Department that would make it illegal to protest outside the homes of Supreme Court justices. We also have the latest developments into former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified White House records after he left office. Then, we’ll talk about North Korea’s first death from Covid-19. Lastly, we’ll tell you about a Mega Millions drawing mixup that has many people checking their lottery tickets.
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The UN Human Rights Council has voted to set up an inquiry into allegations of abuses by Russian forces in Ukraine. Also: astronomers reveal the first ever image of the large black hole in our galaxy, and the Nepali woman who has climbed Everest ten times.