BOOKS

Any book which comes with an accompanying playlist of wildlife and natural sounds should automatically be worth reading. But Wild Soundscapes is no kitsch novelty
When Harvard conservation biologist Edward Wilson looks you in the eye and asks the simple question ‘Are you doing enough to safeguard the planet’s biodiversity?’ most of us would struggle for an answer
The South Pole is both real and imaginary: a fixed point which, owing to the movement of the ice, requires a new marker to be erected every year; and a ‘highly charged symbol’ whose inaccessibility has given rise to legend…
Greg Milner is suitably impressed by the wonders of GPS, ‘a fantastically complex system that affects nearly every person on the planet.’
When it comes to exploration, day-to-day details can often be glossed over in favour of tales about grand adventure
Every generation, writes Fleming, has felt itself on the brink of decoding the mysteries of ‘the ocean of air’ we live beneath
‘It is no exaggeration to say that the sudden destruction of Lisbon on 1 November 1755 exerted an influence on European life and thought in the 18th century as far-reaching as the obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by atomic bombs…
Who knew there were so many kinds of puddle, or that the shifting colours on a river’s surface tell us so much about what lies beneath?

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