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We live in an increasingly ‘offshore’ world. Many corporations seek out overseas tax havens as a matter of course and, when the sums make sense, transfer manufacturing plants or service hives to places with less onerous regulations and cheaper labour
Constructing globes in early modern Europe was a tortuously difficult process. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, master globe-makers guarded their trade secrets closely, looked askance at their rivals and tended to establish family dynasties
It’s refreshing to be reminded, after the past six months or so, that the Earth has enjoyed four billion years of reasonably good weather: if it hadn’t, we wouldn’t be here
In many ways, Karachi is a microcosm of Pakistan. Plagued by political and criminal violence, the country’s largest city manages to survive beneath a fragile cloak of business as usual
Gordon Peake’s affectionate account of the 21st century’s first new nation reveals a country in which bureaucracy and superstition exert an equal grip: visa applications must be submitted in red folders and people would rather starve than eat fish
New York’s High Line Park is more than an elevated walkway – it’s a narrative connecting New York City to its past. That’s the theme of this colourful guide to the repurposed elevated railway that spans Manhattan
Mark Lynas is a convert. He disparaged nuclear power in the past but now regards it as the ‘world’s most promising source of low-carbon power’
The Great Barrier Reef, writes Iain McCalman, has taken many shapes and forms in the human imagination: ‘A labyrinth of terror, a nurturing heartland, a scientific challenge, and a fragile global wonder’

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