It’s perhaps an open secret that nothing in Iran is as it seems. The regime’s strictures, pressures caused by decades of international isolation, and recent sanctions in response to Iran’s nuclear programme combined have placed extraordinary stress on Iranian society
During the past half-century, Eric Klinenberg tells us, ‘a remarkable social experiment’ has taken place; the long-standing model of behaviour in which humans always grouped together has been overtaken by one in which more and more of us are living alone
The Plan A of climate change mitigation – namely an international agreement to cut emissions – isn’t working, as demonstrated by the unsatisfactory outcome of the 2009 Copenhagen summit. Can science provide us with a Plan B?
There’s a great deal of money to be made from scrap. Adam Minter reports that the global recycling industry can turn over US$500billion every year and that only the agricultural sector employs more people
This beautifully produced volume contains 160 maps from the collections of Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Dato’ Richard Curtis, ranging from the early-16th to the late-20th centuries, and tell an extraordinary tale of political change, cultural encounter and the advancement of…
The author’s citrus adventures began when, visiting a garden in the Veneto, she picked up a piece of fallen fruit and learned ‘the only lesson an ignorant orange thief could understand’: that Seville oranges are bitter enough to cauterise the tongue