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Funnily enough, many of the gorgeous sea-charts and maritime maps we gaze upon in museums and libraries never came close to a ship. Sailors took rougher, cheaper versions with them on their adventures and the posher cloth stayed at home
The subtitle of The New Extractivism asks if the phenomenon referenced in the title is a post-neoliberal development model or a 21st-century form of imperialism. The editors and contributors of the articles that the book contains are in little doubt
Most scientists agree there have been five mass extinction events during the planet’s history. Three of these usually grab most of the scholarly headlines
There’s a school of thought that suggests that understanding how something came to be robs it of its wonder, the same way that a magic trick, once explained, ceases to impress
Alastair Bonnett was one of psycho-geography’s pioneers, intent on transforming the ‘generic blandscapes’ that surround us. Even the ordinary can become magical once it’s re-oriented
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?

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