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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’
The Longitude Act of 1714, offering £20,000 to anyone devising a method of calculating longitude at sea to an accuracy of one degree, was ‘an unprecedented moment when natural philosophers put a scientific problem on the political and national agenda’
In Germany, Frank Uekötter notes, environmentalism is so entwined with national identity it’s as if ‘Germans have finally found a type of patriotism that is truly safe’

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