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Given that sheep grazing is responsible for shaping the character of much of the landscape in the British Isles, it’s surprising how few Britons know anything about the pastoral way of life 
For a naturalist, there can be no more enticing prospect than the idea that ‘we could be the last generation to live in a world where [truly isolated] places exist’
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

Julysub 2020

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