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As Upton Sinclair wrote – and Naomi Klein quotes – ‘it is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.’ This quote reaches the heart of global inaction on climate change
In 2010, herpetologist Robin Moore initiated a global frog search. He drew up a list of 100 species that hadn’t been seen in 15–140 years and mobilised more than 140 researchers in over 20 countries to try to find them
Jules Pretty does not hate modernity. He simply reminds us that we are at risk of losing an intimate and respectful relationship with the natural world. To this end, he travels among people who still live close to nature
Difficult decisions confront the residents of St Petersburg whenever they attempt to conceptualise their city’s past. It is tempting to blot out the Soviet era, but this would mean forgetting the heroic days during the Second World War
In 1933, Patrick Leigh Fermor left England in a pair of hobnailed boots and walked across Europe ‘like a tramp, a pilgrim or a wandering scholar’. The books he wrote became classics and people dreamt of following in his footsteps
For a photographer, Cristian Barnett has some radical ideas. ‘Not to take a photograph is so often the best way to personally engage with something,’ he says
Out in the Persian Gulf there is a floating nuclear-powered city. This is the USS George H.W. Bush, an aircraft carrier and author Geoff Dyer is a cavilling landlubber, a Woody Allen-type thrown into an ultra-muscular carrier world
Yuval Noah Harari has a penchant for dramatic phrases. The agricultural revolution, which began to unfold 12,000 years ago, is described as ‘history’s biggest fraud’. This will come as a surprise to many of Harari’s readers

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