Heady with beauty, in cherry tree season Japan celebrates environmental values that Western greens have lost
The future of the city
Most of us now live in cities, so it is within the metropolis that our future salvation or death warrant will be drafted
Blue sky thinking
Geoengineers are would-be deities who dream of mastering the heavens. But are humans the ones who are out of control?
This world is enough
For the first time in history we could end poverty while protecting the global environment. But do we have the will?
We came to know air indirectly, by its visible signs. The stuff itself is as elusive as the atmosphere of a gothic novel
Queen of tides
Once a route to riches and empire, the sea is now lapping at the future of Venice and other great maritime cities
The id and the eco
Thinking about climate change makes people feel helpless and anxious – but that’s why we must talk about it openly
The vanishing groves
A chronicle of climates past and a portent of climates to come – the telling rings of the bristlecone pine
The thousand-year stare
We can build structures that last for centuries, but can we connect with our distant descendants?