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Ecology and environmental sciences
The African Anthropocene

The Anthropocene feels different depending on where you are – too often, the ‘we’ of the world is white and Western

Gabrielle Hecht

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Rituals and celebrations
The love of stuff

The problem with our society is not that it values material things too much but that it doesn’t value them enough

Nick Thorpe

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Animals and humans
Cows might fly

When the land is all filled up, it’s time to get creative with it, as small countries like Switzerland already know

Veronique Greenwood

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Language and linguistics
The say of the land

Is language produced by the mind? Romantic theory has it otherwise: words emerge from the cosmos, expressing its soul

Mark Vernon

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Bioethics
Earth is not a garden

Some of the world’s most powerful conservationists are giving up on wilderness. They are making a big mistake

Brandon Keim

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Cities
Birdland

Human sprawl is usually a threat to wildlife, but birds buck the trend. Can we help biodiversity take wing in our suburbs?

John M Marzluff

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Economics
Green shoots

Can sustainability really hope to beat consumerism? Yes, and all without a vow of poverty or a change in human nature

Jonathon Porritt

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History of science
How to make mountains

In living memory, geologists believed that the Earth was slowly shrivelling, little guessing how vibrantly alive it truly is

Marcia Bjornerud

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Ecology and environmental sciences
Burning like a mountain

Fire has come roaring back into America’s West after a century of attempted extirpation. Can our land take the wild heat?

Stephen J Pyne

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Nature and landscape
Yosemite reverie

‘At times it returns, in the motionless calm of the day, that memory of living immersed, absorbed, in the stunned light’

John Lemons