Saturday, 30 May 2020

The First Global City


High in the Andes, Potosí supplied the world with silver, and in return reaped goods and peoples from Burma to Baghdad. Read about my experience in Orion’s Cartwheel.


Planting Trees Won’t Stop Climate Change


Not only are planted trees not the carbon sinks you want, but tree planting frequently ends up doing more harm than good.


Monday, 25 May 2020

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Sunday, 17 May 2020

How the Face Mask Became the World's Most Coveted Commodity


The global scramble for this vital item has exposed the harsh realities of international politics and the limits of the free market.


Thursday, 7 May 2020

The Non-Human Living Inside of You


Half of your genome started out as an infection; if left unchecked, some parts of it can turn deadly all over again.


Why So Many People Are Unhappy in Retirement


Too often, we imagine life to be like the hero’s journey, and leave out its crucial last step: letting go.


Sunday, 3 May 2020

The Coronavirus Cruise: On Board the Diamond Princess


They came for indulgence, relaxation and bottomless buffets. Then they found themselves trapped on a ship infected with a deadly virus.