reviews

Nicholas Stern at the COP15 United Nations climate Change conference, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Neil Palmer / CIAT (CC BY-SA).

Stern Words and Vision

Jonathon Porritt
| 27th November 2015
The latest book by Nicholas Stern Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency, and Promise of Tackling Climate Change presents a rational assessment of the climate crisis.

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'Marx Against the Peasant' by David Mitrany (1951) front cover (resized).

Green rising: the betrayal of Europe's peasant democracy

Simon Fairlie
| 20th May 2015
100 years ago a new political movement swept across Europe, as a vision of agrarian democracy gripped a newly emancipated peasantry, writes Simon Fairlie. Betrayed by dogmatic socialists and crushed under the Nazi boot, it failed to leave a lasting mark on history. But could its time be coming once again?

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The Kingdom of Rarities

Edgar Vaid
| 15th July 2013
Edgar Vaid reviews Eric Dinerstein's latest book, and whilst reflecting on our apparent obsession with seeking out the 'rare', discovers that it's all rather relative.......

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The New Scramble for Africa

The New Scramble for Africa

Mark Newton
| 9th May 2012
From slave labour to armed conflict, our thirst for natural resources has created serious problems for Africa. Pádraig Carmody’s latest book attempts to unravel the moral morass, says Mark Newton

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Learning from the Octopus

Learning from the Octopus

Rachael Stubbins
| 3rd May 2012
Did you know that the humble octopus can teach us how to prevent security threats or deal with natural catastrophes? Nor did Rachael Stubbins until she read Rafe Sagarin’s new book

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The Peregrine

The Peregrine

Mark Newton
| 26th April 2012
A masterpiece of nature writing, J.A. Baker’s ‘The Peregrine’ is well worth revisiting, says Mark Newton, not just for the prose but also to help us re-engage with the natural world

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The World’s Heritage

The World’s Heritage

Ruth Styles
| 15th March 2012
Championing conservation and shining a spotlight on some of the planet’s most iconic places, UNESCO's latest tome, The World’s Heritage, is an inspiring read, says Ruth Styles

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The Arctic: Treasure of the North

Arctic: Treasure of the North

Priyanka Mogul
| 17th February 2012
Authors Bernd Römmelt and Thomas Henningsen have captured the Arctic’s stunning beauty and documented the struggle to survive in the face of climate change, says Priyanka Mogul

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Fish

Book review: Fish

Ben Hudson
| 15th December 2011
Elizabeth DeSombre and J. Samuel Barkin’s readable prose makes unpicking the complex politics and economics behind the fishing industry look as easy as shooting fish in a barrel

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