Grim Reaping

Brexit could wreck the British countryside – or it could save it. It depends on getting our voices heard. Read more.

Explanation of the Figures in Grim Reaping

This explains how the rough estimates of the area occupied by sheep in the UK were derived. Read more.

The Hills Are Dead

The terrible legacy of European farm subsidies – and how we could use Brexit as an opportunity for something better Read more.

Stung into Action

A strange tale from the forests of West Papua Read more.

Imaginary Friends

Celebrity is not harmless fun – it’s the lieutenant of exploitation. Read more.

The Fortifying Commons

In the first of a series of columns about possible solutions, I explore how commons could transform society and the distribution of wealth Read more.

The Golden Arches Theory of Decline

Why is there a worldwide revolt against politics as usual? Because corporate globalisation has crushed democratic choice. Read more.

The Misinformation Machine

Donald Trump’s staff are drawn from an opaque network of corporate-funded thinktanks and fake grassroots campaigns Read more.

Unlucky Number

We face (at least) 13 major crises, some of which are immediate. It’s time for some hard thinking about how we confront them. Read more.

The Drums of War

The combination of automation, complexity and climate change is dangerous in ways we haven’t even begun to grasp. Read more.

The Deep History Behind Trump’s Rise

How a ruthless network of super-rich ideologues killed choice and destroyed people’s faith in politics Read more.

One-Way Street

The High Court judgement on air pollution is an opportunity to rethink our whole transport system. Read more.

Talking Cure

Only by crossing social boundaries and coming together can we resist the forces that threaten to crush us. Read more.

The Man in the Mirror

Donald Trump is not an outlier, but the distillation of our dominant values Read more.

The Flight of Reason

Sorry, but you cannot build new runways and prevent climate breakdown Read more.

There Is Such a Thing As Society

Why should plagues of mental illness surprise us, in a world being ripped apart? Read more.

What We Are

Democracy cannot work as it is meant to; human nature does not allow it. Read more.

Social Harmony

Is music an answer to the epidemic of loneliness? Read more.

What Lies Beneath

It’s a simple choice: stop all fossil fuel prospecting, or break the Paris agreement on climate change. Read more.

Carmageddon Beckons

There are plenty of brilliant plans for getting us moving without trashing the planet. So why aren’t they happening? Read more.