Monthly Archive: October 2019

Water crashing over a road near Galveston Bay just outside of Houston, Texas during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Photo by Eric Overton/iStock

Richer nations urged to boost protection against wild weather as economic losses jump

Economic losses caused by the most extreme weather events, from hurricanes to wildfires, are surging fastest in parts of the world outside the tropics – places that once saw relatively few such disasters, scientists and statisticians have warned.

Bald Eagle in flight in Alaska, USA. Photo by Andy Morffew / Flickr

For Rachel Carson, wonder was a radical state of mind

In 1957, the world watched in wonder as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into outer space. Despite Cold War anxieties, The New York Times admitted that space exploration ‘represented a step toward escape from man’s imprisonment to Earth and its thin envelope of atmosphere’.

Discovering lost skills at the School of Artisan Food

Hidden away in the ancient Sherwood Forest on The Welbeck Estate, the ancestral seat of the Dukes of Portland, is the rather unique School of Artisan Food. The Estate has a fascinating history, but it is its reinvention through The Welbeck Project, of which the School is a part, which will see it prosper and thrive for future generations.

General Sherman, a Californian giant sequoia, is the biggest tree in the world. For a brief period in the late 19th century it was renamed Karl Marx.

A future just, green and free, under a tree named Karl Marx

California has long been seen as the place where the future takes shape, and the state has drawn to it seekers from all over the world and across the political spectrum. It’s a Mecca for the local- and organic-food movement’s pilgrims as well as for today’s disciples of techno-libertarians such as Peter Thiel and Elon Musk.

Foraging recipes: wild mushroom soup

Mushroom season is a fickle mistress. There are, of course, some edible fungi growing throughout the year – St.George’s in spring, velvet shanks in the depths of winter – but autumn is the main event, when the majority, and the finest, of culinary mushrooms pop up through the cooling earth.