Category: Comment & Opinion

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’.

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.

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How to rewild your garden and create a tiny rainforest

Many scientists believe that halting global warming at 1.5°C will require us to invent Negative Emission Technologies – machines that can suck climate warming gases like carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the air. But such technology already exists and has done for over two billion years.

Opinion: Calling all hackers – endangered wildlife needs you

In recent months, there’s been a global push to get tech companies to help combat terrorist activities – to make it harder for terrorists to communicate and publicize their heinous attacks online. We need the same kind of resolute effort – led by hackers and savvy computer users – to fight illegal hunting and trading.