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David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust in 1972: ‘an androgynous rockstar from outer space’. Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

David Bowie and the birth of environmentalism: 50 years on, how Ziggy Stardust and the first UN climate summit changed our vision of the future

In June 1972, the first United Nations conference on the human environment coincided with the release of David Bowie’s iconic Ziggy Stardust album. Both still feel disturbingly relevant today
A Shanghai refuse worker shows the strain of the month-long COVID lockdown. Shutterstock

China’s COVID crisis and the dilemma facing its leaders, by experts who have monitored it since the Wuhan outbreak

What can China do to resolve a crisis that threatens not only the health and security of its people and economy, but the future of Chinese Communist Party and its leader Xi Jinping?
Marks & Spencer’s stall in the covered market, Cardiff, in 1901. Heritage Image Partnership Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

How the future of shopping was shaped by its past

The pandemic changed the way we shop – with many ‘new’ initiatives actually reinventing old ways of doing things.

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