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
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?
Insect numbers and species decline steeply where agriculture and habitat loss coincide. Preserving natural habitat can reduce losses up to nine-fold
A new study finds congestion charging and creating car-free streets and separated bike lanes have been most effective at reducing car use in European cities.
Meet the mavericks who helped create the BBC – and refused to toe the line.
The pandemic changed the way we shop – with many ‘new’ initiatives actually reinventing old ways of doing things.
The inside of story of a pioneering programme to convert nitrogen into microalgae that can generate sustainable animal feed.
Uncertainty must be embraced and harnessed for the better because stability never lasts long.
Filial abuse remains a largely hidden issue with no statistics to determine how prevalent it is.
Researchers visited the remote Kalash valleys to investigate how the concept of ‘happy’ and ‘sad’ music differs across cultures.
A historian argues for conservation strategies that embrace creativity and diverse farming methods.
We know how to build a truly zero carbon house. So why are we not doing it, on a massive scale?
Meet the feuding scientists who battled for credit over the discovery of insulin.
Insights editors choose their top long reads of the year.
The journal of a Pre-Raphaelite writer might help explain today’s turn to spiritualism.
The story of how a teenage princess launched one of the first global charity campaigns.
A century ago, early British nudists had to fight for the right to publish naked photos – the similarities with social media today are striking.
Violent performance is the Taliban’s language. If we view them as savage, backward or misogynistic, the opportunity to learn how to face them is missed.
Western medicine has always split the mind and the body. Long COVID reveals just how damaging this approach has been.
Livelihoods which communities have relied on for centuries are being criminalised by heavy-handed state restrictions.