29 September 2015

The Simon-Ehrlich wager 25 years on

As the famous environmentalist bet showed, Malthusians are always wrong.

20 July 2015

Petrol power: an eco-revolution

The rise of petroleum-powered transport was an environmental boon.

18 November 2014

A colourful history of progress

The development of synthetic dyes was a mini industrial revolution.

17 September 2014

The latest culinary fad: famine food

Middle-class foodies are paying a fortune to eat what peasants once lived on.

Books 28 September 2012

The real story of Silent Spring

On the 50th anniversary of its publication, it is clear that the success of Rachel Carson’s unoriginal, pseudoscientific book lies in its appeal to the anti-modern prejudices of our age.