Desertification is a serious and rapidly-growing problem across wide swathes of the world, and cattle grazing plays a role in it. But if the environmental and economic success that Johann Zietsman has been having with his herds is anything to go by, the answer may not be fewer cattle but more.
King Krule’s skinny-kid looks may seem to belie his name, but his striking voice and unique approach to song-writing are what holds the attention. With a debut album coming out later this month, he’s one to watch.
Driven by pleasure-seeking and curiosity, over the past century and a half tourism has evolved from a pastime of the leisured rich to a trillion-dollar mass industry. But tourism is about much more than fun and money, historian Richard White tells SCOPE: looked at the right way, it offers an invaluable view into a society’s relationship with its own past, and with its present identity.
If rampant consumerism is a cultural — not just economic — phenomenon, can a culture be deliberately changed to minimize its effects? Peggy Liu leads China Dream, a project that aims to achieve nothing less with the world’s most populous nation and oldest civilization. SCOPE asks her how she plans to succeed.
Paul Bogard’s scientific, literary, and philosophical account of why the end of night — driven by unremitting and ever-increasing light pollution around the world — should worry us all.
One of the fastest-growing cities in the world is Rwanda’s capital Kigali, and its challenges are as complex as any other urban centre’s. Guillaume Sardin explains how a new documentary research project led by his think tank and a team of Rwandan architecture students hopes to unveil the inner dynamics of one of its most diverse neighbourhoods.
A brief look at the intersection of painting, photography, and poetry, as seen though the work of Leo Wang.
Theoretical cosmologist Roberto Trotta talks to SCOPE about the anthropic principle, slow data, and his science’s happy similarity to art
A world that crawls and shimmers with life: the organic, cosmological paintings of Fernando Jaramillo Vélez.
Recent improvements in the ability of the oil industry to successfully drill for oil in “tight” non-porous rock formations like shale, using methods like hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and horizontal drilling, have revolutionized the conversation about energy in the United States….
How to describe the California band He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister? As a combination of several things, really. A sound that’s part blues and part folk and — not by definition — draws on rockabilly too. A visual style…
Like their wordy colleagues, photojournalists share an instinct for finding and documenting “the story” — which, in the case of Africa, typically results in emotionally-jarring images of war, famine, and poverty. Freelance documentary photographer Peter DiCampo is no stranger to…