New research suggests that actively seeking out the unfamiliar through travel can help the creative process, explains Aaron Millar, who visits a town in the Nevada desert where cowboys gather to recite poetry

    Ecotricity - front page

Fair play: homosexuality in sport


/ Culture

15 Jul

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With more sportspeople coming out about their sexuality and increasing tolerance from fans, Ben Whitford looks at how the global sporting community is responding to the need for equality


Crying for empathy


/ Community

09 Jul

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In thousands of schools around the world, children between the ages of five and 12 take lessons from a newborn baby. The result? Increased emotional intelligence, understanding and empathy towards classmates, and less bullying and aggression

    Abundance 2 - front page

Oil company vows to leave Africa’s oldest national park


/ Environment

08 Jul

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British oil company Soco International plc is to end its operations in the Virunga World Heritage Site in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)


Cornish people recognised as national minority


/ Community

03 Jul

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Cornwall’s 15-year fight for minority group recognition is victorious


“I’m just trying to make sense of being human”


/ Environment

27 Jun

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Sustainable development figurehead and Forum for the Future co-founder Jonathon Porritt tells Laura Smith why he's turned away from the media's ‘doom and gloom’ perspective and adopted a more positive outlook for the future of the Earth


Tourism goes to infinity and beyond


/ Culture

25 Jun

(c) Flickr Member Christian Reusch

Both NASA and Richard Branson plan to push exploration into space this year. But there is a more sustainable way to view the heavens, reports Naomi Tolley from Europe's first Dark Skies Reserve

    Phone coop - front page

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