Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly and  his wife, former congresswoman Gaby Giffords,  in Phoenix, Arizona. Photograph: EPA/RIck D’Elia

The eyes of the world will turn to the US this week as one of the most consequential presidential elections in history takes place, yet the race to th(...)

Perhaps the more concerning thing should be that, faced with challenges such as air pollution and the spread of viruses, our societal response is not to try to fix the source of the problems but to buy more products to try and mitigate their effects. Photograph: iStock

It seems to have started as a joke. Two friends decided to fill a small plastic bag with air from a hillside in Canada, and put it on eBay to sell for(...)

Cambridge Analytica board members include Trump’s right-hand man Steve Bannon. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images

A small amount of media attention has been directed at a political consultancy firm called Cambridge Analytica. Hired by Republican super PACs and can(...)

My offering this week comes from the place Percy French surely had in mind when he wrote “where the dark Mournes sweep down to the sea”. Great mist-to(...)