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Biting the hand that feeds

A school friend grew up on a tobacco farm in Malawi, and like me, had been sent to boarding school in South Africa at a tender age. At our 25th year reunion recently the topic of smoking came up, and she told how whenever she gives her Dad a hard time about his smoking habit,…

Coffee With: Rhian Berning

Next up in our ‘Coffee With’ series, wonderfully uplifting words from Rhian Berning, founder of Eco Atlas. Why do you do what you do? I am so in love with our small blue planet and the deeply interconnected life on it, from the praying mantis to the rolling whales, from rainstorms to mossy forest floors,…

Energy guzzlers

It’s a small, seemingly insignificant thing but the absence of a machine or contraption whirring in the background to regulate the temperature or clean the air is one of the things I’ve loved most about moving back home. In Beijing there was a constant hum in our apartment – of the air conditioner in summer,…