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Paul Volcker obituary

Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Board in the 1980s who saw off inflation and later criticised financial deregulation Paul Volcker, who has died aged 92, was the most eminent financial statesman of his generation, the sworn enemy of the abuse of finance in any of its manifestations. That could be indulging inflation as the Read more »

This dark material: the black alchemy that can arrest carbon emissions

Not only does biochar trap carbon in its creation, it is heating homes in Sweden and feeding cows in Lincolnshire It traps carbon in the ground for centuries, boosts plant growth, provides a sustainable heat source and could even reduce methane emissions from cows. Biochar may not be a silver bullet to combating the climate Read more »

Greta Thunbergs enemies are right to be scared of her message. Her new political allies should be too | Stephen Buranyi

Liberal leaders line up to praise her. Yet their inaction shows they are not really listening, says science writer Stephen Buranyi Greta Thunberg has made a lot of enemies. They are easy to recognise because their rage is so great they cannot help making themselves look ridiculous. Thunbergs arrival in the US earlier this month Read more »

Swinging 60s surrealist Penny Slinger: ‘Collectors thought I came with the art’

She made psychic dolls houses, erotic wedding cakes and full-frontal collages. But the world wasnt ready for her powerful personal visions. Is Lady Picasso about to get her dues? Penelope Slinger has never done anything by halves. She remembers drawing her first really accomplished picture in 1952, when she was four and a half. It Read more »

Old Norse, mystics and race cars: is lvdalen the weirdest village in Sweden?

It is the place where the witch hunts began and it still boasts its own language and strange rituals. Photographer Maja Daniels relives three freezing years in a cabin in lvdalen In 1926, the yearbook of the Swedish Tourism Association described the village of lvdalen as a community with a dark insular spirit where locals Read more »

Netflix to adapt One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garca Mrquez

Streaming giant buys rights to create first ever screen adaptation of Colombian authors seminal 1967 magical realist novel Netflix has acquired the rights to Gabriel Garca Mrquezs seminal One Hundred Years of Solitude to create the first screen adaptation of the authors 1967 masterpiece. The streaming company announced on Wednesday that the book will be Read more »

We revile sexual violence but misogynistic populists thrive around the world | Anne McElvoy

The peace prize was well deserved. Yet the language of too many political leaders seems driven by the compulsion to demean women The Nobel peace prize often gets it wrong, routinely crowning approved individuals or supranational institutions such as the EU and UN, usually on the eve of them making a prizewinning Horlicks of their Read more »

‘He was high-brow, low-brow, every-brow!’ the genius of Leonard Bernstein

Composer, conductor, inspiration, FBI suspect Leonard Bernstein was born 100 years ago this August, and this summers Proms will celebrate his work. Musicians, critics and his own family remember an astounding talent Marin Alsop: Bernstein the inspiration Bernstein was impossibly brilliantin so many different areas: a genius conductor, composer, author, pianist, thinker, activist, educator and Read more »

Why I, a white man, took a black family’s house from Detroit to Rotterdam

I turned a Detroit house into a work of art for the community to be proud of, and people who think it is ruin porn have missed the point We took it all the walls, the windows. We took the whole exterior of the house from Stoepel Street 20194, just west of Detroit 8 Mile. Read more »

The man who could make Marine Le Pen president of France

The Long Read: Florian Philippot is the strategist behind the rebranding of the extreme right Front National as a populist, anti-elite movement. But dont mistake him for a moderate On the night of the US election, Florian Philippot, the closest adviser to the French far-right leader France would be next, he said, promising that Marine Read more »