Why did men stop wearing hats?

The above picture from the 1923 English FA Cup Final (between West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers) shows all but one man wearing a hat. And the hatless man had probably just removed his to scratch his head as the photo was being taken. So why did the vast majority of men stop wearing hats…

Why are Gulf States buying land in Africa?

Wealthy Gulf countries and private companies alike have been buying up land in Africa for their own strategic purposes. The driving force behind this move is the need for “food security” in a world where competition for food is increasing as populations grow. The Gulf imports 85 percent of its basic food requirements and accordingly,…

Are we really facing a drinking water shortage?

Are we facing a drinking water shortage? Yes, although few want to talk about it. While you barely go five minutes without someone mentioning global warming or the planet running out of oil, the lack of drinking water is arguably a more pressing concern. It seems strange that this should be a problem given 70 percent…

Can the world sustain the current population growth?

Last month the global population of humans hit seven billion; an extra billion people since 1999. Given that it took until 1804 to reach one billion, the recent upsurge would suggest serious problems in future. The immediate concern, however, isn’t actually space. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder, the entire world’s population could fit within the 1,300 square kilometres…

Are we really approaching another mass extinction?

Are we really approaching another mass extinction? Approaching is a very vague term. The Wagamama takeout we ordered for lunch is (allegedly) approaching, but then so too is the end of the solar system (as the sun expands to the point of becoming a Red Giant, at which point it will destroy every planet in…