The Last Hunger Season by Roger Thurow is the story of a group of Kenyan farmers working to transcend lives of dire poverty and hunger. It highlights the challenges, and necessity, of transforming African agriculture.
The aerotropolis – an airport with concentric rings of uses radiating outward from it – is “the way we’ll live next”, say John Kasarda and Greg Lindsay. PD Smith finds their book fascinating – and chilling, but finds another book to be a more convincing portrayal of the future.
In showing a willingness to address problems of governance, writes Jens Hein, Green China: Chinese Insights on Environment and Development provides a valuable understanding of important issues – and how the country discusses them.
In Ocean of Life, Callum Roberts deploys data from across the marine sciences to show how humans have affected the world’s seas. Pilita Clark finds optimism and stark warnings in his impressive history.