Scotland pioneers votes at 16

The Referendum on Independence for Scotland will extend the voting age to 16 and 17 year olds for the first time in the UK. Antony Mason explains why this sets a welcome precedent

Running out of food

Famine could be the ultimate poisoned legacy to future generations. Antony Mason examines the predictions for population and food supply.

After Rio+20: pressing for an ombudsperson for future generations

The failure of Rio+20 to establish a High Level Representative for Future Generations at the UN caused widespread disappointment. But persuasive campaigning to further support the rationale behind the proposals may yet be rewarded. Antony Mason and Kirsty Scheeberger report.