The world's a complex and bewildering place. Every day we are bombarded with far more information than we can possibly hope to absorb. We don't have the time, energy or patience to process it all and select what's important, and sometimes it's tempting to drop the news section straight in the bin and curl up on the sofa with the colour supplements instead. But there are a lot of things happening in the world that we simply can't afford to ignore.
What on Earth Is Going On? fills in the background to the key issues of our times.