Energy: riches and shackles

Oil rig in Alberta, Canada. Photo by Greg Locke, Copyright © 2007

The Law of Conservation in physics says energy can be neither created nor destroyed, only transformed. But lawless politics have no such constraints — and here the role of energy  has ceaselessly expanded, and come to dominate economics and polarize politics.

F&O introduces our first theme: Energy. Throughout 2014 our journalists will, in words and images, examine how we harness energy to run our material world – to feed, clothe, transport and shelter ourselves — and consider the ways in which our energy choices both enrich and shackle our lives and prospects.

The first line-up of our Energy reporting, commentary and photography is here.