January 2018

 

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palm oil

ESSENTIAL OIL?

Palm oil is omnipresent in global consumption. But in many circles it is now considered the scourge of the natural world. Chris Fitch explores the truths behind palm oil's negative reputation, to see if this ubiquitous crop deserves to be treated with such distain

 

aurora

SEEING THE LIGHT

From believing them to be the souls of dead children to transmitters that heat up the sky to emulate their effects, we have long been fascinated by the strange aurora that can turn the night sky into a light show

 

iraq

IRAQ'S LOST TREASURES

With Mosul's liberation from ISIS, inhabitants could return and pick up the pieces. For one archaeologist, this has meant a chance to see long-lost artefacts

 

habitat

HOME TRUTHS

Why a changing climate is forcing us to rethink our notion of home

 

spotlight

SPOTLIGHT ON... THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

It's the richest Aboriginal culture in Australia, with more than half the territory owned by indigenous communities. Chris Fitch heads north 

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