May 2014

   

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

Will Millard recalls a tense encounter from his packrafting expedition on West Africa’s Moro River

 

IS IT TIME TO LET GO?

As climate change takes hold, efforts to control flooding on the Somerset Levels will require a more radical approach. Mark Rowe reports

 

TECTONICS VERSUS TWITTER

Daniel Allen reports on a new approach to disaster prevention and relief on Indonesia’s volatile Mount Merapi

 

WHEN EUROPE DISCOVERED THE WORLD

Used for more than 500 years, the sea charts known as portolan maps played a vital role in the exploration of the world’s oceans

 

PHOTOSTORY: HOT ROCKS

More than 70 coal fires burn under the Indian town of Jharia, creating a filthy smog that’s damaging the health of those who live nearby

 

FATAL ATTRACTION

The residents of Lindisfarne in Northumberland face a Catch 22: although the future of the Holy Island depends on the development of tourism, many fear that it will end up destroying its distinctive character. Mark Rowe reports

 

AN 8,000-METRE APPRENTICESHIP

Cho Oyu is considered one of the easier 8,000-metre peaks. But when Tori James tried to climb this Himalayan giant, she found the challenges were unrelenting

 

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