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New figures show that one third of all coal mines in Queensland, Australia are running at a loss

The solar revolution

Geographical’s regular look at the world of climate change. This month, Marco Magrini looks at the future of solar energy
When plants respire, they contribute a massive carbon flux to the atmosphere so their response to higher temperatures is a major concern for scientists. However, it’s now thought that increases in plant respiration may not be as high as previously…
The UK’s new polar research ship needs a a name and it was deemed a bright idea to ask the public to come up with it. Cue the internet...
Tilt and shift photography has become famous recently for the curious ‘miniature’ effect it can produce. But there’s a lot more to it than just replicating toy town
The Glass Bead Game aims to engage listeners on complex geopolitical issues
Torrential weather is boosting British renewable energy

The end of coal?

In this month’s regular look at the world of climate change, Marco Magrini asks if the days of coal are coming to an end
Europe-wide rules significantly lowered air pollutant emissions over a 40-year time period, saving tens of thousands of lives in the process

The secret life of olms

Deep in a subterranean, underwater cave system, questions are finally being answered about one of the world’s strangest amphibians
A tree frog thought to have been extinct for 140 years has been rediscovered in the jungles of northeast India
The recent gas well blowout in California has been confirmed as the largest methane leak in US history, equivalent to the effect of annual greenhouse gas emissions from over half a million cars
Is it possible to provide affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for the world’s entire population? Speakers from the RGS–IBG’s latest 21st Century Challenges discussion offer their thoughts
Fitbit-style monitoring devices are revealing the importance a good day’s rest plays in the lives of polar bears
In the latest test at the Horse Hill site in Surrey, United Kingdom Oil and Gas has found that oil flows freely to the surface. Geographical investigates the future of the Weald Basin
Record temperatures are having an unpalatable effect on France’s wine growing regions. Hazel Southam reports on how one much-loved variety in particular is under threat of extinction
Rice production, a major source of anthropological methane emissions, could be transformed by a revolutionary new genetic strand
An abstract concept such as climate change is actually easier to photograph than you may think. It just requires an awareness of your environment and the unique set of changes that are occurring to it

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