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Trunk calls

An elephant early warning system is preventing deaths across India’s tea and coffee plantations

Algeria faces the frackers

Algeria’s plans to develop fracking are meeting with local resistance

Birds of a feather

Seagulls may not be everyone’s idea of photogenic wildlife, but Britain is awash with picturesque seabirds of all varieties from canoodling gannets to swooping kittiwakes

Off the grid

The world’s longest underwater electricity cable will enable sharing of renewable energy between the UK and Norway
Geographical talks to Jane Francis, director of the British Antarctic Survey, about the organisation’s future plans for exploration

Sleeping giants

Volcanoes are one of nature’s most spectacular sights and make for superb photography, as long as you take the correct safety precautions first
Camera traps capture rare and varied animal life on the world-famous Serengeti National Park, including lots of curious creatures fascinated by the cameras themselves

Katrina: A decade later

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina killed at least 1,500 people and caused $300billion in damage to the south-east US, Geographical examines the potential for future storms and what has been done to prepare New Orleans for a similar event
A sheltered archipelago in the western Pacific offers a glimpse at the future of a more acidic ocean. Corals are thriving, though are more vulnerable to being worn away
New technologies have the potential to reinvent batteries, solving problems of renewable energy storage and mineral resource depletion in the process
Rapid global urbanisation and technological progress gives us the chance to ‘fundamentally transform’ our energy systems and urban infrastructure

Protecting the great ape

In Nigeria, critically endangered gorillas are getting a lifeline, by virtue of a conservation project providing safe passage between two protected areas
After a liberal democrat candidate won a surprise victory in Canada’s oil province, oil shares suffered. However, US fracking might also be to blame for the drop

Defining the human age

Debate over the nature of the term ‘anthropocene’ as a name for our current human-influenced age is widespread, both in and out of the realm of geography
Global fossil fuel subsidies will hit $5.3trillion (£3.4trillion) this year. Ending them could cut CO2 emissions by 20 per cent and save 1.6 million lives
Europe expands scientific and operational capabilities in polar regions with €2million programme
Supercomputers are providing an insight into 227 East Asian earthquakes since 2007

Learning to swing

A team of British tree surgeons are heading to the Indonesian island of Sumatra next month to help rescue endangered orang-utans from the rainforest

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