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Data from the deep

Data-gathering Royal Navy submarines are helping scientists discover how and why the Arctic Ocean is on the move
Countries from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan, from Ukraine to Uzbekistan have the potential for rapid development, if they can adopt long-term energy policies

Into the dark side

Every 30 million years or so, the Earth passes through the most crowded section of the galactic disc. Mass extinction events and radical changes to the Earth’s geology follow
Sunset has long been a favourite time of day for travellers and the breathtaking colours and light conditions make it a photograph many of us wish to take, wherever in the world we may be

Berries and the bear

As traditional food sources become inaccessible, polar bears are having to look elsewhere for new snacks
The Pacific North West’s isolated, low-lying cities are at risk from stronger storm surges
Conservationists paint a bleak picture for the future of the world famous reef, but a new study suggests all is not lost
Human pressure is adding significant plastic pollution to the Mediterranean Sea, with total estimates ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 tons

BAS supports space tests

A new life science experiment to study how people adapt to life in remote and isolated locations in preparation for long space flight has been set up at the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Research Station

What the media misses

When the IPCC’s climate change findings are reported in the media, crucial points are often overlooked

Africa’s new oil

Chad, Uganda and Kenya are trying to find new ways to manage oil boons, with mixed results
When it comes to geological features and ecosystems, it’s hard to imagine anywhere else in the world more comparable to Yellowstone National Park

The geography of smog

As increased pollutant levels hit London and Paris, Geographical looks at how the smoky haze affects the world
Researchers at the University of Texas have uncovered two gateways on the sea floor that allow warm ocean water to reach the base of the Totten Glacier, speeding up its thinning process

Vanishing coast

Trinidad and Tobago is losing its coastline, a problem for an island nation where 70 per cent of the population lives near the edge

Tracking Cyclone Pam

As Vanuatu recovers from the island’s worst ever natural disaster, Geographical looks at how Pacific cyclones are tracked and how Cyclone Pam’s impact will be mapped

New land ahoy

A recent volcanic eruption in Tonga caused a new island to emerge from the sea. But how unique an event is this? And will it last?
Atlantic hurricane development in West Africa could be predicted weeks before formation

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