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Slow boats to China

Despite 2015 seeing the fourth smallest Arctic ice cap ever recorded, aspirations of easily navigable trade through the Northwest Passage are to be put on ice for several decades

Tipping point

The long-term impact on Antarctica of burning the world’s remaining fossil fuel reserves is found to be strikingly dramatic

Drones for the deep

A start-up is developing ‘EVE’, a sea drone to map and explore the oceans
Omura’s whales are one of the least known and most elusive species of whale. A team of biologists have made the first ever field observations of a population just off the coast of Madagascar
The outer margins of British bird ranges have been moving further north at an average rate of 3.3km a year, research says. As climate change is predicted to shrink bird ranges in the long-term, Geographical investigates why this anomaly is…

Water report

Humanity’s impact on the health of the planet’s oceans has been laid bare in a new report by the WWF
Already known as a keystone species, research shows that beavers in North America can also sink excess nitrogen in the watershed

Canada and the climate

Canada has voted in a new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, showing what some call a ‘desire for change’. Geographical takes a look at the new Canadian leader’s climate and environmental plans

Sound argument

Designating quiet marine areas could help protect sea ecosystems and broaden our understanding of them, research says

Hive minds

As part of a worldwide effort to reverse declining bee populations, tiny micro-sensors are providing vital insights into the lives of thousands of honey bees in Australia
In the film The Day After Tomorrow, one of the world’s vital ocean currents suddenly collapses, sending the northern hemisphere into a new ice age. New climate models show the repercussions that may occur following such an event

Island of wonders

With around 20 million visitors every year, Venice is one of the most photographed cities in the world. However, even a lifetime of images can’t dilute its impact

Whale watching

An aerial drone fitted with analytical equipment is helping marine scientists assess the health of endangered whale species
Wildlife photographer Kym Illman offers tips for budding safari photographers

Clean landings

India’s Cochin airport claims to be the first completely solar-powered airport

High seas and high storms

The east coast of the United States could face increased coastal flooding from the combined effect of sea-level rise and an increased intensity of storms

Call to action

Hot on the heels of the Pope’s climate change encyclical, a group of Islamic scholars has released its own call for adoption of ambitious goals at the Paris COP21 summit in December
Since it was announced in August, President Obama’s Clean Power Plan has proved divisive

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