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A team of French scientists has used sediment cores dating back 70,000–80,000 years to resolve a long-standing paradox about the formation of the Arctic ice sheet
Global warming is causing crop pests to spread to higher latitudes at a rate of almost three kilometres a year, a new study has revealed

Hunting the hunters

In an edited extract from new book The Modern Explorers, US conservationist J Michael Fay joins a team of forest guards as they head into the jungles of Gabon on the trail of a gang of elephant poachers
A new study published in Conservation Biology has linked the cashmere garment trade to the destruction of ecosystems that support numerous endangered species

When the wind blows

With 1,200 wind turbines due to be built in the UK this year, Mark Rowe explores the continuing controversy surrounding wind power and discusses the extent to which it can supply our future energy needs
Manta rays have the potential to generate substantial long-term income for many coastal communities around the world. But overfishing in recent years has seen their numbers plummet

Restoring South Georgia

An ambitious attempt to eradicate rats from the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia

Total wipeout

After a shipping accident introduced rats to Lord Howe Island in 1918, the rodents have slowly been destroying its biodiversity. A controversial plan hopes to eradicate them for good

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    Natural capital is a way to quantify the value of the world that nature provides for us – the air, soils, water, even recreational activity. Advocat...
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    Few would argue with football’s position as the world’s number one sport. But as Mark Rowe discovers, this global popularity is masking a sinister...
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    The green dragon awakens
    China has achieved remarkable economic success following the principle of developing first and cleaning up later. But now the country with the world's...
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    In the 2016 London Mayoral election, the city’s natural environment was high on the agenda. Geographical asks: does the capital have a green future,...

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