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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
As the debate over the Anthropocene – the proposed new geological age – continues, a new study argues the epoch actually started in 1610
A film uncovering and deploring the extent of air pollution and environmental degradation in China has started a national conversation
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet contains enough ice to raise the global sea level by 16 feet, and it could be melting faster than previously thought
Outlook is for fewer small quakes, but an increased risk from the ‘Big One’

Law of the wild

Sweden’s annual wolf hunt was only open for a few hours before a court closed the season. A few days and one court decision later, it was open again

Kiwis dry out

New Zealand suffered a record drought between 2012 and 2013, if current weather trends continue 2015 could prove to be even worse

Larsen’s rift

Larsen A and Larsen B ice shelves are long gone, breaking from the Antarctic Peninsula in 1995 and 2002 respectively. Now researchers at Swansea University suggest that Larsen C, big brother to the two vanished shelves, is cracking up
Basic ecology fieldwork techniques may allow indigenous groups to beat satellite data on carbon storage in the Amazon
The Global Calculator is a new online tool that lets anyone model future energy sources and carbon dioxide emissions, revealing potential ways to prevent a two-degree temperature rise
Plans for up to 400 turbines located 80 miles off the Yorkshire coast have been given consent by the UK government in what would be the country’s biggest source of renewable energy

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