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The United Kingdom must appoint an ambassador for the Arctic region, or it risks becoming an irrelevance in decisions over the polar area’s future, a House of Lords report has concluded
In what has been seen as a key victory for environmentalists, President Obama has vetoed a controversial Canada-to-USA oil pipeline, citing issues related to ‘security, safety and [the] environment’
A monument to Britons who lost their lives for science in Antarctica has been unveiled on the waterfront in Stanley, Falkland Islands
Increasingly warm ocean temperatures are leading to coral bleaching on a global scale for only the third time in recorded history, and for the first time not during an El Niño period

A whale of a time

With the possibility of spectacular breaches and tail fluking, it is unsurprising that whale photography is growing in popularity in many global coastal resorts
Environmental stress causing young bees to mature too fast could be one of the major factors behind the disastrous decline of bee populations around the globe
America is facing ‘super-droughts’ on a scale that hasn’t been seen in a millennium
One in ten of Australia’s indigenous mammal species has become extinct in the past 200 years, according to a new survey of Australia’s native mammals

Passage to change

For years, explorers sought the Northwest Passage through Arctic waters. Last year, what had previously been a geographical impossibility was finally achieved

Norfolk sees Mammoth return

A 3D replica may bring the world’s most complete mammoth skeleton to public display
New report estimates that numbers of wild Indian tigers grew by more than 50 per cent during the past eight years

Hungry angry hippos

Last November, a hippopotamus attack killed 12 children and one adult in Niger. Although such incidents are rare, humans and hippos increasingly share the same territory
Fossil fuel-related air pollution causes over 3,000 deaths in London every year. Campaigners say that should cause healthcare organisations to rethink investments
Scientists propose the first nuclear bomb blasts as the point when humans became the driving force in new geological epoch

Whale tales

As the Natural History Museum’s diplodocus cast skeleton makes way for a blue whale skeleton in 2017, Geographical looks at the ‘emperor of the seas’
The current drought hitting the west coast of America is giving the nation’s almond growers a particular headache
Marine organisms that cost the maritime industry $22billion a year are set to change if ocean acidification continues
Last year’s global temperature figures tied with 2010 as the warmest year on record since 1850, according to the Met Office, providing further proof to drown out climate change deniers

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