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More drugs than you might think are derived from, or inspired by, compounds found in living things - and with every bit of wilderness that disappears under plough or concrete, we deprive ourselves of potential medicines 
The growth of cities is one of the defining challenges of our century. Efficient, compact urban living might relieve environmental pressures, but urban sprawl could add to the climate crisis
On a long-awaited return to Ukraine, Vitali Vitaliev finds a very different country from the one he once left behind
The world is changing, but one thing stays the same – the urge to explore. It’s a part of our human nature, moulded over millions of years of evolution that has shaped the geography of our modern society
We live in an age where awe and wonder at the natural world have largely been replaced by feelings of pity and hopelessness at the injuries we see inflicted upon it

Ecological Effects

$150million. That is the estimated black market value of the 105 tonne-stockpile of confiscated ivory that Kenya torched at the end of April this year

The Bug Picture

How many other species do we share our planet with? The truth is we don’t have the foggiest idea

The genius loci

Geography – both physical and human – can help people establish a sense of place, often simply by going for a walk

Unnatural Climates

Whether anthropogenic climate change began over 8,000 years ago or within the last few centuries, our inadvertent experiment in climate geoengineering is now not only discernible in its effects, but is also providing major challenges for ourselves and future generations
Could artificial dams, placed at the heads of glaciers be a solution to potential water loss in the future?
What does a life outside the European Union mean for the academic discipline of geography in the UK?
Rewilding needs to be positioned as a forward looking and complimentary approach to the existing model of conservation
The UK has a two-track system of support that distinguishes refugees from asylum seekers – this plays into a divisive political message that those with refugee status are more ‘genuine’, and ‘deserving’ of support, than those in the asylum process
Peace rarely makes the headlines, meanwhile accounts of violence prove far more sensationalist and seductive for journalists and academics alike
Why not use the intellectual capital that is growing so rapidly in ‘geography’ to implement win-win solutions in the UK, to show we can tackle poverty and inequality at the same time as dealing with climate change and security issues?

Plastic Focus

The infamous Pacific garbage patch is only a small fraction of all plastic in the ocean, and it is in the area where it probably does least harm. We should leave the patch alone for now and stop polluting first
We need to starting thinking much more about fungus and the impact of climate change because of the severity of the health risks involved, and the dangers from mycotoxins entering both the human and animal food chains
Africa is no longer a continent of palaces and peasants. There is now a solid middle class, coinciding with more aid for development and an end of wars that had dogged the continent in the 1990s

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