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The vaquita is a species of porpoise endemic to the northern Gulf of California in Mexico, but illegal fishing means this fascinating creature is doomed to extinction, says Matthew Podolsky
Tim Brookes is the founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project a non-profit organisation that preserves endangered cultures
Encouraging beavers’ spread will only benefit the environment – on both the North American and European sides of the pond – argues author and environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb
City centres in the UK and other countries, could be on the cusp of the biggest upheaval since the Industrial Revolution. Professor Bob Giddings asks who they should be for and what should happen in them

Ailing empires

Is the world going through another transfer of power? Julian Sayarer asks where this moment in history might lead
It’s time to stop relying on traditional commercial methods when dealing with disease outbreaks, says Professor Harris Makatsoris
Lack of pollination of commercial crops is an issue of agricultural, not environmental importance
Where does aid go from here? Pablo Yanguas calls for donor countries to embrace the complex internationalism required for effective development 
Would North Korea give up its nuclear weapons? Would an early ‘bloody nose’ attack halt its ambitions? Are economic sanctions the answer? Dr Markus Bell and Dr Marco Milani bust some common myths surrounding the current state of North Korea
It’s time to tackle the hidden superbug menace in India’s rivers
Earlier this month, an international sustainability conference brought together 400 sustainability experts, engineers and political leaders representing 50 ‘Lighthouse’ cities to discuss the threat of climate change
On the Southern edge of the remote Kongsfjorden (King’s Fjord) on the west side of the Svalbard archipelago in Norway, an international research community representing ten different nations spent the long summer days studying the Arctic’s changing climate and environment
Exploring outdoors and in different places is important throughout our lives, but none more so that in our earliest years. As well as being more enjoyable that being confined to a classroom, it can be better for developing problem solving,…
Something has gone badly wrong with our planet’s oceans. If plastic usage continues at current rates, our children’s children are going to be deprived of the chance to experience the ocean’s majestic wilderness that mankind has taken for granted for…
Taking a wider look at Brexit from a geography standpoint
The blockade of imports into Qatar by its Gulf neighbours has ramped up political tensions in the region, and again exposed the fragility of food supply chains

Development’s End

Is it time for a new and radical approach to alleviating global poverty?
Plastic-free aisles in our local supermarkets may just be key to fighting global food insecurity says Frederikke Magnussen

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