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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
Digital and robotic technologies could offer us both a bounty of productivity as well as relief from myriad repeatable tasks. Unfortunately, as our economy is currently configured, neither of these potential miracles are coming true

Shackleton’s Legacy

What might have happened if Shackleton had managed to land and set out across Antarctica?
When countries suffer extreme weather events such as floods, storms and droughts, decision-makers are faced with a question. Do they rebuild their economies as they were before? Or do they seize the chance to reshape their economies?
We have allowed rewilding to be seen as another big conservation project, instead of a deep ethical vision of how we ought to live

Wild crimes

Wildlife crime, particularly the illegal international trade in endangered species, is viewed as a serious problem by the public and seemingly the UK government

Time to walk the talk

When the histories of 21st century conservation are written 2015 might, just might, be identified as a pivotal year: the year when the focus of conservation shifted from a defence of past natures to the active creation of a wilder…

The new nature

Rewilding can present many long-term benefits, but do we have the short-term political will or social desire for change for the movement to ever take root?

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