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Inspiring a generation

What should expeditions be for? How can we make them better, and more accessible?

Park Life

What if we made London a National Park City? Having visited all of the UK’s national parks, it’s clear to me that something major is missing

Africa breaks free

Half a century after they won their formal liberation, Africans are winning the substance of it, and a remade continent is being born
The government's methods to limit access between Calais and the UK will fail for the simple reason that they are not responding to the motivations of the people trying to cross the channel

Setting Standards

Many will be aware of the International Standards Organization (ISO) through environmental standards such as ISO 14001 or the quality frameworks for management, such as ISO 9001
The second bicycle age is upon us, picking up where we left off in the late 19th century
Russia has proven to be one of the most important, but also most difficult, participants in the global climate regime. This situation has slowly started to change, with both state and people becoming more aware of climate change threats

Underlying Geography

There are many factors determining why leaders of countries make the decisions they do. Of these, the most often overlooked is geography

The Food Chain

The world needs a much clearer understanding of just who is growing what – a reliable world map of agricultural production
Certain challenges cannot be addressed by governments alone, particularly when weak governments have to manage relations with big companies
While those in Bonn seem optimistic about the negotiating sessions that form the mid-point towards the Paris climate deal in December, governments must ramp up commitments to long-term finance to inject real energy into the process
If we listen and act on what Mahatma Gandhi had to say on development, the focus is very simple. He said the ultimate solution for fighting poverty was not mass production but production by the masses
We can observe borders not as simple cartographic lines which divide places, but as places in their own right with their own stories and their own salient and unique qualities
Caribbean cuisine, Latin American coffee, American high-tech, Danish furniture, Thai silks, Catalan design, Hollywood films, Broadway theatre, Florentine leather goods, Hunter Valley wines, London insurance...

The chaos factor

There’s a need to take political instability around the world far more seriously when devising strategies for protecting our planet
The media is full of reports of what studies of human genetic variation can tell us about the past. A geographical perspective is vital in understanding and evaluating these claims
We have to move away from our traditional crop species that are so dependent on artificially high levels of nutrients
The mobile phone and broader information and communication technology (ICT) ‘revolution’ in Africa has been over-sold

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