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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
Large parts of Africa are beset with chronic economic and infrastructure problems together with corruption. Could the success of the used clothing industry be an obvious scapegoat or even a red herring?

The denial dam

Sustainablility. What exactly is it? Is it the key concept of the age, or has it become meaningless?
Donating your used garments might be well intentioned, but the situation on the ground means they may be doing more harm than good
When it comes to conservation, cities get a bad rap. They are monsters – conglomerations of concrete, asphalt, exhaust fumes and brick that exterminate species as they grow
One of the most likely outcomes of the recent results of the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) – the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education – is institutional reform and reorganisation
Pound stores have become ubiquitous on our high streets, more so than since the recession hit
You can love them, loathe them or try to ignore them. But it’s almost impossible to avoid having a view on the state of our town centres and high streets

We are where we eat

What is it about food? It seems we all have strong opinions about what we should eat and why we should eat it to make sure we lead long, healthy lives
Climate change appears to have joined sex, religion, and politics as an issue that people try not to discuss in polite conversation

Touched nature

Erle Ellis, a geographer from the University of Maryland, had his Anthropocene epiphany quite some time ago, when he was hiking on Squirrel Island off the coast of Maine

Neoliberal nightmare

I was recently asked by an incredulous colleague why I was working in a Geography department. I answered that geography was the study of ‘the who, the where, and the how, of the past, present and future’

Social benefits

Human geographers should pay more attention to the issues which affect the lives and living standards in different parts of the world and less to the more obscure areas of cultural geographical theory

Out of the shadows

There has never been a better time for the corporate world to embrace long-term environmental responsibility and stewardship

Happiness, naturally

In order to develop healthy human populations and reduce environmental degradation, we need to encourage people to spend more time in nature

Time for a sea change

Geographers haven’t attended enough to the blue part of the planet – the bit beyond the shoreline where the land ends and the oceans begin

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