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The Arabian Desert may not be everyone’s first choice when training for a ski expedition to the North Pole, but Felicity Aston explains why it was the perfect location for her international team of novices

The Stigma of Angels

Film-maker Jane Labous documents the taboos faced by Senegalese women when it comes to infertility
Gene editing technology means scientists are close to changing small-scale crops into plants suitable for industrial production
Impassioned teacher and marine conservationist Libby Bowles looks back at her bamboo bicycle tour of New Zealand’s schools, where she built awareness about and inspired solutions to the ocean plastics crisis
Simon Reeve is an author and TV presenter whose latest BBC show is The Mediterranean with Simon Reeve. His new book is Step by Step: The Life in My Journeys
Morocco reintroduces compulsory military service, one of many countries debating the ‘merits’ of conscription
In this penultimate instalment of our monthly series of reports looking at the impact China’s BRI project is having on the local infrastructure situated along its route, explorer and China scholar Charles Stevens visits the Khorgos Gateway that bridges China…
With the RGS-IBG’s annual Explore weekend on the horizon, the Society’s vice president for expeditions and field research, Katie Willis, looks to international collaboration as the key to successful expeditions and field research for any 21st century venture
The ‘golden triangle’ switches from growing opium crops to coffee
Fearghal O’Nuallain is a geography teacher and explorer. His edited book, The Kindness of Strangers, is on sale now, with all proceeds going to Oxfam's work with refugees
In the Indonesian archipelago of Raja Ampat, new measures to protect marine biodiversity are now bearing fruit. Daniel Allen takes to the area’s teeming waters to see the effect such measures are having
The small southern African nation of Eswatini has a rich history of handicrafts, and is populated by modern artisans. Can this cultural heritage help the country formerly known as Swaziland overcome contemporary challenges?
Many countries that are classified as being ‘not high income’ nonetheless lead the world in tropical disease research
As part of our monthly series of reports looking at the impact China’s BRI project is having on the local infrastructure situated along its route, explorer and China scholar Charles Stevens visits a major development project that could open up…
Fifty years since the great Blue Nile was first traversed, Colonel John Blashford-Snell, a leader of the expedition, recalls the epic journey
When author Lydia Syson set a historical novel on a Pacific island in the remote Kermadecs, the last thing she imagined was that she’d one day see it for herself
A new vaccination strategy aims to eradicate peste de petits ruminants, a deadly disease affecting sheep and goats

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