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The 3,000-kilometre Greater Patagonian Trail has no signposts, printed maps or legal recognition. Satellite technology conceived the route. Matt Maynard follows in the footsteps of those who discovered it while technically, though respectfully, trespassing

The Women Who Mine

Female-led artisanal mining associations are fighting back against a predominately male industry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Once a constant threat across Bangladesh, arsenic poisoning has significantly reduced thanks to deeper wells
Once dismissed as undesirable competitors, certain West African shrubs are now being recognised as significant crop enhancers
In January 2019, a Dutch marine charity, the Flotilla Foundation, is due to send a major international expedition to Antarctica with the aim of exploring the remote, harsh and little studied Weddell Sea
Charles Roberts reccounts the story of George Melville Boynton, perhaps the world's worst explorer
Infertility affects thousands of women across Senegal, yet the subject is deeply taboo. Jane Labous meets those fighting societal pressures in this West African country, where the infertile are said to be affected by les anges, and where a new…
Still puzzled by China’s trillion dollar masterplan for the future of global trade? Kontinentalist brings you an interactive overview to help bring you up to speed
In this final 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 reaches Yiwu, the end of the line…
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

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