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Diamonds are perhaps the least modest of all jewels. But, in Antwerp, they have attracted a community known for its humility
Kristy Leissle is a scholar of the global cocoa and chocolate industries. She is a lecturer at the University of Washington Bothell, where she teaches Global Studies. Her new book, Cocoa, is out now
The southwest corner of Western Australia is bursting with unique flora, fauna and ancient geological formations, as Laura Waters found out when she set out on a two-month, 1,000km hike along the Bibbulmun Track

Art on the border

Influencing international peace through street art
Mountain biking through mountainous Lesotho, Dan Milner found stunning landscapes, physical challenges and a proud people with their finger on the pulse of adventure tourism
New Zealand becomes the first country to propose humanitarian visas for ‘climate change refugees’
An eight-day survival course in the tropical Pearl Island archipelago of Panama, cast away with eight strangers, reflecting on how kinship, interaction with nature and even appreciation of hunger might be the missing experiences of developed societies

Cave secrets

Instead of gradually leaving Africa in a single wave, new fossil discoveries are showing that early humans left the continent in multiple waves, across many tens of thousands of years
Iceland has become the first country in the world to make it illegal for men to earn more money than women for doing the same job
Daniel Hume is a naturalist and wilderness adventurer. He was also the head of operations at Woodlore, Ray Mears’ School of Wilderness. His debut book, The Art of Fire, is on sale now
Human rights investigators have discovered widespread use of forced labour in Uzbekistan to pick the country’s main cash crop of cotton, despite the government’s promises to limit the practice
In Thailand, women are playing an ever-increasing role in environmental activism, often forming the front-line against corporations in the fight to protect their communities. But such actions are often coming at great personal cost
A British Overseas Territory, the home-in-exile of General Napoleon Bonaparte, and the site of a £285million airport to which the airlines won’t fly. Mark ‘Crowley’ Russell visits a remote outpost on the cusp of dramatic change
Why a changing climate is forcing us to rethink our notion of home
Only 20 per cent of electronic waste is being recycled globally. As incomes rise and prices fall, predictions for the future are looking grim
Contrary to pervasive myth, Easter Islanders were resourceful and sensitive to the limits of their environment

Surveying Gaping Gill

With the world accurately navigated by multi-constellation satellites, what is left to explore? Kevin Dixon is nearing completion of a five-year project to map the Gaping Gill cave system in the Yorkshire Dales, showing that you can still make new…
A rapid malaria test has stemmed overuse of antimalarials, but is risking the overuse of antibiotics instead

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