Our directory of things of interest

University Directory

DEVELOPMENT

A landmark report from the IPCC definitively states that the way humans are using the Earth’s available land is a key driver of global heating and climate change. But does it also provide the answer?
Guadaloupe Marengo is head of the Human Rights Defenders Team at Amnesty International, a group working to protect people who champion and defend the rights of others, including women’s rights, LGBT+ rights and, increasingly, environmental rights
The 2020 Whitley Fund For Nature Awards are now open for applications
Inspired by nature and motivated by a green conscience, a London-based designer is calling for the film industry to turn its hand to innovative methods of production to stop ever-growing piles of plastic waste from ending up in landfill

World Population Day

World Population Day focuses on the urgency and importance of population issues, observed every 11th of July
The five winners include schemes to eliminate plastic waste and reduce human-wildlife conflict
Biochar was once heralded as a miracle product, one that could both sequester carbon and improve soil conditions. Though it’s found itself out of the limelight in recent years, some scientists are still fighting its corner
Why is China so keen on courting Islamic countries for its Belt and Road Initiative? The team at Kontinentalist brings you some answers with this interactive guide
Rolex has announced the ten finalists for its 2019 Rolex Awards, each vying to become one of the five chosen Laureates, honoured for their work in global development projects
Despite cigarette consumption dropping globally, their manufacture is still one of the world’s most profitable industries. For many farmers, tobacco cultivation is a vital source of income. One big problem – much of the labour is carried out by children
As China’s demand for the notoriously smelly durian fruit soars and Malaysia looks set to capitalise, environmentalists question the cost
Event at the Science Museum aims to highlight the unaddressed disability of poor vision
Concern about the increasing privatisation of seeds has resulted in the creation of an open-source licence to keep seeds in public hands
The recent dam collapse in Brazil could just be the beginning of a series of disasters due to inadequate dam technology and monitoring
Where will the next virus outbreak emerge? A new model predicting wildlife species potentially capable of transferring pathogens to humans helps answer the question

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

NEVER MISS A STORY - Follow Geographical on Social

Want to stay up to date with breaking Geographical stories? Join the thousands following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and stay informed about the world.