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Stemming the flow

Development in sub-Saharan Africa is being undermined by a growing number of malaria cases, with people living near dams at least three times more likely to contract the disease

Pollution in Delhi

Could the geography of Delhi be exacerbating its life-threatening air pollution?

Defining poverty

The benchmark for extreme poverty was established as a daily wage of $1 per day in 2000, as an average poverty line across developing countries and had been viewed as a suspiciously neat figure

Healing the world

Médecins Sans Frontières provides emergency responses to humanitarian crises around the world. But a lack of attention to these incidents means that much of the world’s long-term healthcare rests on their shoulders

Going for goals

This weekend, world leaders will convene in New York. Top of the agenda is the need to officially adopt replacements for the eight Millennium Development Goals

Mine-free Mozambique

Once one of the worst landmine-afflicted countries in the world, Mozambique can now celebrate being officially ‘mine-free’

Once were warriors

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is piloting a programme to help rehabilitate former child soldiers of Congolese armed forces

Boomtown rats

Giant African rats will soon be undertaking an important and dangerous job in Cambodia; locating the millions of unexploded landmines left over after over 30 years of conflict

The goat economy

Since Saudi Arabia lifted an export ban on Somaliland’s livestock in 2009, the breakaway state has seen a boom in the trade of livestock, particularly goats

The Tianjin fallout

Geographical looks at the forthcoming impacts the devastation could have on the rest of the country, after an enormous explosion destroyed a large portion of the port of Tianjin

South Sudan’s new coins

To commemorate its fourth year of independence, South Sudan has released a new set of coins. Geographical takes a look at what this could mean for the world's newest country

Gold diggers

A major Geographical investigation looks at the devastating environmental and debilitating health effects a Thai gold mine is having on a village in Loei, and at how a group of determined villagers are fighting back
A new film hears directly from inhabitants of the Ecuadorian Amazon suffering from the detrimental effects of oil spills dating back over twenty years

Spray days

Colombia’s anti-coca crop spraying programme has been suspended – for the time being at least

Tragic routes

Guadeloupe opens a centre dedicated to the memory of the slave trade
Climate change has become the most recent explanation for the low wages of tea labourers in Assam, India, causing yet more tensions between the government, the tea growers and those campaigning on behalf of the poor workers caught in the…

Videogames for volcanoes

A videogame may help prepare a small Caribbean island for a potential disaster

Dealing with drugs

While Ebola makes the headlines, a raft of unreported and under-researched diseases are responsible for far more deaths across Africa every year. But without adequate financial rewards for the West, too little is being done to help

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