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From plastic-eating enzymes and oil-sucking polymers to ‘deep learning’ robots – innovative companies and research institutions are designing the future of the waste industry
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
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
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
A rapid malaria test has stemmed overuse of antimalarials, but is risking the overuse of antibiotics instead
A global boom in battery usage over the coming century has raised concerns about the ethics and practices behind mining cobalt and other essential minerals
China’s central government is to shut down factories and punish local officials in the latest sweep of environmental crackdowns across the country
As the global supply of water comes under increased strain, regional instability leaves Jordan stuck between a rock and a hard place
Cambodia has stopped selling its sand overseas, a move that has highlighted a global shortage in this oft-overlooked global resource
Diabetes is often thought of as a ‘western’ problem, one linked to the developed world’s overindulgence in fatty foods and chronic lack of physical activity. But with more than 400 million people affected globally, this disease is a global threat

Food for Thought

Almost two billion people around the world depend on imported produce to combat local scarcity

National Clean Air Day

For National Clean Air Day, Geographical brings together stories about air pollution and the kind of solutions needed to tackle it
Snake bites remain a major danger for people in developing countries, with over 4.5 million bites recorded annually. Could a recent breakthrough be the first step towards a universal anti-venom?
After nearly a year since being set alight, the raging oil wells in Qayyarah, Iraq, have finally been extinguished
Asia not only manufacturers most of the world’s electronic goods, it now consumes the most as well. Without sophisticated recycling systems, e-waste is piling up

Room to breathe

As Uber shores up its African stronghold, how will urban air quality fare?

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    The Air That We Breathe
    Cities the world over are struggling to improve air quality as scandals surrounding diesel car emissions come to light and the huge health costs of po...
    Hung out to dry
    Wetlands are vital storehouses of biodiversity and important bulwarks against the effects of climate change, while also providing livelihoods for mill...
    When the wind blows
    With 1,200 wind turbines due to be built in the UK this year, Mark Rowe explores the continuing controversy surrounding wind power and discusses the e...
    Diabetes: The World at Risk
    Diabetes is often thought of as a ‘western’ problem, one linked to the developed world’s overindulgence in fatty foods and chronic lack of physi...

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