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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
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…
Gene editing technology means scientists are close to changing small-scale crops into plants suitable for industrial production
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…
The ‘golden triangle’ switches from growing opium crops to coffee

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