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After 130 years in the diamond industry De Beers recently announced it would begin selling lab-grown diamonds. But what are lab-diamonds, why all the hype, and what do they mean for the future?
As part 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 Greek port that marks the point where…

The social saving network

Using WhatsApp to monitor and predict deadly landslides in Colombian informal settlements

Talc terror trail

An investigation reveals how the illegal export of talc, used in numerous household products, is providing significant funds to insurgents in Afghanistan

Parallel lives

New statistics suggest rising healthy lifespans in China, at the same time as those in the United States are on the decline
As part of our monthly series of reports looking at the impact China’s Belt and Road Initiative is having on the local infrastructure projects situated along its route, explorer and China scholar Charles Stevens visits a small Polish village feeling…
Few would argue with football’s position as the world’s number one sport. But as Mark Rowe discovers, this global popularity is masking a sinister underbelly with human traffickers using the bright lights of Europe’s elite clubs as a lure for…
A German recycling scheme is proving to be a source of relief for those on low-incomes, but is it also having an impact on recycling levels as a whole?

Feeding the Galápagos

The Galápagos are often thought of as a unique natural paradise, but they are also home to 30,000 people. In such a remote part of the world, feeding them is increasingly challenging
China’s ban on plastic imports will displace more than 110 million tonnes of plastic waste over the next 12 years
Road collisions remain a leading cause of deaths and injuries around the world, casting doubt upon UN aspirations to halve the total number
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

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