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Weekly updates from explorer Mark Evans as he attempts to retrace Bertram Thomas’ footsteps and cross the largest sand desert in the world – the Rub al Khali, from Salalah in Oman, to Doha in Qatar. This week: setting off,…
Hazel Southam investigates how a 17th century practical joke in Austria, led to a 19th century water sustainability project that’s still going strong today

Two’s company

13,000 miles, 27 countries, 452 days, 17 punctures and a pair of Kindles. During Tim and Laura Moss’ epic round-the-world bicycle trip, technology and tradition proved to be a hospitable combination on the route through Turkey towards Iran

Off your bike

According to data from 148 countries, global bike ownership has halved in the last 30 years

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
Recreating Bertram Thomas’ first expedition, a team of three will be crossing the Empty Quarter, or the Rub’ al-Khali, the world’s largest sand desert

George Monbiot

George Monbiot is a journalist and campaigner. His book, Feral, documents his explorations into why he had become indifferent to our countryside
After a tough ten months trapped in Antarctic ice, Shackleton’s ship – the Endurance – was finally claimed by the sea

James Bowthorpe

James Bowthorpe is a film-maker, designer, adventurer and former round-the-world-by-bicycle record holder. His latest endeavour – the Hudson River Project – sees him scouring the streets of Manhattan and hiking up the Hudson river to explore our relationship with nature
Geographical collected top tips for budding adventurers and expeditions from a wealth of wisdom at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Explore 2015 weekend

Pollution in Delhi

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

France’s lawless lands

Far from the Château de Versailles, indigenous people in remote French Guiana are French citizens inadvertently living outside the law

Sarawak by kayak

Torrential rain and unnavigable waters may have proved troublesome obstacles for Jonny Hawkins’ rolling kayaking expedition through the jungles of Borneo, but on the positive side, they led to an unforgettable encounter
After nine months trapped in the Antarctic ice, including four months of winter darkness, Ernest Shackleton ordered the crew of the Endurance to abandon ship

Frank Barrett

Frank Barrett is an author and Travel Editor for The Mail on Sunday. His latest book, Treasured Island, is an odyssey around Britain in search of the landmarks that inspired Britain’s literary classics

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
French food is formally recognised by UNESCO as World Intangible Heritage. However, the southern region of Provence is using gastronomy to bolster its own identity

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