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As China relaxes its infamous one-child policy, one million families apply for the legal right to have a second child
In Upstate New York a heritage centre is preserving a region’s natural, cultural and agricultural history
As logging and climate change alter the Arctic, the indigenous Sámi peoples are open to a new world
Volunteers from the ‘Global South’ are an important, but poorly understood group in development work

Roach rescuers

Being crushed under your own home during an earthquake, and then having a cockroach – drawn by your moans – crawl all over you is not at first thought particularly reassuring

Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer is an author whose latest book, Another Fine Day at Sea, took him aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush as writer-in-residence. His previous work includes a frame-by-frame dissection of Stalker, a Russian movie associated with…
Eight years after he wrote about his experience of walking solo to the North Geographic Pole, Ben Saunders returns to the pages of Geographical to describe his Antarctic sequel
In Pakistan, bonded slavery is as prevalent now as it has ever been. Luke Duggleby reports on the efforts being made to combat this horrific violation of human rights

Making contact

It’s fairly well known that Amazonia, a huge forest region that straddles the Brazil–Peru border, is home to indigenous groups that have little or no contact with the outside world
A World Health Organization report has revealed the world’s highest consumers of alcohol
A reward of $100 is being offered for an orginal copy of the famous advertisement Shackleton is said to have placed recruiting men for his Antarctic expedition
Cuba has been generous during the recent Ebola outbreak, but the country’s health care system faces major challenges
As many as two thirds of the 15,000 children kept in ‘orphanages’ in Nepal are not, in fact, orphans, with the criminals who run the establishments duping naive Western volunteers into providing funding
On 5 December 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his crew, aiming to be the first people to cross Antarctica via the South Pole, left South Georgia. It was the last time they would set foot on land for nearly 500 days

The Pole of cold

Recipient of the 2013 Land Rover and Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Bursary, Felicity Aston found driving to the coldest place on Earth a test of willpower, a reliance on sturdy equipment and the gathering of local, if unusual, knowledge

Tales from the crypt

Bejewelled skeletons tell how Europe’s attitudes to death changed from familiar to fearful. Geographical speaks to author Paul Koudounaris about decorating the past
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, best known for the Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947

Sahel squeeze

Food, animal feed and fuel are all in high demand in Africa’s troubled Sahel region, but supply is not rising to meet demand

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