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Sir John Houghton

Sir John Houghton is a Welsh climate scientist. He was professor of atmospheric physics at the University of Oxford; a key member of the IPCC; founder of the Hadley Centre; and chief executive of the Met Office

Adam Broadhead

Adam Broadhead is a geographer who specialises in lost rivers. After he was unable to reach his home town of Gloucester due to flooding in 2008, he decided to focus on water issues

Where the ice flows by

With a bit of spare time to kill after a horseriding adventure in Mongolia, Jamie Bunchuk and his companion Matt Traver decided to packraft down the Khovd River. But they hadn’t counted on it being quite so ice-choked
Lucien Castaing-Taylor is a filmmaker and artist, and director of the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University. His latest work, Leviathan, co-directed by Véréna Paravel, immerses viewers in life aboard US fishing trawlers
Inspired by Wilfred Thesiger’s famous desert journeys, Alastair Humphreys walked 1,600 kilometres from Salalah in Oman to Dubai and found that life there had changed enormously since Thesiger’s Arabian Sands was published
Global food production could be increased substantially without clearing more land for agriculture simply by harvesting existing cropland more frequently, according to a new study published in Environmental Research Letters

Ice-cold exploration

High in the Swiss Alps, Robbie Shone joins a team of British scientists exploring, mapping and photographing the network of moulins and ice caves that riddle the 14-kilometre-long Gorner Glacier
New study provides evidence that three ancient river systems flowed across the Sahara, suggesting they would have provided a viable route for human migration to the Mediterranean

The great escape

In an edited extract from his book, Walls: Travels along the Barricades, Marcello Di Cintio meets some of the thousands of migrants who attempt to enter Europe via Ceuta, one of Spain’s Moroccan enclaves

The only way is up

Even with the most meticulous plans and the biggest team ever assembled for an attempt on Everest, the success of the 1953 expedition came down to a series of gambles and a bit of luck with the weather

Festival of flight

Each year, in Bhutan’s remote Phobjikha Valley, thousands of people gather for the Black-Necked Crane Festival, a vibrant show of solidarity aimed at protecting the endangered dancing birds by providing a source of income for local farmers. And it has…

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