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While it may be more usual for advances in agricultural practices to create greater productivity and a healthier planet, a report by professor Thomas Hertel, Purdue University, warns that for Africa, it may actually be more harmful for the environment

Indian water tonic

India’s rural water supply is a vast problem for public health officials. If disease outbreaks are to be kept in check, water sources need to be subject to routine monitoring

Siberia success

Life is good for the Nenets herders of the Yamal Peninsula in northwest Siberia, says Ed Vallance. Unlike many indigenous groups, they have found a way to preserve their traditional way of life in a modernising world

Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsay is an urbanist and journalist whose books include Aerotropolis, an examination of how airports have become the central hub for cities. His forthcoming book, Engineering Serendipity, looks at the role serendipitous encounters play in economics.
Despite planning for every conceivable possibility, during his six-week expedition along the length of Iran’s Karun River, Tom Allen discovered that the most valuable piece of equipment he owned was his own ability to communicate

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein is a Canadian activist and writer. Her latest book, This Changes Everything, examines the underlying ideologies that have prevented us from confronting climate change.

An American odyssey

During his six-month trek along the Pacific Crest Trail from southern California to the USA–Canada border, Ian Mangiardi discovered that although his kit proved to be invaluable, his most important piece of gear was the head on his shoulders

Suren Gazaryan

Suren Gazaryan is a Russian environmental activist and winner of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize. After leading campaigns to expose government corruption and illegal use of protected forest along Russia’s Black Sea coast, he had to flee to Estonia to avoid arrest
Nick Middleton travels to the world’s coldest town, where de-icing livestock is part of everyday life and everyone owns a pair of fur-lined mittens
Despite storms flooding their tent, high winds pelting them with sea spray and a continuous stream of dirty nappies, Erin McKittrick has nothing but good memories of crossing Alaska’s Malaspina Glacier with her husband and two small children
China could reduce its water consumption if it reorganised its crop production and trade, reports a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Food for an extra 100 million people could be grown on land that has been ‘grabbed’ in developing countries, according to a new study published in Environmental Research Letters

David Harvey

David Harvey is one of the world's most influential geographers. After studying geography at the University of Cambridge, he moved to the USA, where he developed the interest in Marxism that has shaped his career

The slippery summit

Ever since an Italian expedition first climbed K2, in 1954, its members have argued bitterly about a key aspect of the ascent. Mick Conefrey unearths evidence to shed new light on this famous mountaineering controversy

Skye three ways

Continuing his series of ‘microadventures’ around the British Isles, Alastair Humphreys headed to the Isle of Skye with the idea of cycling, climbing and kayaking his way around the spectacular island in 24 hours

Ramita Navai

Ramita Navai is a British–Iranian journalist and broadcaster. Her first book, City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran, details the extraordinary stories of the ordinary people she met in southern Tehran
New study demonstrates a significant difference in exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) outdoor air pollution between white and non-white people in the USA

Living in the clouds

Despite suffering from acute motion sickness, meteorologist and explorer Felicity Aston found that travelling by airship across the USA from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts offered a unique opportunity to study the mechanisms at work in the atmosphere

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