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Olive oil soap from Crete was once the toast of the Mediterranean. Entrepreneurial, nature-loving Cretans are now taking the island’s soap-making tradition to new levels
Latin America and the Caribbean experience the highest levels of inequality in the world – however, the rate is falling. Yet there is considerable progress required to get other Sustainable Development Goals on track before 2030
As popularity of quinoa has escalated in recent years, so too has the price. New research explores the impact this is having on traditional South American consumers
Prior to the recent unrest in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the Lesser Caucasus, writer and filmmaker Frank Middleton encountered first-hand the intricate negotiations involved in simply going for a walk
Bedouin pastoralists have inhabited the deserts of the Middle East and North Africa for thousands of years. Today, however, many are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain their traditional semi-nomadic way of life
Spelunking? It’s what we would call caving or potholing. And urban spelunking is what it sounds like: exploring cities’ underground infrastructures. Steve Duncan describes the highs and lows, and outlines the kit you’ll need to mount your own metropolitan subterranean…
Despite some positive signs, the countries of the Asia-Pacific region have a lot of progress to make in order to achieve their SDGs

Arrested development

A controversial dam development in the Mekong River in Laos is risking the welfare of local inhabitants
John Peck is an adventurer, expedition leader and organiser. He runs Executive Stretch, for business leaders looking to make adventure part of their lives, and Bravehearts, wilderness survival programmes on remote Scottish islands for inner-city youth leaders working with violent gangs

Finding Solomon’s gold

Gold mining on the island of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, has descended into a murky yet toxic stasis, with potentially destructive environmental results
Striking out in a dangerous attempt to communicate their perilous situation to the outside world, Ernest Shackleton takes a small crew in a lifeboat and sets off on a 750-mile journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia
Ahead of a return to South Georgia later this year, legendary mountaineer Stephen Venables looks back on his previous recreations of Shackleton’s famous Antarctic crossing 100 years ago

The African brain drain

An inaugural science conference in Senegal has committed to tackling the continent’s exodus of STEM talent
The 2016 Land Rover Bursary Expedition has commenced, scouting out a route for the first Transcaucasian hiking trail, stretching across Georgia and Armenia
Women, especially in developing nations, are bearing the burden of a global childcare crisis, with many being forced to leave their children at home while they work
A new report reveals the scale of the challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa if it is to hit its sustainable development targets, with most countries scoring badly across almost all goals
Inspired by the Victorian adventurers, Joff Summerfield decided to circumnavigate the globe on that most impractical-looking of all bicycles
Edward Whitley is a conservationist, author, and founder of the Whitley Fund for Nature

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