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Only 20 per cent of electronic waste is being recycled globally. As incomes rise and prices fall, predictions for the future are looking grim
Contrary to pervasive myth, Easter Islanders were resourceful and sensitive to the limits of their environment

Surveying Gaping Gill

With the world accurately navigated by multi-constellation satellites, what is left to explore? Kevin Dixon is nearing completion of a five-year project to map the Gaping Gill cave system in the Yorkshire Dales, showing that you can still make new…
A rapid malaria test has stemmed overuse of antimalarials, but is risking the overuse of antibiotics instead
Hans Friederich is the director general for INBAR, the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation, a multilateral development organisation of 42 member states aimed at the worldwide promotion of bamboo and rattan as an alternative resource
A global boom in battery usage over the coming century has raised concerns about the ethics and practices behind mining cobalt and other essential minerals
Prafulla Samantra led a 12-year legal battle against the Indian government’s plans to mine the Niyamgiri Hills, an oasis for biodiversity and rightful home of the Dongria Kondh people. He was awarded the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize for his actions
A selection of in-depth workshops at the RGS-IBG's Explore 2017 will underline the importance of field research as an essential component of exploration

Down the Danube

Earlier this year, a group of packrafters set out on an epic endeavour to paddle across Europe, navigating their way from Ireland all the way to the distant Black Sea. Chris Fitch joined them as they made their way through…
China’s central government is to shut down factories and punish local officials in the latest sweep of environmental crackdowns across the country
While travelling across the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, travel writer Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent finds herself asked to a sacrificial tribal festival in a remote village on the Indo-Tibetan border
New evidence suggests the historic Antarctic expeditionary may have been undermined by Scott’s second-in-command
Regina ‘Gina’ Lopez, an environmental activist, former Environmental Secretary to Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, and member of the business elite, has been awarded the 2017 Seacology Prize for her opposition to mining and work to improve ecosystems across the islands of…
As the global supply of water comes under increased strain, regional instability leaves Jordan stuck between a rock and a hard place
Bonita Norris is an adventurer, public speaker and television presenter, who climbed Mount Everest in 2010 after attending an RGS-IBG lecture two years earlier. Her new book, The Girl Who Climbed Everest, is on sale now
Ten women, ten days, two very different matriarchal groups. When Catherine Edsell set out to lead an expedition on the trail of an all-female elephant herd in Namibia, little could she realise the similarities the groups would share
Clive Hamilton is an Australian author and Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra. His latest book is ‘Defiant Earth’, an analysis of the Anthropocene
Cambodia has stopped selling its sand overseas, a move that has highlighted a global shortage in this oft-overlooked global resource

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