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Weekly updates from explorer Mark Evans as he attempts to retrace Bertram Thomas’ footsteps and cross the largest sand desert in the world – the Rub al Khali, from Salalah in Oman, to Doha in Qatar. This week: silent marches,…
Weekly updates from explorer Mark Evans as he attempts to retrace Bertram Thomas’ footsteps and cross the largest sand desert in the world – the Rub al Khali, from Salalah in Oman, to Doha in Qatar. This week: sulphur showers,…

The Money Trail

Remittance payments are a fundamental, yet often overlooked, part of the global economy. But the impact on nations receiving the money isn’t just a financial one

Building a Republic

Isolated and battered by storms and earthquakes, the relatively new nation of Vanuatu struggles at times to survive. Marco Magrini marvels at how a land of diversity overcomes immense hardship
Weekly updates from explorer Mark Evans as he attempts to retrace Bertram Thomas’ footsteps and cross the largest sand desert in the world – the Rub al Khali, from Salalah in Oman, to Doha in Qatar. This week: shooting contests,…
Shackleton allowed his crew to use up their rations with a Christmas feast, ahead of a gruelling march across the ice 

The tree exchange

How much is a household connection to the national grid worth? Or to have an asphalt road? In some of the least developed parts of Lao it can cost upwards of $600,000. Geographical discovers that in order to meet those costs,…
Saba Douglas-Hamilton is a conservationist, film-maker, and presenter of wildlife television programmes. After growing up in the African bush, she joined her father’s conservation charity, Save the Elephants, and manages the family’s eco-lodge, Elephant Watch Camp, in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

Austria by rail

If you want to see the ‘high hills’ or ‘lonely goatherds’ of Austria, Hazel Southam discovers there’s no better way than taking the train
Weekly updates from explorer Mark Evans as he attempts to retrace Bertram Thomas’ footsteps and cross the largest sand desert in the world – the Rub al Khali, from Salalah in Oman, to Doha in Qatar. This week: setting off,…
Hazel Southam investigates how a 17th century practical joke in Austria, led to a 19th century water sustainability project that’s still going strong today

Two’s company

13,000 miles, 27 countries, 452 days, 17 punctures and a pair of Kindles. During Tim and Laura Moss’ epic round-the-world bicycle trip, technology and tradition proved to be a hospitable combination on the route through Turkey towards Iran

Off your bike

According to data from 148 countries, global bike ownership has halved in the last 30 years

Stemming the flow

Development in sub-Saharan Africa is being undermined by a growing number of malaria cases, with people living near dams at least three times more likely to contract the disease
Recreating Bertram Thomas’ first expedition, a team of three will be crossing the Empty Quarter, or the Rub’ al-Khali, the world’s largest sand desert

George Monbiot

George Monbiot is a journalist and campaigner. His book, Feral, documents his explorations into why he had become indifferent to our countryside
After a tough ten months trapped in Antarctic ice, Shackleton’s ship – the Endurance – was finally claimed by the sea

James Bowthorpe

James Bowthorpe is a film-maker, designer, adventurer and former round-the-world-by-bicycle record holder. His latest endeavour – the Hudson River Project – sees him scouring the streets of Manhattan and hiking up the Hudson river to explore our relationship with nature

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