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As many as two thirds of the 15,000 children kept in ‘orphanages’ in Nepal are not, in fact, orphans, with the criminals who run the establishments duping naive Western volunteers into providing funding
On 5 December 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his crew, aiming to be the first people to cross Antarctica via the South Pole, left South Georgia. It was the last time they would set foot on land for nearly 500 days

The Pole of cold

Recipient of the 2013 Land Rover and Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Bursary, Felicity Aston found driving to the coldest place on Earth a test of willpower, a reliance on sturdy equipment and the gathering of local, if unusual, knowledge

Tales from the crypt

Bejewelled skeletons tell how Europe’s attitudes to death changed from familiar to fearful. Geographical speaks to author Paul Koudounaris about decorating the past
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, best known for the Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947

Sahel squeeze

Food, animal feed and fuel are all in high demand in Africa’s troubled Sahel region, but supply is not rising to meet demand
Both Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu, refute allegations that they are planning on forcing Maasai Mara tribes off their land in order to turn it into a game park

Tips for a cold climate

If you’re planning an expedition to a polar or Arctic environment, take some advice from the experts. Geographical rounds up advice from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Explore 2014 arctic and polar workshop

Peter Hudson

Peter Hudson is an author and agricultural development worker. His recent book, Under an African Sky, describes repeated journeys over twenty-five years to a single village in Mauritania and his efforts to bring relief to people suffering from climate change
A donation to the British Museum has revealed Danish influence on Greenland’s indigenous Kalaallit people
The Maasai Mara tribe are facing eviction from their ancestral land, which is under sale to a safari company linked to the royal family of Dubai
As a Survival International report warns that plans for nature reserves often cause suffering for indigenous peoples, we look at how this has been occuring for longer than anyone would like to admit
Three months after a spill released copper sulphate into the Sonora River, northwest Mexico, health authorities continue to monitor and treat locals on the river course

Tom Morgan

Tom Morgan organised the first Mongol Rally from the UK to Mongolia. The rally has three conditions: the car must be small and rubbish, teams must be unsupported, and they must raise £1,000 for charity

Reed riders

Ancient boating techniques are still faithfully serving the Peruvian fishermen of Huanchaco, whose reed-built vessels have been seen on the waters of the Pacific Ocean for over 3,000 years

Surviving the Gower

Filled with romantic notions of self-sufficiency in the wild, Will Millard learned an uncomfortable lesson about correct planning and preparation when he spent a damp night sleeping under the stars on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales
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

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