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For British cave divers, Chris Jewell and Jim Warny, who had been being rushed out to Thailand to help in this week’s epic rescue operation, the events bore an uncanny echo to a life-and-death struggle they had just recently experienced…
Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that football has had a major impact on our world. We investigate how a lowly sport gained the power to start wars, make millionaires, and prompt a nation to paint its lampposts…
A German recycling scheme is proving to be a source of relief for those on low-incomes, but is it also having an impact on recycling levels as a whole?

Feeding the Galápagos

The Galápagos are often thought of as a unique natural paradise, but they are also home to 30,000 people. In such a remote part of the world, feeding them is increasingly challenging
China’s ban on plastic imports will displace more than 110 million tonnes of plastic waste over the next 12 years
If you think you can escape the ballyhoo of the World Cup, think again. Football is taking over the world
As the world’s top footballers battle it out in Russia, a gathering of unrecognised nations had their own moment in the sporting spotlight
The US meat industry is attempting to officially define ‘meat’ as a slew of new, clean meats move closer to the dinner table
After Michael Pugh quit his job as a law firm partner in Moscow, the only way he wanted to return home was by horse, travelling through Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Romania
As the world prepares for the next FIFA tournament in Russia, the top football teams from the world’s unrecognised nations square off in London
Road collisions remain a leading cause of deaths and injuries around the world, casting doubt upon UN aspirations to halve the total number
Lynne Corner is director of VOICE – Valuing Our Intellectual Capital and Experience – based at the UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing. VOICE works with citizens to co-develop approaches, products and services that meet the challenges of global population ageing
The biological wonders of Mozambique’s mountains have only recently been unveiled after years of neglect. Secrets still exist, however, as Sam Jones discovered when launching a biological assault on the Njesi Plateau
Lloyd Figgins is founder of LFL Global Risk Mitigation consultancy, and a regular commentator to international media on issues of safety and security. His new book, The Travel Survival Guide, is out now
From plastic-eating enzymes and oil-sucking polymers to ‘deep learning’ robots – innovative companies and research institutions are designing the future of the waste industry
Children on the summit of Aconcagua are a rare sight. James Egemont-Lee recounts how he and friend Ben Freeth travelled with their sons to the highest summit outside of the Himalayas
A pioneering expedition in 2019 will search for the lost Shackleton ship, the Endurance, as well as taking with it a vast array of scientific aspirations
In this exclusive extract from his newest book, founder and president of Survival International, Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE, looks back on the legacy of his ground-breaking 1977 Royal Geographical Society expedition into the interior of Borneo

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