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Glacial melt is increasing  land instability in mountainous regions, with huge tsunamis rising in frequency as a result
A large-scale terrain mapping project makes Antarctica the best-mapped continent on Earth 
New research reveals that microplastics can survive in mosquitos from larvae to adult, raising the possibility of particles being transferred from freshwater to land
New research measures the ability of major cities to re-use critical nutrients found in wastewater
Biosphere 2 was one of the most ambitious experiments in biospheric science. 25 years later, one of the original team members looks back on the project and examines its legacy
High-quality, affordable drones can revolutionise the way that landscape and vegetation data is collected. This short study shows how the impact of ash die-back disease can be assessed quickly in a small plot of woodland

Under the Volcanoes

Benjamin Hennig charts the impact of volcanoes on nearby human populations
A volunteer-led digital mapping project is at the heart of efforts to combat humanitarian disasters
As the planet urbanises, attention is turning towards the most basic of building materials – concrete – to ensure the imminent construction boom is as sustainable as possible

Essential oil?

Palm oil is omnipresent in global consumption. But in many circles it is considered the scourge of the natural world, for the deforestation and habitat destruction which follows its production. Does this ubiquitous crop deserve to be treated with such disdain?
A rising number of cruise ships and their ‘overlooked’ diesel emissions are dropping anchor along the Thames, angering London residents in the process

Seismic spaces

Benjamin Hennig charts the growth and impact of the world’s earthquakes
Long-term studies reveal the Sahara desert has expanded substantially over the past century
South America’s wealthiest economy is at a crossroads between environmental protection and environmental exploitation
The European Court of Justice finds the logging of a primeval forest illegal, raising questions about future forest management

Tides - Strange Eden

In this extract from his new book, Tides, mountain climber and critically-acclaimed author Nick Bullock recounts an eventful climb in the French Alps, one with echoes of a much more tragic past
New data from the World Health Organization reveals that nine out of ten people worldwide are breathing polluted air

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    Few would argue with football’s position as the world’s number one sport. But as Mark Rowe discovers, this global popularity is masking a sinister...
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    Palm oil is omnipresent in global consumption. But in many circles it is considered the scourge of the natural world, for the deforestation and habita...
    When the wind blows
    With 1,200 wind turbines due to be built in the UK this year, Mark Rowe explores the continuing controversy surrounding wind power and discusses the e...
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    In the 2016 London Mayoral election, the city’s natural environment was high on the agenda. Geographical asks: does the capital have a green future,...
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    Wetlands are vital storehouses of biodiversity and important bulwarks against the effects of climate change, while also providing livelihoods for mill...

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