Laura Cole

A project to map the ocean floor is raising concerns about prospective deep-sea mining operations
Cambodia has stopped selling its sand overseas, a move that has highlighted a global shortage in this oft-overlooked global resource
As part of New Zealand’s plan to cull millions of predators, scientists are consulting the public about controversial gene technology

Hill of Secrets

For this month’s Discovering Britain, Laura Cole visits a viewpoint in Wiltshire for a look at the largest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe
For this month’s Discovering Britain trail, Laura Cole travels to the seaside village of Padstow near the mouth of the river Camel
The southern US state is sinking twice as fast as previously thought, with human mismanagement of its coast being held largely to blame
Rodrigue Katembo risked his life to expose the corruption behind illegal oil exploration in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Earlier this year, he was awarded the Goldman Environment Prize for his work
An increase in visitors is putting severe strain on Iceland’s ability to cope
Ryszard Kapuściński was a journalist who was dangerously good at his job. Detained 40 times and escaping a death sentence four times, he wrote inflammatory but incandescent dispatches from conflicts across the world

FLATNESS by BW Higman

BW Higman has a sixth sense: he sees flat surfaces. Be they screens, furniture, walls, streets, railways, or even level playing sports fields, he notes that ‘flatness is at the centre of the everyday experience’ even to the point where ‘we hardly notice’ it anymore, and see such surfaces as ‘inevitable’ or even ‘natural’

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