Laura Cole

How a horde from Mongolia finally conquered the world
Explorers share a strange experience from the wild and what it taught them 
A stunning interactive map shows a year in the life of global shipping. Its co-creators Duncan Clark and Robin Houston discuss how their data visualisations can be interpreted
Two photographs next to each other are of opposite subjects. One is artificial: the churned-up dryland farms of the Spain’s Monegros County. The other natural: Iceland’s Thjorsa River delta. However, the pastel tones of the warm farmland and the cool blue river mirror each other
From US debt to cosmic exploration, water use to missing migrants, these 15 infographics are in the running for the Information is Beautiful Awards 2016

Water Wall

For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole explores Birmingham’s Gas Street canal basin
Thunderstorms in the US could be transporting harmful mercury from the atmosphere to the ground
Three experts speculate on the impact a Trump or a Clinton presidency will have on the regions of Europe, Latin America and Asia
The Woodland Trust is worried that one in ten Brits are unable to identify our four most common trees: oak, ash, holly and horse chestnut. Luckily, there’s an app for that
Spiking methane levels are probably due to agriculture and wetlands, not fossil fuels, say experts

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