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A new map shows how UK land use is continuing the trend of converting forest and agricultural land to artificial surfaces

World religions

Benjamin Hennig explores the distribution of major religions around the world
Mapping the chemical fingerprint of the Amazon lowlands from the air reveals the secrets of the forest canopy and the soil beneath

Human worlds

Humans have touched every part of the world. Or have they? Benjamin Hennig uses maps to explore

Gender inequality

Benjamin Hennig illustrates global gender inequality with the Gender Inequality Index Value

Ebola deaths

The distribution of deaths caused by the Ebola disease so far in the recent outbreak has been mapped, as efforts to control the spread intensify
Satellite data reveals that over the last decade, Africa, as a whole, has become both wetter and greener

Water worlds

Chlorophyll concentrations in the world’s oceans are important indicators for the presence of algae and other plant-like organisms that carry out photosynthesis

Global tree cover

There is a long tradition in the emotional relationship between people and forests. We can get an understanding of the extent of the global tree cover from satellite sensors such as NASA’s MODIS

Cartography and catastrophe

When disaster strikes, the United Nations turns to a charity based in a tiny Buckinghamshire hamlet. Tom Hart discovers how Map Action charts disasters that range from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to the refugee crisis in the Middle East
A team of researchers has used integrated radar observations from a consortium of international satellites to create the first complete map of the speed and direction of ice flow in Antarctica

Global salinity

Satellite data collected by NASA’s new Aquarius instrument has been used to create a detailed new map of global salinity
The Met Office has developed a new map that shows the impact that climate change could have on the whole planet by the end of the century if carbon emissions continue to rise
A team of researchers at Imperial College London launches a detailed atlas of fine-scale environment and health maps for England and Wales
EU researchers develop mapping software that uses correlations of environmental and health data to identify areas that are at risk of disease outbreaks
A team led by researchers from the University of Maryland has produced the first high-resolution map of global forest extent, loss and gain
How do cartographers and explorers come up with new names for locations and features in relatively recently discovered parts of the world? Adrian Fox and Kate Bazeley explore the history of naming Antarctica
A pair of University of Cincinnati researchers has used computer algorithms to develop a novel method for creating landscape maps

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