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WATER

Following the recent success of New Zealand’s Whanganui river, India’s Ganges river and Yamuna river become the second and third in the world to be granted the legal rights of human beings
After decades of neglect, a major clean-up of Lake Titicaca is underway, but will it be sufficient?

Darwin’s puddle

Blue and yellow fish living in a small lake in Tanzania are helping scientists understand basic mechanics of evolution
Sir David Attenborough has opened a new nature reserve in London, a functioning reservoir, which has been hidden from the public for nearly 200 years
An ‘unprecedented boom’ in dam construction on three of the world’s largest rivers could have dire environmental consequences
Lake Poopó in Bolivia, has rapidly dried up, decimating local communities. Where did the water go, and will it ever return?

Back from the dead

Declared biologically dead in 1950s, the Thames is now home to hundreds of species of fish, seals, porpoises and more

In defence of bogs

Bogs - the scourge of all walkers - rarely get any friendly publicity. However, Geographical explores how the boggy plant, sphagnum moss, is wooing biologists

Muddy Waters

England’s rivers are under the spotlight, after recent findings suggested only 17 per cent are in either good or high health
Temperatures in world’s lakes are rising, but data has been sparse. A Canadian-led effort has filled in the gaps

After the tourists

Yellowstone National Park is home to some astounding geothermal pools. These colourful natural phenomena occur due to interaction between underwater hot vents and bacteria that grow in lawns across the pools
A controlled water release from the Morelos Dam has revived vegetation on the Colorado River delta
The controversial rival to the Panama canal is set to break ground on the beginning of a $50billion construction project, which will carve the country in two
Fabled Himalayan kingdom Shangri-la may be a myth, but geologists have uncovered a hidden gorge buried beside the Yarlung Tsangpo River in southern Tibet that throws into doubt previous theories on how the famous gorges of the Himalayas were formed
A new satellite study has revealed that about three quarters of the water removed from the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since 2004 has come from underground sources, raising fears about future water supply to western USA
Oil palm plantations cause more damage to the environment than was previously thought, according to a new study that documents their effect on water quality
Flood-mitigation efforts on China’s Yellow River that began almost 3,000 years ago are at least partly responsible for devastating floods that have killed millions and toppled dynasties, according to a new study
Britain’s urban rivers are the cleanest they’ve been for more than 20 years, according to a 21-year study by scientists from Cardiff University

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