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Which are the world's happiest countries? Benjamin Hennig maps the answer
New Zealand, Australia, and other former British colonies among the world’s hotspots for alien bird species richness
Thirty years ago, the world bore witness to one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. But not everybody was keen to leave their lives in Chernobyl behind
From the clothes you are wearing, to the shoes on your feet, the mobile phone in your pocket, to the car you drive, or bike you ride, to the food on your plate – all of these items will, most…
As Geographical takes a look at the geopolitical state of the Arctic, Benjamin Hennig maps current ice thickness at the top of the world
New 3D maps reveal the extent of a near-invisible threat: microscopic pollutants
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

Sports report

Benjamin Hennig gets to grips with the increasingly globalised world of football
Geographical’s resident data cartographer, Benjamin Hennig, breaks down the recent US election results
City leaders from around the world gathered recently for the Global Parliament of Mayors. Could cities be set to overtake national governments as key decision makers?
A quirk of geology has produced a strange pattern on the American voting map. What is this blue curve, and where does it come from?
The true proportions of Richard Nixon’s victory in the 1972 US presidential election can be shown by cartographic methods
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

Coast Lines

Coasts are a more complex geographical entity than you might believe. Benjamin Hennig maps the world's coasts to learn more
The methods we use to teach physical geography and environmental science are rapidly changing. As a new generation of high-quality affordable drones creates a revolution in the way that schools collect, process and view landscape data, Dr Steve Boreham of…
Norway is looking to gift a mountain to Finland as a 100th birthday present. But is it legally feasible?
The world’s first comprehensive report on plant species finds over one fifth at risk of extinction
As a Cumbrian hill in the Yorkshire Dales is offically declared a mountain by a mere six millimetres, Geographical talks to summit mapper Myrddyn Phillips about what defines a mountain

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