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Chennai’s £2.6billion metro system is among India’s most expensive megaprojects, but a scheduled opening this month has been delayed

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 Kickstarter campaign aims to map Greece’s threatened olive groves
Many major cities around the world are set to face severe water problems over the coming decades, but Singapore – the perennial resource underdog – leads the way in urban water management

Sailing the earth

It came from the 1970s, and it’s found out on New Mexico’s high desert mesa. This unusual home is an ‘Earthship’, designed by architect Michael Reynolds as the ultimate in off grid living

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
Brazil possesses 12 per cent of the world’s freshwater, and yet São Paulo – the biggest and richest city in South America – is suffering from severe drought with deforestation getting the blame
If reports are to be believed, Sana’a, and other cities in Yemen, will soon be the first in the world to run out of water. Can this crisis be averted?

Unseen London

A look at the capital’s hidden buildings

Tips for a desert climate

Whether it’s the ‘Empty Quarter’ or the Gobi, Geographical rounds up tips for desert expeditions

Island of the Aztecs

A man-made island in western Mexico lays claim to a legendary history

The life of Scafell Pike

There’s a whole lot more to England’s highest mountain than just somewhere to take in a scenic view

Unknown Baghdad

Geographical selects neglected episodes from a distinguished city
Our metropolises are becoming highly networked and technologically advanced urban hubs. How should we react to the rise of the smart city?
A controlled water release from the Morelos Dam has revived vegetation on the Colorado River delta
For the past six years, Abu Dhabi has been building what it hopes will be the world’s leading eco-city – Masdar City. But questions are being asked as to just who these types of man-made habitats are actually for

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

Indonesia’s fire fight

Indonesia’s Riau province faced a health crisis this year with 50,000 people laid low with respiratory illnesses due to forest fire haze, according to the country’s disaster management authorities

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