PLACES

UK youth unemployment has fallen again, but October’s figures still remain above pre-recession levels, according to the latest labour market figures
A new report shows the geography behind fast food, diabetes and ethnicity in the UK
Just a few kilometres from the congested downtown of a city whose choking traffic fumes have seen it dubbed the Big Smoke sits a strange anomaly, a dark, placid, fecund place existing in a world of noise, light and chaos
Under the shadow of Mont Blanc, the Alpine town of Chamonix has been a tourist magnet since the 18th century. But as tourism and climate change put pressure on the surrounding environment, the local authorities have decided to act

Urban ecosystems found

New research from the US has shed light on ecosystems that exist in urban areas and explain how interactions between humans, geology, chemistry and biology contributed toward urban ecosystems that are particularly sensitive to mismanagement

Eat the Alps

Hidden in a forgotten corner of Austria, the Lungau is a naturally beautiful biosphere with a talent for self-sufficiency

Growing pains

Population levels are rising and nowhere is this felt more keenly than in the world’s megacities – urban sprawls that each house over ten million people. But such growth brings with it a host of problems

Dire Dhaka

From the Mughals to the British Empire, those who’ve ruled over the region now known as Bangladesh have identified Dhaka as an advantageous location

Water logged

China’s megacities ‘are facing an unprecedented water crisis’, according to the World Conservation Union (IUCN)
A map detailing carbon stocks across Peru has been launched after a collaboration between the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO), the Peruvian Ministry of Environment and Wake Forest University
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
Twenty years ago, Mexico City was considered the ultimate urban disaster. But, recent political and economic reforms have transformed it into a hub of individualism, cultural diversity and consumerism

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 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
Iron-rich Saharan dust played a major role in the formation of the Bahamian islands, providing the nutrients necessary for specialised bacteria to produce the island chain’s carbonate-based foundation, according to a new study published in Geology
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

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