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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

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
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

Ed Davey versus America

50,000 Americans have petitioned Ed Davey to end the UK’s programme for wood pellet power generation

This is the way to Amarilla

A second line on the world’s biggest urban cable car network, known as the Línea Amarilla (‘yellow line’), has opened in Bolivia’s capital city, La Paz
Rapidly climbing levels of obesity across China are being blamed on bad urban design that encourages car usage over walking
The ever-growing international trade in beef, soy, palm oil and wood products has been found as one of the key drivers of worldwide deforestation
A new report has confirmed worldwide urban agriculture now totals 456 million hectares and shows an increase in food being both grown and consumed within cities
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

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