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A volunteer-led digital mapping project is at the heart of efforts to combat humanitarian disasters
As the planet urbanises, attention is turning towards the most basic of building materials – concrete – to ensure the imminent construction boom is as sustainable as possible

Essential oil?

Palm oil is omnipresent in global consumption. But in many circles it is considered the scourge of the natural world, for the deforestation and habitat destruction which follows its production. Does this ubiquitous crop deserve to be treated with such disdain?
A rising number of cruise ships and their ‘overlooked’ diesel emissions are dropping anchor along the Thames, angering London residents in the process

Seismic spaces

Benjamin Hennig charts the growth and impact of the world’s earthquakes
Long-term studies reveal the Sahara desert has expanded substantially over the past century
South America’s wealthiest economy is at a crossroads between environmental protection and environmental exploitation
The European Court of Justice finds the logging of a primeval forest illegal, raising questions about future forest management

Tides - strange eden

In this extract from his new book, Tides, mountain climber and critically-acclaimed author Nick Bullock recounts an eventful climb in the French Alps, one with echoes of a much more tragic past
New data from the World Health Organization reveals that nine out of ten people worldwide are breathing polluted air
In the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, now a small town is embroiled in a fight with Nestlé to keep hold of its own spring water 
Benjamin Hennig maps out the global production and distribution levels for diamonds
Millions of Americans are living in areas at high-risk of river flooding, many of whom will be completely unaware of the danger
New interactive maps combine precipitation and temperature to show climate change in more detail and can be used to compare climates worldwide
Public transport in India could be on the verge of being revolutionised by the construction of a ‘hyperloop’ between major cities
To retrace the route of the fur voyageurs on the waterways of northwest Ontario, Canada, Laura Cole embarks on a week-long canoe trip along the world’s largest lake
IPCC Cities and Climate Change Conference: Alberta host dresses non-renewable foundations with green decorations
Increased carbon dioxide is affecting freshwater ecosystems

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