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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
Britain’s urban rivers are the cleanest they’ve been for more than 20 years, according to a 21-year study by scientists from Cardiff University
Large-scale surface melting of Greenland ice in 1889 and 2012 caused by combination of rising temperatures and Northern Hemisphere forest fire ash, not warming alone
Over the past 30 years, wildfires across the western USA have been getting bigger and more frequent, according to new research
A team of researchers at Imperial College London launches a detailed atlas of fine-scale environment and health maps for England and Wales

Fruits of the forest

Once a hotbed of political unrest, southern Kyrgyzstan is now home to an innovative ecotourism initiative based around its walnut forests

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