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Repurposed NASA maps show the racial diversity (and segregation) of the United States in more detail than ever before

Train spotting

Benjamin Hennig maps Europe's public train networks
A new map of global landslide susceptibility reveals vast geographical discrepancies over where landslide deaths occur
For decades, scientists have been divided over how these eerily perfect circle arrangements are formed in the Namibian desert
The first count of global tree species reveals how many are in existence... and how many are threatened
The new ‘world’s longest flight’ now spans a distance of more than 9,000 miles, from Doha to Auckland. But is there any limit to aviation’s global connectivity?
For the Swiss, the iconic yellow postbuses are much more than just a means of public transportation. Vitali Vitaliev hops on board for a journey of discovery

Cleaning Venice

After years of inaction, could the clean-up of the Venice lagoon finally be underway?
Following the recent success of New Zealand’s Whanganui river, India’s Ganges river and Yamuna river become the second and third in the world to be granted the legal rights of human beings

REDD+ or Dead?

The UN-backed REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) scheme, under which developing nations would be paid not to cut down trees, is being hailed as the saviour of the world’s forests. But is it too focused on quantity…
Where are Europe's earthquakes located? Benjamin Hennig maps the answer
Was last year’s El Niño a practice run for future climate change? In this introduction to an upcoming series of online blogs for Geographical, Laura Cole shadows the University of Oxford’s Global Ecosystem Monitoring Network and its work to discover…
Geographical’s regular look at the world of climate change. This month, Marco Magrini looks at deforestation
Drought in the region is turning to full famine – with catastrophic humanitarian consequences
After decades of neglect, a major clean-up of Lake Titicaca is underway, but will it be sufficient?
What was once one of Botswana’s most iconic pieces of natural scenery has fallen, but is the legend really dead? David Clement-Davies looks at the tree’s history and the landscape’s future
The world’s largest tropical peatland carbon store has been mapped for the first time and it is 16 times bigger than expected
Benjamin Hennig visualises how the world has moved to the cities, and what will happen next...

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