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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...
They have been in place for nearly a decade, but Mexico City’s Saturday driving restrictions have had negligible impacts on solving the megacity’s air pollution crisis
As Paris continues to combat its severe air pollution problem, the compulsory displaying of car pollution certificates may be just the ticket

(Un)happy planet

Which are the world's happiest countries? Benjamin Hennig maps the answer
New Zealand, Australia, and other former British colonies among the world’s hotspots for alien bird species richness
Thirty years ago, the world bore witness to one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. But not everybody was keen to leave their lives in Chernobyl behind
From the clothes you are wearing, to the shoes on your feet, the mobile phone in your pocket, to the car you drive, or bike you ride, to the food on your plate – all of these items will, most…

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