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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…
As Geographical takes a look at the geopolitical state of the Arctic, Benjamin Hennig maps current ice thickness at the top of the world
New 3D maps reveal the extent of a near-invisible threat: microscopic pollutants
A stunning interactive map shows a year in the life of global shipping. Its co-creators Duncan Clark and Robin Houston discuss how their data visualisations can be interpreted

Sports report

Benjamin Hennig gets to grips with the increasingly globalised world of football
Geographical’s resident data cartographer, Benjamin Hennig, breaks down the recent US election results
City leaders from around the world gathered recently for the Global Parliament of Mayors. Could cities be set to overtake national governments as key decision makers?
A quirk of geology has produced a strange pattern on the American voting map. What is this blue curve, and where does it come from?
The true proportions of Richard Nixon’s victory in the 1972 US presidential election can be shown by cartographic methods
From US debt to cosmic exploration, water use to missing migrants, these 15 infographics are in the running for the Information is Beautiful Awards 2016

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  • Natural Capital: Putting a price on nature
    Natural capital is a way to quantify the value of the world that nature provides for us – the air, soils, water, even recreational activity. Advocat...
    The human game – tackling football’s ‘slave trade’
    Few would argue with football’s position as the world’s number one sport. But as Mark Rowe discovers, this global popularity is masking a sinister...
    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 habita...
    Hung out to dry
    Wetlands are vital storehouses of biodiversity and important bulwarks against the effects of climate change, while also providing livelihoods for mill...
    The air that we breathe
    Cities the world over are struggling to improve air quality as scandals surrounding diesel car emissions come to light and the huge health costs of po...

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