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The Last Englishmen

From Calcutta to the Himalayas, in The Last Englishmen, author Deborah Baker details how towards the end of the British empire its subjects were obsessed with the romantic ideals of explorers, rebels and heroes aiming to conquer nature in all its forms. Here, she describes the role the mighty Everest played in the shaping the geopolitical attitudes of those attempting to conquer its peaks in the shadow of the Great War

Fire on the Moor

With the recent Saddleworth Moor fire, it can be easy to think such landscapes are little more than tinderboxes waiting to be set alight. But there’s much to uncover if you dig a little deeper

Under the Volcanoes

Benjamin Hennig charts the impact of volcanoes on nearby human populations
Whale sharks have been found to not travel far from familiar coastlines, putting them at risk from human activities
As part of our monthly series of reports looking at the impact China’s BRI project is having on the local infrastructure situated along its route, explorer and China scholar Charles Stevens visits the Greek port that marks the point where the Road meets the Belt
‘Iconic mammals of the hill’ see populations dwindling in the moorlands of the eastern Highlands

The Social Saving Network

Using WhatsApp to monitor and predict deadly landslides in Colombian informal settlements

The Sacred Lake

During her time in Ghana, Sarah Begum experienced the lives of a community that surrounds one of the world’s few lakes situated in an ancient meteor impact crater
The Lone Star tick is spreading across North America, carrying a peculiar health threat with it: an allergy to red meat
Earlier this week, Indonesia was struck by a series of powerful earthquakes. Photographer and island resident, Alfie Minnaar files this special photographic report as the islanders of Gili Trawangan attempt to deal with the aftermath
Efforts to reduce the energy drain of the internet are pushing high-power using data centres into the sea, the Arctic, and beyond

Talc Terror Trail

An investigation reveals how the illegal export of talc, used in numerous household products, is providing significant funds to insurgents in Afghanistan
In this month’s Discovering Britain, Laura Cole visits Winchester’s chalk stream, a vital artery for England’s first capital
Coal’s rising popularity among climate-apathetic leaders is a worrying trend, says Marco Magrini. However, not all past burners are keeping the fires lit
Land rights for the indigenous are still a problem, but is it time to turn our attention to language?

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