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Parkesine, celluloid and Bakelite – the first three kinds of plastics ever discovered – reshaped the world for the better. Their modern descendants are clogging it for the worse says Marco Magrini
For this month’s Discovering Britain trail, Laura Cole climbs the Devil’s Staircase, the seemingly illogical road in Glencoe, Scotland
Flat and level landscapes might not have much to offer in terms of dynamism and impact, but there’s a lot to unearth if you know how to look
The five winners include schemes to eliminate plastic waste and reduce human-wildlife conflict
Winning entries include meerkats, zebra sharks and courting nudibranches
Nearly two decades after the mystery 1947 disappearance of a plane was partially solved, three British mountaineers attempted to travel to the Andean crash site; finding that memory, spoken word and fact are even more slippery than the ice releasing its grip on the aircraft
Mikael Frödin is a Swedish-born professional fly fisherman turned environmental activist. In 2019 he appeared in the film, Artifishal, to highlight the dangers of open-net salmon farms

World Ocean Day

The UN’s World Ocean Day is a day to celebrate the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the planet’s water bodies
The discovery a long ‘tongue’ of ice beneath a glacial lake in Patagonia could have implications for freshwater glacial stability
Biochar was once heralded as a miracle product, one that could both sequester carbon and improve soil conditions. Though it’s found itself out of the limelight in recent years, some scientists are still fighting its corner
Benjamin Hennig explains two cartograms which demonstrate the global water security threat

World Environment Day

Breathe easier this World Environment day with this collection of stories
Why is China so keen on courting Islamic countries for its Belt and Road Initiative? The team at Kontinentalist brings you some answers with this interactive guide
Get on your bike with this collection of stories to celebrate World Bicycle Day
Dr Evan Killick is a senior lecturer in Anthropology and International Development at the University of Sussex, whose collaborative efforts with an indigenous community in Peru has helped them gain official language recognition

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