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The 3,000-kilometre Greater Patagonian Trail has no signposts, printed maps or legal recognition. Satellite technology conceived the route. Matt Maynard follows in the footsteps of those who discovered it while technically, though respectfully, trespassing
Marco Magrini looks at the financial pressures spilling out into the world’s environment
Few sights are more dramatic than a star-filled sky at night. But to capture it in all its glory, you need to get far, far away, says Keith Wilson

Hotspot – Maldives

Klaus Dodds turns his attention to the Maldives, the island paradise that has caught the attention of the world’s most powerful players
Strap in for a newer, greener experience in virtual city design

The Women Who Mine

Female-led artisanal mining associations are fighting back against a predominately male industry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
A region of Antarctica previously known for relative stability is beginning to show signs of movement
A major investment in data collection along the Nile could revolutionise the water management of the iconic river
Everything we thought we knew about eruptions could be wrong
Sea levels are rising across the globe, but along the east coast of the US this appears to be occurring at different rates, with regions in the south experiencing higher sea levels than those in the north
Several factors are contributing to extreme deforestation in Haiti, with the poor economic state of the country primary among them
Seismometers buried in the Ross Ice Shelf have revealed that its snowy surface constantly vibrates, producing a low rumble of noise that scientists can use to monitor changes
A tightening of restrictions on the insecticides known as neonicotinoids has brought hope that the decline in honey bees and wild pollinators can be reversed. Yet concerns are growing as to how new technology could radically change the landscape. Are we heading towards a world of ‘frankenbees’, in which gene-edited bees are resistant to pesticides and where only the rich can afford to pay for pollinated crops?
Once a constant threat across Bangladesh, arsenic poisoning has significantly reduced thanks to deeper wells
Bonnethead sharks, the second smallest member of the hammerhead family, have been shown to not only eat, but digest seagrass, making them the first omnivorous shark known to scientists

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