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When author Lydia Syson set a historical novel on a Pacific island in the remote Kermadecs, the last thing she imagined was that she’d one day see it for herself

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One of the problems in getting accurate climate science out there, says Marco Magrini, is that there are far too many people unwilling to hear
A new vaccination strategy aims to eradicate peste de petits ruminants, a deadly disease affecting sheep and goats
Biosphere 2 was one of the most ambitious experiments in biospheric science. 25 years later, one of the original team members looks back on the project and examines its legacy
Italy is divided over the future of its wolves and bears
Over 100 years have passed since São Tomé could claim to be the world’s largest producer of cocoa. But investment from Fair Trade companies and global demand for craft chocolate are finally putting this tiny West African country back on the chocolate map
A Scottish tidal power project in the Pentland Firth has the potential to supply enough energy to power 175,000 Scottish homes
The world’s first full global analysis of beaches reveals the state of each continent’s coastlines
A new prime minister in Ethiopia has enabled the end of war with neighbouring Eritrea, as peace descends upon the Horn of Africa

Hotspot – El Salvador

Klaus Dodds looks to El Salvador's past to explain how it can haunt the geopolitical present
As one of the biggest displays of Caribbean culture in the world, the legacy of Notting Hill Carnival is steeped in both celebration and struggle. After the Windrush scandal threatened the security and identity of thousands of Caribbean people in the UK, Carnival 2018 is pledging a return to its ‘roots’
After 130 years in the diamond industry De Beers recently announced it would begin selling lab-grown diamonds. But what are lab-diamonds, why all the hype, and what do they mean for the future?
High-quality, affordable drones can revolutionise the way that landscape and vegetation data is collected. This short study shows how the impact of ash die-back disease can be assessed quickly in a small plot of woodland

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

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