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So much rain fell on Australia in 2010 and 2011 that the global sea-level not only stopped rising, but actually dropped measurably, according to a new study
Soot, or black carbon, released into the air as Europe rapidly industrialised, was probably responsible for the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the Alps, according to a new study
Careful analysis of a 150-year-old moss bank on the Antarctic Peninsula has revealed an unprecedented rate of ecological change since the 1960s, driven by warming temperatures

Hotspot – Italy

With racial tolerance being stretched in Italy, Klaus Dodds ask why xenophobia is such a powerful force in the country

Hunting the hunters

In an edited extract from new book The Modern Explorers, US conservationist J Michael Fay joins a team of forest guards as they head into the jungles of Gabon on the trail of a gang of elephant poachers
A new study published in Conservation Biology has linked the cashmere garment trade to the destruction of ecosystems that support numerous endangered species
A team of NASA scientists has used satellite data to create the most detailed global maps of plant photosynthesis ever produced

Hotspot – Bosnia

For long-established countries, national identities tend to feel solid and unchanging. But for newer states, the evolution of an identity can be contentious, even violent. Klaus Dodds investigates what arguments in Bosnia tells us about national identities

Return to the desert

Despite a court victory that allowed Botswana’s Bushmen to return to their ancestral land, they continue to face harassment from a government keen to turn the land over to mining

Putting down roots

According to its supporters, the so-called Great Green Wall across northern Africa will stop food shortages, green the desert and even stop nomads roaming. But so far, it's still largely a grand vision

Hotspot – South Korea

As the visit of South Korean president Park Geun-Hye to the USA is overshadowed by controversy, Klaus Dodds tries to understand the underlying social issues and imbalances still affecting South Korea

The only way is up

Even with the most meticulous plans and the biggest team ever assembled for an attempt on Everest, the success of the 1953 expedition came down to a series of gambles and a bit of luck with the weather

Hotspot – Malaysia

Klaus Dodds casts an eye over territorial disputes on the island of Borneo, and asks if there is any chance the stand off can be resolved peacefully

When the wind blows

With 1,200 wind turbines due to be built in the UK this year, Mark Rowe explores the continuing controversy surrounding wind power and discusses the extent to which it can supply our future energy needs

Hotspot – Slovenia

Since independence in 1991, Slovenia looked to be the former Yugoslavian success story. But as social unrest threatens national stability, Klaus Dodds asks whether the country’s problems have been properly addressed

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