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For years, China was the go-to destination for exporting the West’s refuse material. But with an import ban now in place for everything from plastics to e-waste, and a growing global population producing an ever-greater amount of rubbish, what exactly is the future for a world awash with garbage?
For this month’s Discovering Britain, Rory Walsh explores London’s weird and wonderful weather
In the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, traditional Buddhist culture has helped shape government policies on the environment and the search for human happiness. Should we all follow suit?
October 2019 marked 250 years since Captain James Cook first set foot in New Zealand, kickstarting a wave of British colonisation on the archipelago. The anniversary has been seen as an opportunity to re-evaluate the country’s relationship with a man who, with a strike of his pen, defined the way many New Zealanders see themselves today
The Bauls of Bengal are an order of wandering folk singers that have kept their philosophies alive for centuries. But modern demands threaten to overtake their simple, itinerant lifestyles. Now, an audio-visual record is being taken to keep their vocal traditions alive for generations yet to come
Matthew Jones and Rosalie Wright were delighted when they unearthed details of an expedition to a remote corner of Borneo’s rainforest in the 1950s. Forming their ideas at the RGS-IBG Explore weekend, they spent almost a year planning on how to retrace the route for their own research journey to the Usun Apau plateau
Across the EU, emissions from aviation are increasing and passenger numbers are on the up. As Germany raises the taxes it imposes on passengers, Geographical asks whether these sums can really make a difference
Continental Europe’s most extensive underground rail transport network, the Madrid Metro, has transformed the life of Europe’s third-largest city. This year, the Metro celebrates a century of steady progress and expansion
Recent claims suggest that plastic recycling does little to tackle the issue of plastic pollution. Instead, the infinitely recyclable nature of aluminium beverage cans could offer a promising packaging alternative, highlighting fundamental flaws in the life cycle of single-use plastic
A central highway in Brazil’s largest city is about to get a green makeover. But are the plans all they’re cracked up to be and who, really, will benefit?
As polluting rich nations court global catastrophe at UN climate talks, Europe’s 2050 carbon neutrality target embraces 3˚C of warming as best-case scenario
Nearly seven hundred million people around the world lack access to proper toilets. While efforts are underway to change this, not all schemes are equal
Klaus Dodds looks at how health emergencies can affect global geopolitics
Alarmingly, nothing unexpected happened in Madrid
If the 2016 vote for Brexit was described as a political earthquake in the United Kingdom, then the 2019 general election is the equivalent to the tsunami that followed

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