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Celebrities and animal welfare groups have been expressing their disappointment online about Japan’s pledge to restart its whaling activities this year
In a series of photographs from his recent trip to Sinjar in northern Iraq, photojournalist Sean Sutton captures the work being done to clear the area of thousands of landmines and other explosive hazards, leftover from Isis occupation and the resulting conflict
In the second of his features on the world’s geopolitical curiosities, Vitali Vitaliev looks at the generally unrecognised self-proclaimed entities, known as ‘micronations’

Hotspot – Sabotage

Following a series of assaults on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, owned by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Norway, Klaus Dodds examines the role of sabotage in modern conflicts
In contrast to established wisdom, one group of scientists believe that by factoring in global health benefits, it is possible to decrease carbon emissions and still save money
From using too much electricity to stepping out the back door, a new report by Human Rights Watch reveals the extent to which every day behaviour in China’s Xinjiang region is monitored by the authorities, contributing to a regime of constant surveillance and mass detention

World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is a day to reflect and act on the global refugee crisis 
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

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