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For this month’s Discovering Britain Trail, Laura Cole visits Bristol, where the city’s role in the slave trade puts it at the centre of a global debate
Laura Cole travels to Orkney to find out why numbers of harbour seals have fallen by 78 per cent since 2000
The unprecedented frequency of winter tick epidemics have resulted in a 70 per cent death rate for New Hampshire’s moose calves

Hotspot – Brazil

How did Bolsonaro do it? Klaus Dodds charts the Brazilian leader’s rise to power
Ocean debris, mostly composed of plastic, reaches remote Atlantic islands at ten times the levels found just a decade ago
Gene editing technology means scientists are close to changing small-scale crops into plants suitable for industrial production
Impassioned teacher and marine conservationist Libby Bowles looks back at her bamboo bicycle tour of New Zealand’s schools, where she built awareness about and inspired solutions to the ocean plastics crisis

Remote photography

With motion detectors becoming ever more sophisticated, and clearer, crisper image resolution available with even the smallest setup, remote photography is a vital tool in the geographic photographer’s kit bag, says Keith Wilson
Natural capital is a way to quantify the value of the world that nature provides for us – the air, soils, water, even recreational activity. Advocates say this is crucial if biodiversity is to have any clout in a world governed by raw economics. Others believe the concept merely turns the natural world into a commodity. Is natural capital our last chance to halt the carnage mankind inflicts on the environment or are its supporters naively dancing with the devil?
The reason for the unusual location of Mount St Helens is becoming clearer
Simon Reeve is an author and TV presenter whose latest BBC show is The Mediterranean with Simon Reeve. His new book is Step by Step: The Life in My Journeys
Glacial melt is increasing  land instability in mountainous regions, with huge tsunamis rising in frequency as a result
Most plants thicken their leaves in response to higher carbon levels in the atmosphere – a new climate change model reveals this could have a big impact on global warming
For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole visits Kennington to look at a stretch of fencing that has led a double life
Not just the preserve of flatulent cows, methane is causing problems on a much wider scale discovers Marco Magrini

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