Worldwatch


A flooded village in Mozambique

A year of drought, storms and floods across East Africa

Discover the harsh reality of drought and floods in East Africa, and how communities are dealing with the aftermath.
A Russian holiday home falls into the sea as the permafrost melts

Arctic permafrost: a linear threat, not a planetary tipping point

ByBryony CottamJul 16, 2024
Melting permafrost doesn’t face a tipping point - it’s a linear problem we need to address now
Rhododendrons, protected in the Eastern Himalaya, invasive in the UK

Nature positive economy on the horizon, but businesses struggle to measure impact

ByBryony CottamJun 25, 2024
Learn about the urgent need to reverse global biodiversity loss and transition to a nature-positive economy.
An antimicrobial resistance susceptibility test

The looming crisis of antimicrobial resistance

ByBryony CottamMay 31, 2024
The booming use of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents in farming is giving rise to resistant bacteria
Many shipwrecks act as havens for marine life

Shipwrecks: A window into history

ByBryony CottamMay 3, 2024
Discover the secrets of shipwrecks: historical data, artefacts, and treasure in need of conservation
Khuri dunes in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan

Shifting sands: why the Thar desert on the borders of India and Pakistan is getting greener

ByBryony CottamApr 22, 2024
As climate change continues to drive desertification, one desert is set to undergo a surprising transformation
Polygonal tundra landscape in Russia’s Taymyr Peninsula

A warmer Arctic could have a big impact on Earth’s northernmost rivers

ByBryony CottamApr 4, 2024
A warmer Arctic could have a big impact on Earth’s northernmost rivers
Protest march in London over modern slavery

Victims of modern slavery are being held in UK prisons

ByGeographical StaffMar 4, 2024
The growing problem of modern slavery victims in UK prisons. Charities fear victims are being locked up
For the Sámi, reindeer herding is more than just a profession – it’s a way of life

Green energy projects are making grabs for poorly protected Indigenous lands

ByBryony CottamFeb 19, 2024
Energy companies must do more to ensure the transition to wind and solar doesn’t come at the expense of Indigenous communities
Drilling a borehole to reach groundwater

The world water map – accounting for every drop

ByGeographical StaffFeb 2, 2024
Can we map our way out of future water shortages? A new tool is helping scientists identify areas where demand exceeds supply
A road damaged by frost quakes in Finland

Frost quakes are a growing problem in Finland and other sub-Arctic countries

ByBryony CottamJan 16, 2024
Frost quakes could become increasingly frequent in the north, with potentially significant consequences for buildings and infrastructure
The use of charcoal and firewood is causing health issues among camp residents

A new fuel that could help air pollution in Africa

ByBryony CottamDec 27, 2023
Air pollution is rising across Africa, largely due to domestic fires, but one Kenyan entrepreneur has developed a much cleaner way to cook
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