Across the world, social circuses are transforming the lives of young people. Geographical contributor Tommy Trenchard visits two circuses in Guinea and South Africa to find out how these lively spaces help people escape poverty and reach heights they never dreamed of. Elsewhere in this issue, Justin Jin takes his camera to the far north of Russia to document the people searching for and extracting natural gas. Mark Rowe tackles invasive species. Considered one of the greatest threats to biodiversity he discovers that controlling them is becoming increasingly difficult. We visit the high plains of India, where the future of the very softest cashmere – pashmina – is in doubt. And, in Bolivia, Shafik Meghji recounts his visits to El Alto, the country’s highest city where past and future collide.
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