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Gary Fuller is an air pollution scientist at King’s College London. His new book, The Invisible Killer: The Rising Global Threat of Air Pollution – and How We Can Fight Back, is published by Melville House
We’ve reached a critical juncture in the illegal poaching of some of our planet’s most endangered species and technological advancements might be the key to tipping the balance
There’s an unexpected issue with post-Brexit Britain that could dramatically affect UK business owners
Using computer simulations, cultural evolution researcher Alex Mesoudi analyses the impact of migration and challenges the belief that it harms a host country's cultural identity 
Architect Kelvin Campbell presents the case for ‘making massive small change’, a way of rebuilding neighbourhoods from the bottom up to transform urban lives
The vaquita is a species of porpoise endemic to the northern Gulf of California in Mexico, but illegal fishing means this fascinating creature is doomed to extinction, says Matthew Podolsky
Tim Brookes is the founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project a non-profit organisation that preserves endangered cultures
Encouraging beavers’ spread will only benefit the environment – on both the North American and European sides of the pond – argues author and environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb
City centres in the UK and other countries, could be on the cusp of the biggest upheaval since the Industrial Revolution. Professor Bob Giddings asks who they should be for and what should happen in them

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Is the world going through another transfer of power? Julian Sayarer asks where this moment in history might lead
It’s time to stop relying on traditional commercial methods when dealing with disease outbreaks, says Professor Harris Makatsoris
Lack of pollination of commercial crops is an issue of agricultural, not environmental importance
Where does aid go from here? Pablo Yanguas calls for donor countries to embrace the complex internationalism required for effective development 
Would North Korea give up its nuclear weapons? Would an early ‘bloody nose’ attack halt its ambitions? Are economic sanctions the answer? Dr Markus Bell and Dr Marco Milani bust some common myths surrounding the current state of North Korea
It’s time to tackle the hidden superbug menace in India’s rivers
Earlier this month, an international sustainability conference brought together 400 sustainability experts, engineers and political leaders representing 50 ‘Lighthouse’ cities to discuss the threat of climate change
On the Southern edge of the remote Kongsfjorden (King’s Fjord) on the west side of the Svalbard archipelago in Norway, an international research community representing ten different nations spent the long summer days studying the Arctic’s changing climate and environment
Exploring outdoors and in different places is important throughout our lives, but none more so that in our earliest years. As well as being more enjoyable that being confined to a classroom, it can be better for developing problem solving,…

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