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The importance of COP26, taking place in Glasgow at the start of November, is hard to overstate. Tim Marshall explores the make or break geopolitical forces underlying the biggest climate conference since the Paris Agreement  
Access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa is the worst in the world, a fact that touches every facet of people’s lives there. But change can happen with the right policies in place
James Wallace, chief executive of Beaver Trust, shares an unlikely tale of acquaintance between three familiar species
The winners of the most hotly anticipated photography competition have been announced
Artist and geographer Nick Jones was appointed artist in residence for the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute, and in 2018 voyaged to Greenland and Baffin Island, painting pictures of icebergs, clouds, cliffs and seascapes
Photojournalist Tommy Trenchard joins a research expedition to the Saya de Malha Bank in the Indian Ocean, where a profusion of marine life waits to be discovered
So far, carbon offsets have focused mostly on tree-planting. But a marketplace for verified soil carbon credits is emerging, and it could bring significant change to agriculture
In 2007, the African Union announced a hugely ambitious project – to plant the Great Green Wall, a band of trees that would stretch the length of the Sahel. Progress has been slow, but as a trip to Burkina Faso demonstrated, continued momentum could change lives 
Marine scientists are often too few and too underfunded to study marine species. Social media and citizen science is filling in the gaps
Indigenous marmosets are under threat from released pets and forest fragmentation
A rare encounter with a leopard in the mountains of Armenia sparked a hunt for the elusive creature, caught between Armenia and Azerbaijan
The Saildrone Surveyor, a type of uncrewed autonomous vehicle, has completed its maiden voyage. Its design could enable Saildrone to revolutionise ocean mapping
Tim Marshall is a journalist, broadcaster and author of Prisoners of Geography and Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls. Here, he shares his take on the routes refugees may take to flee the Taliban in Afghanistan
Matthew Benwell, senior lecturer in human geography at Newcastle University, considers the ways in which flags can be used and co-opted 
Australia has the highest per-capita use of rooftop solar power in the world and some of its states and territories are striding ahead with clean-energy initiatives, yet the federal government still keenly supports fossil fuels. So what’s up Down Under?

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