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Flat land

This month, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering Britain walk takes Olivia Edward through rural Essex to the Thames estuary, where she’s delighted by a fascinating ‘land of horizontals’
Despite storms flooding their tent, high winds pelting them with sea spray and a continuous stream of dirty nappies, Erin McKittrick has nothing but good memories of crossing Alaska’s Malaspina Glacier with her husband and two small children
Oil palm plantations cause more damage to the environment than was previously thought, according to a new study that documents their effect on water quality
China could reduce its water consumption if it reorganised its crop production and trade, reports a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
A new study published in Scientific Reports has put forward a novel theory to explain the origin of the Quaternary ice age, which covered large parts of the Northern Hemisphere 2.6 million years ago
Flood-mitigation efforts on China’s Yellow River that began almost 3,000 years ago are at least partly responsible for devastating floods that have killed millions and toppled dynasties, according to a new study
Food for an extra 100 million people could be grown on land that has been ‘grabbed’ in developing countries, according to a new study published in Environmental Research Letters
Biological communities in the North Sea have undergone significant changes since the turn of the millennium, according to long-term studies carried out by a team of German scientists
A new study has revealed that earlier snowmelts are causing migratory birds that breed in Arctic Alaska to initiate nesting earlier in the spring
A warming period that took place more than 400,000 years ago resulted in a nearly complete deglaciation of southern Greenland, raising global sea levels by about five metres, according to a new study
The loss of sea ice around the Antarctic coastline is leading to a huge drop in biodiversity on boulders on the shallow seabed as they are scoured by icebergs, according to a new study

In the fly zone

The Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve in northern Spain’s Basque Country is a hotspot for migrating birds on the East Atlantic Flyway. A hi-tech new birdwatching centre is pioneering survey and conservation work as well as offering visitors an unparalleled twitching experience

David Harvey

David Harvey is one of the world's most influential geographers. After studying geography at the University of Cambridge, he moved to the USA, where he developed the interest in Marxism that has shaped his career

Hotspot – USA

From boycotts to terrorist attacks, hotels have had their share of geopolitics. Klaus Dodds checks in to investigate   

Heat and dust

Offering guaranteed light, clear blue skies and interesting geometrical patterns, deserts are a photorapher's paradise – just beware the dreaded dust and sand, and don’t leave your camera in the sun

Julysub 2020

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