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A team of scientists has found evidence of an enormous, previously unknown canyon hidden under the Greenland ice
A new study has found a clear link between earthquake activity and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in a small town in Ohio
A team of French scientists has used sediment cores dating back 70,000–80,000 years to resolve a long-standing paradox about the formation of the Arctic ice sheet 
Global warming is causing crop pests to spread to higher latitudes at a rate of almost three kilometres a year, a new study has revealed
So much rain fell on Australia in 2010 and 2011 that the global sea-level not only stopped rising, but actually dropped measurably, according to a new study
Soot, or black carbon, released into the air as Europe rapidly industrialised, was probably responsible for the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the Alps, according to a new study
Careful analysis of a 150-year-old moss bank on the Antarctic Peninsula has revealed an unprecedented rate of ecological change since the 1960s, driven by warming temperatures

Hotspot – Italy

With racial tolerance being stretched in Italy, Klaus Dodds ask why xenophobia is such a powerful force in the country

Hunting the hunters

In an edited extract from new book The Modern Explorers, US conservationist J Michael Fay joins a team of forest guards as they head into the jungles of Gabon on the trail of a gang of elephant poachers
A new study published in Conservation Biology has linked the cashmere garment trade to the destruction of ecosystems that support numerous endangered species
A team of NASA scientists has used satellite data to create the most detailed global maps of plant photosynthesis ever produced

Hotspot – Bosnia

For long-established countries, national identities tend to feel solid and unchanging. But for newer states, the evolution of an identity can be contentious, even violent. Klaus Dodds investigates what arguments in Bosnia tells us about national identities

Return to the desert

Despite a court victory that allowed Botswana’s Bushmen to return to their ancestral land, they continue to face harassment from a government keen to turn the land over to mining

Putting down roots

According to its supporters, the so-called Great Green Wall across northern Africa will stop food shortages, green the desert and even stop nomads roaming. But so far, it's still largely a grand vision

Hotspot – South Korea

As the visit of South Korean president Park Geun-Hye to the USA is overshadowed by controversy, Klaus Dodds tries to understand the underlying social issues and imbalances still affecting South Korea

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