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The big melt

All over the world, mountain glaciers are in retreat, providing one of the clearest and most unambiguous signals that climate change is already under way
Making long-term predictions about precipitation is virtually impossible. But scientists believe that the recent proliferation of heavy rainfall events and heatwaves is proof that climate change is taking hold
The expansion of the Gobi desert in Central Asia was caused by the emergence of the Hangay and Altai ranges, according to a new study

The story of the river

In the latest Discovering Britain walk, Olivia Edward gains a fascinating insight into the development of the historic Thames-side town of Marlow

Adam Broadhead

Adam Broadhead is a geographer who specialises in lost rivers. After he was unable to reach his home town of Gloucester due to flooding in 2008, he decided to focus on water issues

Hotspot – Singapore

Portrayed as stable and supremely organised on the outside, recent events in Singapore have revealed tensions beneath the surface. Klaus Dodds investigates the complicated identity of this micro-state

Migration watch

Cold, damp and dark winter days may not appear the best conditions for photographers, but now is the best time to catch some of the British Isles’ most celebrated avian visitors, particularly in one of the country’s many nature reserves

Defenders of the forest

Threats to Cambodia’s remote Cardamom forests, which offer a last refuge to numerous endangered species, have led to the formation of an unusual alliance

Where the ice flows by

With a bit of spare time to kill after a horseriding adventure in Mongolia, Jamie Bunchuk and his companion Matt Traver decided to packraft down the Khovd River. But they hadn’t counted on it being quite so ice-choked
A team of scientists has discovered huge reserves of freshwater beneath the world’s oceans
The Sahara Desert has suffered a catastrophic collapse of its wildlife populations, according to a new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Zoological Society of London
A new study has revealed some of the factors that made the submarine earthquake that set off the devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region in March 2011 so strong
Declining chlorine levels in the stratosphere haven’t yet led to the recovery of the ozone hole that forms annually over Antarctica, according to two new NASA studies
Climate change could make the parasite Schistosoma mansoni, which causes schistosomiasis, significantly less common in the future, according to a new international study
Melting of West Antarctica’s ice cap is causing its bedrock to shift sideways, according to a new study

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