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Geographical: November 2019

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 DOSSIER: THE FUTURE OF OIL STATES

The concept of renewable energy in the Middle East sounds incongruous, for this is a region that is home to more than half of the world’s crude oil and more than a third of its natural gas reserves. However, local attention is slowly turning to both the sun and the region’s desert winds. In time, this shift in emphasis could play as key a role in limiting damaging effects of the climate crisis as any other. Can the Middle East go green?

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REGENERATION: EASTBOUND AND UP

The story of Margate is one of early success, severe downturn, and now revival, through a conscious strategy of ‘culture-led regeneration’ which has seen thousands of Londoners flock to the east coast. But can the injection of culture and a splash of new blood really change lives for the better, and if so, for whom?

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GUINEA-BISSAU: HOW RESTLESS CAN A NATION BE?

Guinea-Bissau, where slave-hunting on an industrial scale began, is a world leader in instability. But is the real picture one of downward-spiralling destitution, or is this a nation ready to pull itself back to its feet?

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SPOTLIGHT: NEW ZEALAND

This October marked 250 years since Captain James Cook first set foot in New Zealand, kickstarting a wave of British colonisation on the archipelago. The anniversary has been seen as an opportunity to re-evaluate the country’s relationship with a man who, with a strike of his pen, defined the way many New Zealanders see themselves today.

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EXPLORE SEPCIAL: EXPLORE 2019 AT THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY (WITH IBG)

What is the pull of a gathering of explorers when there is so much information freely available in print or digital form? As John Hunt, leader of the expedition that made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest said – life is meeting.

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