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Geographical August 2020

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INTERCEPTION
Those working to solve the ocean plastic problem are shifting from managing the symptoms to treating the disease. Chris Fitch explores the prospect of halting the flow of ocean plastic at the source: rivers.

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ENGINEERING THE CLIMATE
Katie Burton explores the practicalities and ethics of geoengineering, the controversial science that could quickly cool the atmosphere.

REBIRTH OF THE YANGTZE
Justin Jin travels along the Yangtze river, the third-longest in the world, to find out if Chinese policy-makers, companies and environmentalists can clean its waters, and in doing so rescue an iconic species.

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SPOTLIGHT ON... ST KILDA
Ninety years after depopulation, the Scottish islands of St Kilda continue to exert a huge pull for visitors – and are a barometer of the threats faced by the UK’s seabirds.

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PADDLEBOARDING THE RIVER OF LIFE
Setting off from the glacial source of the Ganges, where raging white-water rapids carve a path through the Himalayas, Spike Reid and a team of adventurers became the first people to navigate the Ganges by stand-up paddleboard, a feat never attempted before. In doing so, the team aimed to raise the profile of plastic pollution and those working to tackle the problem. 

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