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The Nile is home to mysteries both ancient and modern – these scientists may have got to the bottom of two long-debated questions
While researching his main article on the world’s smallest countries, Vitali Vitaliev breaks down the confusingly eccentric ruling bodies of the tiny nation of San Marino
Vitali Vitaliev briefly meets the down-to-earth ruler of Liectenstein
In the third of his series on geopolitical oddities, Vitali Vitaliev looks at our planet’s smallest independent nations
While the country is still reeling from the shock of Hurricane Dorian, the most powerful Atlantic storm to hit the island nation since records began, a study by Stanford University highlights the potential of nature-based protection to minimise future damage
Increased rainfall intensity, predicted to occur as the climate changes, could benefit groundwater levels in nine African countries
Now in its fourth year, this annual lecture series highlights Oman’s flourishing natural habitat. This year, the focus is on the work of the Oman Botanic Garden
With Jakarta suffering from severe subsidence, pollution and congestion, Indonesia is making plans to move its capital
A revolution in digital mapmaking is underway and the implications for industry, the environment and all of humanity are huge
India has pledged $120billion to make its cities ‘smart’. But can such technology help the country solve its most pressing urban issues?
Buildings made from wood are becoming increasingly common in cities around the world, as designers and architects extol the carbon capturing nature of this underused material
The lead author of a scientific study, which claimed that planting trees has mind-blowing potential to tackle the climate crisis, reflects on the mixed response to the report
A team of researchers in Australia are urging urban planners to embrace temporary green spaces
An artificial intelligence tool can predict where conflicts related to water scarcity are most likely to arise
Hundreds of historic landfill sites are at risk from erosion and flooding with old, contaminated waste already showing up on English beaches
London has officially become the first of a new kind of ‘national park’ which places the natural world and sustainability at the heart of the city
A new model of the monsoon system, which dispenses with the Himalaya Mountains, has demonstrated how the ocean impacts the strength and timing of the annual rains
In the second of his features on the world’s geopolitical curiosities, Vitali Vitaliev looks at the generally unrecognised self-proclaimed entities, known as ‘micronations’

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