Our May issue is out now!




Our May issue is now in the shops and available digitally. Features include:

Photostory: Hot rocks
More than 70 coal fires burn under the Indian town of Jharia, creating a filthy smog that’s damaging the health of those who live nearby

Diamonds are forever
Will Millard recalls a tense encounter from his packrafting expedition on West Africa’s Moro River

Is it time to let go?
As climate change takes hold, efforts to control flooding on the Somerset Levels will require a more radical approach. Mark Rowe reports

Tectonics versus twitter
Daniel Allen reports on a new approach to disaster prevention and relief on Indonesia’s volatile Mount Merapi

When Europe discovered the world
Used for more than 500 years, the sea charts known as portolan maps played a vital role in the exploration of the world’s oceans

Fatal attraction
The residents of Lindisfarne in Northumberland face a Catch 22: although the future of the Holy Island depends on the development of tourism, many fear that it will end up destroying its distinctive character. Mark Rowe reports

Essential gear: An 8,000-metre apprenticeship
Cho Oyu is considered one of the easier 8,000-metre peaks. But when Tori James tried to climb this Himalayan giant, she found the challenges were unrelenting

And don’t forget…
… our regular features including a round-up of the latest geographical and climate science news; a hotspot focus on New Zealand; advice on photographing Great crested grebes; an interview with the founder of Bradt travel guides Hilary Bradt; and lots, lots more

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Sir John Houghton

is a Welsh climate scientist who was professor of atmospheric physics at the University of Oxford and a key member of the IPCC. He talks to Olivia Edward about a lifetime of climate researchRead on

Going underground

Following the Norwegian government’s decision to pull the plug on the only full-scale carbon capture and storage trial in Europe, questions are being asked about the technology’s future. Mark Rowe reports
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Migration watch

Never mind the cold and damp, 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, says Keith Wilson Read on

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-chokedRead on