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Fracking: why it’s fracking fluid that’s the grey area

Fracking: why it’s fracking fluid that’s the grey area

Fracking is a highly contentious term for a highly contentious practice. Environmentalists gained the upper-hand with the verb ‘frack’: harsh, cacophonous, and the euphemism for campaign posters the world over. The industry prefers the term ‘hydraulic fracturing’, with its clean, efficient, and neutral tone. Which […]

Oil sands, cancer, and government greenwashing

Oil sands, cancer, and government greenwashing

Oil sands are unquestionably bad for the environment. They are one of the most politicized fossil fuels on the planet ever since oil prices rose post-2003 making the deposits profitable to extract. Environmentalists loathe them, blackening their name: Naomi Klein describes them as a “parched, […]

How do you develop a slum?

How do you develop a slum?

How do you develop a slum? In some places, such as Beijing, slums have been bulldozed, with allegations of human rights abuses. In others, children still play around open sewage. In others still, slum residents now can travel by cable car. This GeoIssues report investigates […]

Particulate matter: deadly but invisible

Particulate matter: deadly but invisible

Air pollution is often thought of as a gas hanging above our cities, but the most dangerous parts of it are particular matter (PM): ash, dust, chemical salts, thought to cause 7 million premature deaths a year. 92% of the world’s population, according to the […]

Why you should care about thawing permafrost

Why you should care about thawing permafrost

24% of all exposed land in the Northern Hemisphere is permafrost. It contains an estimated 1400-1700 billion tonnes of carbon, twice the amount in the atmosphere. And it’s thawing at an unprecedented rate, releasing vast quantities of this carbon into the atmosphere, in one of […]

Ocean acidification: the forgotten cost of climate change

Ocean acidification: the forgotten cost of climate change

Ocean acidification is the forgotten consequence of climate change. The oceans have reduced the rate at which temperatures rise on land by absorbing carbon dioxide and thermal energy, but this comes at a terrible cost: the cost of ocean acidification. It is a cost which […]

Why Spain cannot afford to lose Catalonia, but Catalonia can

Why Spain cannot afford to lose Catalonia, but Catalonia can

Yesterday, Catalonia declared its illegal and undemocratic independence. It’s easy to get swept up in the legislative chaos that the crisis has caused, but instead it’s worth stepping back to view why Catalonia is so important to Spain, and why Spain can’t bear losing the […]

North Korea: its famine and its nuclear missiles…

North Korea: its famine and its nuclear missiles…

North Korea is a catch-22 situation: a nuclear nation but, in geopolitics, the 16 million people who suffer chronic food vulnerability are the lynchpins. In the wake of the recent ICMB which passed over the island of Hokkaido and Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the […]