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John Lewis and Habitat withdraw granite worktops over slavery concerns

John Lewis and Habitat have pulled a range of granite worktops from sale over concerns their supply chains may be tainted with slavery and child labour.<p>Many other high-street businesses selling granite products such as kitchen worktops, tiles and tombstones are also likely to scrutinise their …

How Federal Flood Insurance Puts Homes at Risk

It was clear long before Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas that the National Flood Insurance Program, the government’s most important means of recovering from such disasters, needed to be overhauled. It fails to account for the full extent of flood risk, encourages development in areas known to …

Don't blame climate change for the Hurricane Harvey disaster – blame society

Weather and climate don’t cause disasters – vulnerability does. Perhaps counter-intuitively, this means that the widespread discussion as to whether …

ArcGIS Web Application

A cyclone in Madagascar has made vanilla four times more expensive

As a huge tropical storm drifted westward across the Indian Ocean in March, it set itself on a collision course with the world’s sweet tooth.<p>Cyclone Enawo wreaked havoc on Madagascar, inflicting enough damage on the world’s biggest vanilla producer to roil the global vanilla trade and send prices …

Weather

Hurricane Harvey: Why Is It So Extreme?

Hurricane Harvey is drowning southeastern Texas for the fourth day, putting a vast area under feet of water. Experts say Harvey has been stuck longer …

The school beneath the wave: the unimaginable tragedy of Japan’s tsunami

In 2011 a tsunami engulfed Japan’s north-east coast. More than 18,000 people were killed. Six years later, in one community, survivors are still tormented by a catastrophic split-second decision. By Richard Lloyd Parry<p>The earthquake that struck Japan on Friday 11 March 2011 was the fourth most …

Tsunamis

Sierra Leone mudslide: president calls for urgent help as search continues

Hundreds feared dead, thousands still missing and many more left homeless after mud engulfs houses near the capital, Freetown<p>Sierra Leone’s president has appealed for urgent help to support the thousands of people affected by a devastating mudslide on the outskirts of the country’s capital.<p>A …

Explaining the Deadly Sierra Leone Mudslide

Rainfall triggered a slide that had likely been building for weeks, but environmental damage may have made the destruction worse.<p>Every year, intense rains fall throughout Sierra Leone. In a dataset of annual precipitation by rainfall, Sierra Leone falls at number 12 globally. The Food and …

Maps: Tracking Harvey’s Destructive Path Through Texas and Louisiana

Maps and animated satellite imagery show the scale and reach of the storm.

Tourists and cruise ships could be turned away under new plans to protect Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik will drastically cut the number of visitors allowed into its ancient centre in just two years in an effort to prevent ruinous overcrowding, the mayor has revealed to Telegraph Travel.<p>The new limit will go further than Unesco’s recommendation of permitting only 8,000 people a day inside …

When Climate Change Meets Sprawl: Why Houston's ‘Once-In-A-Lifetime' Floods Keep Happening

Boomtown, Flood Town<p>Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a …

Extreme Weather

The city that won't stop growing

How can Lagos cope with its spiralling population?<p>By Alastair Leithead<br>21 August 2017<p>The lagoon metropolis<p>A thick layer of acrid, blue smoke hovers just above the waterfront slums that skirt Lagos lagoon, filtering out sunrise and sunset.<p>This man-made mist that clings to the rusted shack rooftops …

Africa

Detourism - Turismo Sostenibile Città di Venezia /Sustainable Tourism - City of Venice

Follow<p>Detourism - Turismo Sostenibile Città di Venezia /Sustainable Tourism - City of Venice<p>Venice, Italy<p>Sustainable Tourism - City of Venice …

#EnjoyRespectVenezia

Venice is the only city of its type in the world and a <b>UNESCO World Heritage Site</b> representing a cultural and natural asset of exceptional value, …

‘Tourism kills neighbourhoods’: how do we save cities from the city break?

Historic cities are buckling under the pressure. Could targeting repeat visitors be one way to make tourism less of a burden on people who live there year-round<p>Not all tourists count getting drunk before noon and desecrating a local monument or two as top priority for a break away, but those that …

Cruise tourists overwhelm Europe's ancient resorts

<b>There are places where the surge of global tourism is starting to feel like a tidal wave.</b><p>Ancient cities around the shores of the Mediterranean and Adriatic are on the front line, their stone streets squeezed full of summer visitors as budget airlines and giant cruise ships unload ever-growing …

European Travel

Adapting to population pressures

As if the heatwave named ‘Lucifer’ were not enough to contend with in August, Malta seems to be confronted with additional nuisances in the summer …

Anti-tourism attacks in Spain: Who is behind them and what do they want?

Already plagued by long security queues at airports, holiday-makers visiting top destinations in Spain face more vacation woes once they arrive. …

Dozens of locals storm Barcelona beach in protest against ‘rowdy’ tourists

Dozens of Barcelona residents stormed the city’s beach today to protest against rowdy tourists.<p>Around one hundred locals argued that the influx of …

Only governments can stem the tide of tourism sweeping the globe | Elizabeth Becker

Tourism, like all globalised trends, can be a force for good, but can also wreak immense localised damage<p>In Barcelona this summer, I was shown a protest sign written in English that said: “Why call it tourism season if we can’t kill them?” Anger over unhampered tourism is getting ugly, even in …

Tourism

Scientists discover 91 volcanoes below Antarctic ice sheet

This is in addition to 47 already known about and eruption would melt more ice in region affected by climate change<p>Scientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth – two kilometres below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers west Antarctica.<p>The project, by Edinburgh University …

Antarctica

China is facing a food problem - and the Western diet could be to blame

Today's Chinese citizens have grown hungry for fatty, high-protein foods, but the country's agriculture industry may have hit its limit.<p>The Western …

BBC World Service - 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy - Downloads

Sat 28 Oct 2017<p>Revealed – the winning 51st Thing! Which “thing” won the vote to be added to our list?<p>Download<p>Sat 21 Oct 2017<p>The plough kick-started civilisation – and ultimately made our modern economy possible<p>Sat 14 Oct 2017<p>Refrigeration revolutionised the food industry, and other industries …

Canvey Island is at high-risk of flooding. Experts say rising sea levels mean one day it will be underwater.

Canvey Island is at high-risk of flooding. Experts say rising sea levels mean one day it will be underwater. In 2014 Brett's house was flooded. Every time there is heavy downpour, Brett worries his house - which is his biggest investment - will be flooded again. So is this flooding in Essex linked …

Sea Level

Morrisons will not adopt 'fake-farm food' brands

<b>Supermarket group Morrisons has pledged not to sell own-label "fake-farm" food.</b><p>It defines this as brands that can give a misleading impression that food comes from a British farm, market or farming town which may not even exist.<p>It said a meat brand it had created called Hemsley was a play on the …

Agriculture