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The world's best cities

The results of the Telegraph Travel Awards 2014, one of the most comprehensive and reliable surveys of its kind, have now been announced.<p><b>Winners:</b> Cape Town<p><b>Runners up:</b> Vancouver and <b>Venice</b><p><b>In pictures: the world's 20 best cities</b><p>As your plane banks over <b>Cape Town</b>, you see a city dwarfed by a mountainous …

Cape Town

NASA reveals what carbon dioxide looks like from space

SAN FRANCISCO — NASA revealed the first-ever images of the global atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, the key long-lived global warming gas. …

National Geographic Travel

5 people who changed the world of travel forever

Meet the brave, the bold and the bonkers trailblazers of travel<p>Thomas Cook (1808-1892): Package prince<p>In 1841 a Baptist minister from Derbyshire …

Travelers

Nearly 7,000 homes due to topple into the rising sea

More than 800 properties will be lost to coastal erosion within the next 20 years because it is too expensive to save them<p>Nearly 7,000 homes and buildings will be surrendered to the seas around England and Wales over the next century, experts believe.<p>Properties worth more than £1 billion in total …

Climate Change

Boxing Day tsunami: 10 years on, the scars are not hard to find in Aceh

In the afternoons, after days of heavy rain, the boys in the village clamber up the wall of the shed, letting out screams of elation as they jump into the swollen river in their underwear. Clamber, jump, swim – repeat. By the riverbank their mothers slap soapy clothes on a concrete slab while their …

Will Indonesia Be Ready for the Next Tsunami?

Ten years after catastrophic waves lashed Sumatra, Indonesia has rebuilt. But the risk of another devastating tsunami is high.<p>Ten years ago, one of the deadliest natural disasters in history killed 227,898 people in 14 countries around the Indian Ocean—nearly 170,000 of them in Indonesia.<p>It began …

China Needs Millions of Brides ASAP

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Could this favela be the blueprint for how our cities should look by 2050?

Mediaeval towns and Brazilian favelas could hold the secrets to better urban living and should be studied by architects and planners designing …

Global warming will cut wheat yields, research shows

Global wheat yields are likely to fall significantly as climate change takes hold, new research has shown .<p>The researchers found that wheat production would fall by 6% for every 1C increase in temperatures. The world is now nearly certain to warm by up to 2C compared with pre-industrial levels, …

Boris Johnson: do those concerned about immigration want ‘forced sterilisation or one-baby policy?’

Mayor of London asks if voters who fear rising population would be worried about boom in ‘white, Anglo-Saxon protestant babies’<p>Boris Johnson has suggested that people concerned about Britain's rising population are prejudiced and joked that they want "forced sterilisation or a one-baby policy".<p>The …

United Kingdom

Entrepreneur Changes Life in Uganda by Turning Waste Into Fuel

Emerging Explorer Sanga Moses tackles social problems and deforestation with cooking briquettes.<p><i>Editor's note:Sanga Moses is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, a designation that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people to</i> …

California's Wildfire Threat Is So Severe That The Season Started Early

Don’t let the recent rains and green hillsides fool you -- the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fresh growth is only covering up months of dry, dead grass, putting California at risk for one of its most severe fire seasons ever.<p>Warnings issued to homeowners in the …

Arctic oil: it is madness to celebrate a new source of fossil fuels

As the first barrels head for Europe, we cannot afford – and do not need – new sources of harder to reach fossil fuels<p>After months of delays, Russian state-owned oil and gas company Gazprom has announced that the first ever shipment of oil from offshore Arctic waters has begun the journey to Europe.<p>…

Associated Press News

East Pacific Ocean Spawns Record Second Category 4 Hurricane Before July

The eastern Pacific Ocean is primed for powerful hurricanes this year, as proven during the past two weeks. First, Hurricane Amanda — the first storm …

Dark snow: from the Arctic to the Himalayas, the phenomenon that is accelerating glacier melting

Industrial dust and soil, blown thousands of miles, settle on ice sheets and add to rising sea level threat<p>When American geologist Ulyana Horodyskyj set up a mini weather station at 5,800m on Mount Himlung, on the Nepal-Tibet border, she looked east towards Everest and was shocked. The world's …

Wind Power Blows Away Coal and Gas in Nordic Countries

By Nerijus Adomaitis<p>OSLO (Reuters) - Wind power is blowing gas and coal-fired turbines out of business in the Nordic countries, and the effects will …

Renewable Energy

Green energy sector jobs surpass total oil sands employment

Canada's green energy sector has grown so quickly and has become such an important part of the economy that it now employs more people than the oil sands.<p>About $25-billion has been invested in Canada's clean-energy sector in the past five years, and employment is up 37 per cent, according to a new …

World Moves One Step Closer to Climate Treaty

Compromise reached in Lima among UN negotiators, with much work remaining.<p>It could have been a scene in a political thriller, the negotiators meeting into the early hours Sunday morning, going 48 hours without a break. Finally, they concluded the UN's 20th climate conference with a draft agreement …

Latif: USA and Europe must act first on climate | DW | 15.12.2014

<i>DW: We seem to be on the way to the warmest year since records began. Emissions are still on the rise. Does the outcome of the Lima conference</i> …

Climate Change

Volcano dykes: what scientists are watching out for

Study shows how huge magma-filled cracks propagate near volcanoes<p>Volcanoes are misleading. For obvious reasons, their large, spectacular eruptions soak up most of our attention. But it's important to remember that there's actually a lot going on below the surface. For instance, many volcano …

5 Key Takeaways From UN Climate Summit in Lima

World leaders make mixed progress toward new international climate agreement.<p>Can the world's nations come together around a climate agreement that staves off the worst effects of global warming?<p><b>That's been the question looming over the the UN climate summit in Lima, Peru, the last two weeks, as</b> …

Reuters - Water's edge: the crisis of rising sea levels

Part 1: A Reuters analysis finds that flooding is increasing along much of the nation’s coastline, forcing many communities into costly, controversial struggles with a relentless foe.<p>Part 2: Despite laws intended to curb development where rising seas pose the greatest threat, Reuters finds that …

Sea Level

Good news! There’s bad news for coal

Too often I’m writing depressing things, so now I’m going to turn my attention to some good news. It turns that while I was off hiatus-ing, ol’ King …

Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say.<p>That's because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example.<p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last …

Global Warming

Women of India Angry Over Botched Mass Sterilization

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India