Andrew Ballantine

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Combating Lionfish? Try Eating Them!

Changing Planet<p>Lionfish are beautiful. Their bodies are covered in stripes, and they have long, delicate fins that are nearly translucent in places. Native to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, they have unfortunately become not only a nuisance, but a major problem affecting reef health across …

Biking the Slow Road from China to Laos – Part 5/5

<i>With additional writing by Will Stauffer-Norris</i><p>In five or ten years, we will come back to this place and zip from Kunming to Luang Prabang in mere hours on the new train. Maybe we will take a houseboat out for a spin on one of the Nam Ou dam reservoirs, or a zip line from peak to peak. We will be …

Climate Change Implicated in a Specific Extreme Weather Event

Changing Planet<p>Scientists have warned that even a few degrees rise in global temperatures can lead to increasingly severe storms. Now an international team of climate scientists has linked man-made climate change to historic flooding that hit the south of England in the winter of 2013–2014. It’s …

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Inside Beijing's airpocalypse – a city made 'almost uninhabitable' by pollution

The 21 million inhabitants of China’s capital appear to be engaged in a city-wide rehearsal for life on an inhospitable planet. Only it’s not a rehearsal: the poisonous atmosphere is already here<p>The scene could be straight from a science-fiction film: a vision of everyday life, but with one jarring …

London's Proposed New Pedestrian-Cyclist Bridge Is Shockingly Sensible

The price is reasonable, the design is practical, and the link is one the city genuinely needs.<p>When a proposal for a new bridge across the Thames was launched in London this week, many were taken aback. The bridge would span the river not in Central London but in the city’s Eastern Docklands and be …

I Heart My City: Takafumi’s Kyoto

<b>Takafumi Kawakami</b> spent a brief amount of time in Texas and Arizona before boomeranging back to his native <b>Kyoto</b> determined to follow his family’s tradition of becoming a Zen buddhist. Nowadays, he runs the Zen meditation program at the Shunkoin Temple and serves as a fellow through the United …

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For Endangered Galápagos Penguins, Climate Change May Come With Benefits

The Galápagos penguin—the only penguin native to the northern hemisphere—may be one of the few species experiencing benefits from climate …

8 Under-the-Radar European Islands

Europe presents many reasons to hop off the storied continent. Here are eight little-known havens to soak up seascapes, fishing villages, and local lore.<p>> Pico (Azores/Portugal)<p>The Azores are quietly luring adventurers for hiking, climbing, and biking. Those in the know beeline to Pico, the chain’s …

Diving into the world of the dead

<b>Twice a month two Japanese men put on scuba gear and go diving. One is looking for his wife, the other for his daughter, both of whom were swept away by the devastating tsunami that struck Japan four years ago. They know they are no longer alive, but the hope of finding something - anything - gives</b> …

North America

Electricity blackouts risk up, says National Grid

<b>The risk of blackouts this winter has increased compared with a year ago, according to National Grid.</b><p>It says the closure of some power stations will have left spare capacity on the system at just 1.2% - the worst for a decade.<p>The grid has secured extra supplies by paying £36m to have several plants …

Energy

Travels on the Run: Marseille

I admit, back in the days when <b>Marseille</b> exuded grittiness and underworld debauchery, I did not go there. Why bother?<p>But now I stand at the edge of Marseille’s U-shaped Vieux-Port, beneath Norman Foster’s dazzling Ombrière, and I take in the magnificence of a true renaissance city. Indeed, thanks to …

Record-breaking 59.5 million people displaced globally last year

A world at war is forcing people from their homes at the highest rate ever recorded, according to a new study from U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, …

Just Back: Maui

National Geographic’s <b>Andy Coleman</b> (on Instagram <b>@awc007</b>) and his wife have a tradition of traveling to Maui once a year. “It’s the one vacation destination where we don’t have anything planned, except for a place to stay,” he says. “We wake up each morning in a tropical paradise and let the day play …

Medici Prince Appeals for Help: “Save Florence!”

Human Journey<p>THE PLACES WE LOVE VIII<p>Prince Ottaviano de’Medici di Toscana, President of the International Medici Association and present-day representative of the Historic House of the Medici—the family who powered the Italian Renaissance and thus much of Western civilization—lives in the splendid, …

Travel

Lizzie Velasquez: 'Online bullies called me the world's ugliest woman'

<b>A woman who was bullied for the way she looks is the focus of a new film that premieres at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on Saturday.</b><p>What started as a search for music online - purely homework procrastination - would change Lizzie Velasquez's life.<p>She was 17 when she stumbled …

Empathy

Cyclone Pam: 'Even my hotel is shaking'

A category five tropical storm is affecting the island of Vanuatu.<p>Cyclone Pam has already hit Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands, causing significant damage.<p>Alice Clements from Unicef is in Port Vila on Vanuatu - and told the BBC that the island is on red alert.

Natural Disasters

Why fresh water shortages will cause the next great global crisis

Water is the driving force of all nature, Leonardo da Vinci claimed. Unfortunately for our planet, supplies are now running dry – at an alarming rate. The world’s population continues to soar but that rise in numbers has not been matched by an accompanying increase in supplies of fresh water.<p>The …

Water

Global flood toll to triple by 2030

<b>The number of people affected by river flooding worldwide could nearly triple in the next 15 years, analysis shows.</b><p>Climate change and population growth are driving the increase, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI).<p>In the UK, about 76,000 people a year could be at risk of being affected …

Geography

Firefighters battle blaze on Cape Town mountains

Firefighters are battling wildfires on the mountains around Cape Town.<p>The fire started on Sunday and was fanned by strong winds, causing it to spread rapidly.<p>Officials say thousands of hectares of vegetation have been destroyed and at least 50 people treated for smoke inhalation<p>Milton Nkosi reports.

Forests

UK ministers issue spaceport shortlist

<b>The UK government has issued a shortlist of aerodromes that could host a UK spaceport.</b><p>The list reduces the number of runways first suggested as candidates when last year's consultation got under way.<p>Still in are Campbeltown, Glasgow Prestwick, and Stornoway in Scotland; Newquay in England and …

United Kingdom

Chile volcano Villarrica eruption spews ash and lava

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1149000/1149432_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522620291_b26c8f76d6207f32ee96da3d22a0bc65<p><b>The Villarrica volcano in southern Chile erupted in the early hours of Tuesday morning, spewing ash and lava up to 1,000m (3,300ft) into the air.</b><p>More …

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