Using what you have

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The Democratic Republic of Congo is the richest country on the planet in terms of its natural resources – diamonds, gold, zinc,…

Mining for scraps

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Most of the things you’ve ever thrown away were not recycled, reused or even incinerated. They are still sitting somewhere in gigantic…

Making your escape

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The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000 people was one of the deadliest natural disasters ever recorded. So when Zhao…

Finding dry land

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Pack a lifeboat for your next trip to Thailand, and if you forget one, improvise. Rising sea temperatures may already have doubled the…

Learning to float

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By 2050, 20 percent of Bangladesh is predicted to disappear underwater.

Water will kill, especially in Bangladesh, where nearly 50…

Knowing what to eat

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In World War Two, starving Europeans ate cats in North Italy and tulip bulbs in the Netherlands, while in Hungary the grandfather of…

Cooking on an open fire

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You’re in the Niger Delta, one of the most fuel-rich areas in the world, with oil rigs every 10 kilometers pumping 2.15 million barrels a…

Keeping things cool

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Three-quarters of Himalayan glaciers are disappearing. As they go, so do the rivers of meltwater that half a billion people depend on…

Shooting at the sky

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Welcome to Bun Bang Fai, the festival where Laotians launch rockets at clouds to make them rain.

Laughing teenagers stop their mopeds…

Living off the sand

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Desertification threatens 38 percent of the world’s surface. Last year, fields in western France were baked into barren waves of clay;…