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News Round Up November 2015

A selection of geographical stories that have made the headlines this month


  1. China ends one-child policy after 35 years

  2. China has scrapped its one-child policy, in ‘response to an ageing population’ and amid concerns over economy. Couples may now have two children for the first time since draconian family planning rules were introduced more than three decades ago.

  3. Melting ice in west Antartica could raise seas by three metres, warns study

  4. A key area of ice in west Antarctica may already be unstable enough to cause global sea levels to rise by three metres of ocean. Nasa research finds ice in the region has gone into ‘irreversible retreat’ and claims effect is ‘unstoppable'.

  5. New UK passport design features just two women

  6. The government has been accused of sexism over the new UK passport, which is designed to celebrate arts and culture in the UK over 500 years and acknowledges just two women in its 34 pages.

  7. Mud from Brazil mine disaster raises health risks, 25 still missing

  8. A river of mud from burst dams at a Brazilian iron ore mine forced populous cities more than 300 km (200 miles) downstream to cut off drinking water on Monday, raising health and environmental concerns as slow-moving search efforts continued.

  9. Gender pay gap 'may take 118 years to close', according to the World Economic Forum

  10. The World Economic Forum believes it will take another 118 years - or until 2133 - until the global pay gap between men and women is finally closed.
  11. Stark Images of Shackleton's struggle

  12. A century ago a ship sank beneath the ice of the Weddell Sea. Now, newly digitised images capturing the last days of Endurance, and the crew's subsequent struggle to stay alive, are on show at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London.
  13. The Mekong river: stories from the heart of the climate crisis

  14. The fate of 70 million people rests on what happens to the Mekong river. With world leaders meeting in Paris next week for crucial UN climate talks, John Vidal journeys down south-east Asia’s vast waterway - a place that encapsulates some of the dilemmas they must solve. He meets people struggling to deal with the impacts of climate change as well as the ecological havoc created by giant dams, deforestation, coastal erosion and fast-growing cities