The Last Voices of World War II

From soldiers to intelligence officers on all sides, hear the testimony of those on all sides who were there.
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Where our water goes

Water, water everywhere?
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Water, water everywhere?

Could a famously rainy country like the UK really run low on water? Through a combination of climate change and population growth—it might.
Making the most of our wet weather (while we can)
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Making the most of our wet weather (while we can)

With predictions that we could face national water shortages within 25 years, what can we do to stop the UK from running out of water? 
United Kingdom Water Crisis
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United Kingdom Water Crisis

Notorious for being a particularly rainy nation, the UK has no need to worry about its water supply. But is that actually the case?

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National Geographic Magazine
August 2020
How Pandemics Change Us
by Richard Coniff
New York City's streets stand deserted under lockdown, April 2020. The Empire State Building is lit red and white to honour the sacrifice of doctors and nurses. Will we remember the lessons we have learned after the danger has passed?
Photograph by Stephen Wilkes

The rise of the coronavirus in 2020 has quickly created a frightening new world. Or, rather, a return to the old world of our disease-plagued ancestors. What can we learn from the pandemics of the past?

For as long as history records, societies have been ravaged by disease. Smallpox, bubonic plague, cholera, Ebola. Some science has banished; some are with us still. All offer lessons for how we can deal with COVID-19 – a modern pandemic unlike any other, yet in many ways no different.   

This special edition of National Geographic examines what we've learned from history's deadliest outbreaks.

A history of pandemics From shadowy tropical maladies to the Black Death – a journey through disease, from 541AD to 2020.

Virtual life in quarantine many lived near-virtual lives pre-COVID-19 – but lockdown caused something else to be lost  

Metropolis under lockdown as the world stayed home, surreal aerial views capture New York's empty streets

Also in the August 2020 edition of National Geographic:

Suffrage | Reimagining the dodo | India's water | Chimps and humans clash 

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Cave escape | Uganda Chimps | Suffrage | Plague | Ebola | Quarantine 
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World-renowned travellers reveal the journeys that made the biggest impact on their lives

A host of household names reveal how travel has shaped their lives. From encounters with locals to gruelling expeditions, some destinations have the ability to transform us. Join us as we celebrate power of place.

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In Courmayeur, in the shadow of Mont Blanc, family meals are hearty affairs, involving plenty of cheese and suitably mountainous portions of carbonara and focaccia. Pull up a chair — dinner is served.

A journey through Lewis and Harris, the wild heart of Scotland's Outer Hebrides

The island of Lewis and Harris is home to an unfathomable number of shades of blue, from the sea to the sky. Perhaps that’s what calls so many natives back to the Scottish isles. And why the world wants to get its hands on their famous tweed.

How to spend a weekend in the Brecon Beacons

Take it slow through South Wales and discover endless trails over moor and mountain, coaching inns creaking with history, ghostly goings-on and moody landscapes to make the heart sing.

Meet the adventurer: Jessica Nabongo on the lessons learnt from visiting 195 countries

In October 2019, travel entrepreneur and photographer Jessica Nabongo became the first documented black woman to visit all 195 UN member states, travelling to 89 countries solo. She talked to us about extreme destinations and new adventures.

Six new novels to transport you overseas this summer

From Sri Lanka to Chile, Havana and Paris, journey around the world with fictional tales that conjure a crackling sense of place.

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