Geographical – April 2023
English | 86 pages | pdf | 28.75 MB
The war in Ukraine rumbles on. The news bulletins, both here and in Ukraine, reveal the ghastly nature of modern trench combat, the sudden destruction of missile impacts, the remote but strangely personal killings by drones and many other horrors. The geopolitics are analysed. The military strategies are picked over. The future is predicted.
But what about the everyday lives of those living through this torment? Nick Redmayne travelled from Kyiv to Odesa and across to Kherson to discover
what it’s like to live in a country fighting off a Russian invasion. He talked to people about how they’re coping and what they feel and fear after a year of war. He confirms that humans are remarkably adaptable and that, even through war, the prosaic realities of humdrum existence continue. Read his dispatch on Page 20. The people of the Philippines, regularly battered by tropical storms exacerbated by our biggest existential threat – global warming – offer another example of human resilience. As our report on Page 48 discusses, it’s all too easy for cynical politicians and government officials to abuse that strength and use it as an excuse to do little and leave the victims to fend for themselves. On Page 34, we look at attempts to manage the growing conflict between wild elephants and locals desperate to protect their homes and crops. By way of contrast, Mark Rowe looks at a problem nearer home. Salmon farming in Scotland is booming and is now the UK’s biggest food export, but the economic benefits come at some cost, as we discover on Page 40 magazine.