Fridtjof Nansen: The First Crossing of Greenland

Written by Jo Woolf, the RSGS Writer-in-Residence and author of The Great Horizon. “When I first put forth my plan to cross Greenland most people said I was either mad or tired of my life.” (SGM, 1889) On the evening of 17th July 1888, about nine miles from the mouth of the Sermilik fjord on […]

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Frank Kingdon Ward in the Garden of Asia

Written by Jo Woolf, Our RSGS Writer-in-Residence. “We climbed great precipices in search of plants, the nicest of which always select the most abominable situations, and one day in a mist I was pursued by a bull yak, and on another occasion in the forest I found myself face to face with a black bear. […]

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Plastic-Free Food Shopping: Easy as Pie?

Bryony Shepherd is an Msc Journalism student at Robert Gordon University with a keen interest in environmental and food issues. With experience in the hotel and restaurant trade, she hopes to pursue a career as a food writer.  Public awareness surrounding plastic waste has sky-rocketed this year. It began with the visualisation of plastic pollution in […]

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Gold Standard in Scottish Education?

Written by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.  According to a report featured in The Telegraph in May, authored by Professor Jim Scott, the majority of Scottish schools are studying six or seven subjects at Nat5, rather than the eight which he describes as the ‘gold standard’. Many parents, teachers and […]

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Manu’s New Road: Development or Destruction?

Eilidh Munro is a filmmaker and photographer who has worked extensively in the Amazon Rainforest. Her next filming expedition, starting in November, will see her travel to south-eastern Peru to produce a documentary about an illegal new road being built in the Amazon.  A road is being built illegally through the Manu Biosphere Reserve: a […]

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Sustainable Economic Sufficiency: When is Enough Enough?

Written by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.  In my office I have a quote on the wall by Lao Tzu: “he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough”. I was moved to reconsider it after reading several newspaper articles about the need for more and more. In […]

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Digital Mapping: Right HERE, Right Now

HERE Technologies are supporters of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, and are helping fund our latest charitable appeal, A Horrible Geography of Scotland. HERE are keen for members to get involved in their community mapping project discussed below. The great advantage of a digital map is that it can be updated regularly to reflect the constant […]

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La Haute Route: A Journey of Ups & Downs

Written by Hazel and Luke Robertson, our fantastic Explorers-in-Residence. High above the bustling valleys and roads, and the packed, groomed ski slopes of the European Alps, there is a more tranquil, albeit challenging way of getting around. Between the two most recognisable summits in Europe, Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn, a ski-touring route exists, connecting […]

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Horrible Geography of Scotland

The inspiration to study Geography can come from almost anywhere, and it’s never too early to provide that spark. Children’s books such as the popular Horrible Geography series play a vital role. And that’s why we’ve decided to  produce a Horrible Geography of Scotland. But we need your support…!

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Isabella Bird: Playing with Hawaiian Fire

Written by RSGS Writer-in-Residence, Jo Woolf, author of The Great Horizon. “With the recent eruption of Kilauea in Hawaii, we take a look back at a visit to the volcano by Isabella Bird, 145 years ago…” “The words of common speech are quite useless. It is unimaginable, indescribable, a sight to remember for ever…” On 31st […]

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