Emma McNeish

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Are we ready for the next volcanic catastrophe?

The largest eruption ever recorded, in Indonesia 200 years ago, wreaked havoc across the world, causing hunger, disease and death for years afterwards. When a volcanic event on that scale happens again – and it will – we should be prepared for serious disruption to our climate and food production<p>If …

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World's first lagoon power plants unveiled in UK

<b>Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons have been unveiled in the UK.</b><p>The six lagoons - four in Wales and one each in Somerset and Cumbria - will capture incoming and outgoing tides behind giant sea walls, and use the weight of the water to power turbines.<p>A £1bn …

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Ten things you should know about soil

Along with air to breath and water to drink, soil is one of our most important natural resources. Without it we would starve. However, due to poor …


Why a country's average height is a good way of measuring its development

Nations that are taller tend to be wealthier and in better health. Find out why else the OECD use it as an indicator of a country’s well-being<p>Humans were taller in almost every part of the world at the end of the 1980s than they were at the start of the 20th century.<p>We have found this out because a …

The global state of gender in 7 charts

This Sunday, International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women, while calling for greater gender equality. Ahead of several high-profile …