Eruptions in 2011 seemed to herald the arrival of a new island in the Canary Islands archipelago. Whislt this could create dangerous and disruptive ash clouds, it reminds us that there are many undersea eruptions on active margins around the world and that these could develop into new land.
Wangari Maathai was a leading light in African conservation and social enterprise, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts. She was critical in showing people around the world how positive actions could change the environment and people.
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Recent reports suggest that half the children born in the UK today can expect to live to 100.
This will place different demands on our healthcare, social care and pension systems. But the full extent of the changes are unknown.
Will the UK remain a place where older people are valued or might they come to be viewed as a burden on society? Whatever the outcome, the socail fabric of the UK will change significantly in the coming decades as our population ages.
Cuckmere Haven is a well-loved beauty spot on the South coast of England.
The Cuckmere Estuary Partnership seeks a sustainable long-term future for the area.
The Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami (11th of March 2001) was one of the largest ever recorded and caused serious damage and loss of life in Japan.
You can see a quake map here.
The BBC have a good over view of events here
Wikipedia has a fact-filled page here
One of the most striking aspects of this incident was the way in which the Japanese people reacted. There was little in the way of looting and disorder, which can characterise the aftermath of disasters.
Natural rubber is commonly acquired from large plantations across Southeast Asia. This clip shows how it is done:
Climate change, whether anthropogenic (man made), natural or both can accelerate processes such as desertification, coastal erosion and flooding. Here are some pictoral examples of where this is happening around the world:
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