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The rate of suicide in India is highest in areas with the most debt-ridden farmers growing cash crops on smallholdings, according to a new study
A team of researchers at Imperial College London launches a detailed atlas of fine-scale environment and health maps for England and Wales

Lava mystery solved

New study by researchers from Michigan State University solves long-standing mystery about the source of massive lava flows in Africa
An international team of scientists has discovered an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland Ice Sheet
New study demonstrates a significant difference in exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) outdoor air pollution between white and non-white people in the USA
Significant changes are taking place in the patterns of extreme wet and dry events in central India, increasing the risk of drought and flood in one of the world’s most densely populated regions
Increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause soil microbes to produce more of the gas, accelerating climate change
Puerto Rico’s national animal, the coqui frog, has undergone a series of small but significant changes due to the warming of the territory’s climate over the past three decades
New analysis of temperature records dating back to 1500 all but rules out possibility that global warming during the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the Earth’s climate

Hilary Bradt

Hilary Bradt is the co-founder of Bradt, which now has about 200 travel guides in print, specialising in off-beat destinations. It's now forty years since her first book was published

Hotspot – New Zealand

With the national flag under the spotlight in New Zealand, Klaus Dodds unfurls the debate surrounding one nation’s search for a unifying, collective identity

Great crested dancers

Hunted almost to extinction in the UK during the 19th century, the great crested grebe has undergone a remarkable recovery – good news for photographers hoping to capture its ‘weed dance’
Residents on the slopes of Indonesia’s volatile Mount Merapi are employing an innovative, high-tech approach to disaster prevention and relief

Diamonds are forever

Will Millard, the winner of the 2013 Journey of a Lifetime award, recalls an uncomfortable episode during his attempt to packraft down the Moro River to mark the foundation of a new peace park in Sierra Leone and Liberia
Cho Oyu is considered to be one of the easier 8,000-metre peaks. But when Tori James joined an expedition to climb this Himalayan giant, she found the challenges were unrelenting

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