Single-use plastics ban approved by European Parliament Increasing soil health and productivity of rice crops Study: Replanting Trees After Wildfires May Not Be Necessary Unique immunity genes in one widespread coral species Amazon forests failing to keep up with climate change Rainforest destruction from gold mining hits all-time high in Peru Indonesian farmers earn more thanks to rice breeding Stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction, warns UN Bill Gates Unveils Toilet That Transforms Waste Into Fertilizer, Doesn’t Require Water or Sewers Flood-tolerant rice saves farmers livelihoods
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Single-use plastics ban approved by European Parliament

The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans. MEPs backed a ban on plastic cutlery and plates, cotton buds, straws, drink-stirrers and balloon sticks. The proposal also calls for a reduction in single-use plastic for food […]

Increasing soil health and productivity of rice crops

A healthy soil ecosystem is needed for sustainable rice production. However, rice is very different from other crops because it is often grown in flooded fields where the soil is saturated for long periods of time. What is unique with this system, as compared with other cropping systems without soil flooding, is the maintenance of […]

Study: Replanting Trees After Wildfires May Not Be Necessary

After wildfire season ends each year, land managers start planning what comes next for the areas that burned.  Often, the strategy used to ensure the forests return is to salvage log and then replant. But a recent study suggests that in some areas, it might be just as effective to leave the forest alone. “If the burned […]

Unique immunity genes in one widespread coral species

A new study led by researchers at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found that a common coral species might have evolved unique immune strategies to cope with environmental change. Roughly 30 percent of the cauliflower coral's (Pocillopora damicornis) genome was unique compared to several other reef-building corals. In […]

Amazon forests failing to keep up with climate change

A team of more than 100 scientists has assessed the impact of global warming on thousands of tree species across the Amazon to discover the winners and losers from 30 years of climate change. Their analysis found the effects of climate change are altering the rainforest's composition of tree species but not quickly enough to […]

Rainforest destruction from gold mining hits all-time high in Peru

Small-scale gold mining has destroyed more than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon in the past five years, according to a new analysis by scientists at Wake Forest University's Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA).That's an area larger than San Francisco and 30 percent more than previously reported. "The scale of the […]

Indonesian farmers earn more thanks to rice breeding

An  Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) study looked at the impact and value of rice breeding work of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) between 1985 and 2009 in three key rice-growing countries: Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. For More: http://irri.org/our-impact/reducing-poverty/indonesian-farmers-earn-more-thanks-to-rice-breeding

Stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction, warns UN

The world has two years to secure a deal for nature to halt a ‘silent killer’ as dangerous as climate change, says biodiversity chief The world must thrash out a new deal for nature in the next two years or humanity could be the first species to document our own extinction, warns the United Nation’s […]

Bill Gates Unveils Toilet That Transforms Waste Into Fertilizer, Doesn’t Require Water or Sewers

For Bill Gates, toilets are serious business. The billionaire philanthropist kicked off the Reinvented Toilet Expo in China and unveiled a new toilet that does not require water or sewers, and uses chemicals to turn human waste into fertilizer, Reuters reported. "We are all here for one reason: because more than half the world's population […]

Flood-tolerant rice saves farmers livelihoods

  Rice dies within days of complete submergence, resulting in total crop loss. These losses affect rice farmers in rainfed and flood-affected areas where alternative livelihoods are limited. Therefore, the incidences and severity of poverty in these areas are high.   For More:http://irri.org/our-impact/increase-food-security/flood-tolerant-rice-saves-farmers-livelihoods

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