New report calls for ‘urgent action’ over mercury poisoning of Grassy Narrows youth, mothers Zainab Mughal: Toddler with cancer spurs hunt for rare blood Plant genetic resources ensure ag’s future Greenland ice sheet melt ‘off the charts’ compared with past four centuries Scientists call for eight steps to increase soil carbon for climate action and food security Can rice filter water from ag fields? E-waste Republic Soil tilling, mulching key to China’s potato crop Looking to the Long Road Ahead From AI to Drones, Smart Technology is Firing Up Wildlife Conservation Globally
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Soil tilling, mulching key to China’s potato crop

When you think of China, do you think of potatoes? Maybe not, but in the Loess Plateau region of northwestern China, potato is the main food crop.  Even though it is such an important crop there, potato yields are lower than they could be. The area has a dry climate with uneven precipitation. Droughts are […]

Half of dead baby turtles found by Australian scientists have stomachs full of plastic

Baby sea turtles are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of plastic pollution, according to a new study which found around half of the recently hatched reptiles had stomachs full of plastic. In recent years, scientists have realised that animals ranging from plankton to whales are regularly consuming plastic, since around 10 million tons of […]

‘The most intellectual creature to ever walk Earth is destroying its only home’

During my years studying chimpanzees in Gombe national park in Tanzania I experienced the magic of the rainforest. I learned how all life is interconnected, how each species, no matter how insignificant it may seem, has a role to play in the rich tapestry of life – known today as biodiversity. Even the loss of […]

Scientist unveils blueprint to save bees and enrich farmers

The collapse in bee populations can be reversed if countries adopt a new farmer-friendly strategy, the architect of a new masterplan for pollinators will tell the UN biodiversity conference this week. Stefanie Christmann of the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas will present the results of a new study that shows substantial gains […]

Severity of toxic red tide tests Florida’s resources for rescued manatees

At the peak of Florida’s red tide crisis this summer, Jon Peterson had to dig deep into Sea World’s storage warehouses to find enough portable pools to accommodate the dozens of sick manatees arriving at a rate of two or three a week. The Orlando theme park’s manager for animal rescues even found himself forking […]

The relationship of indigenous peoples and local communities with wetlands

Today, there are an estimated 370 million indigenous peoples across the world. Although they represent a relatively small portion of the global population, they account for the largest portion of linguistic and cultural diversity on Earth. The lands and waters traditionally occupied or used by indigenous peoples are also estimated to contain the majority of […]

Spain sets out plan for 100% renewable electricity by 2050

Spain has set out plans to switch entirely to renewable electricity by 2050, with goals that go further than current European Union plans. Under the new strategy, greenhouse gas emissions from Spain would be cut by 90 per cent compared to 1990 levels by the middle of the century. The nation intends to invest massively in wind […]

Renewable energy to enhance food security across world

Abu Dhabi: Adoption of renewable energy will help ensure food security across the globe, apart from fighting the climate change, a top official of the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) said here on Tuesday. “Many developing countries lose 30 to 40 per cent of agricultural harvest due to lack of storage and processing […]

Western lifestyle may cause blood pressure to rise with age

A western lifestyle might be the reason blood pressure tends to rise with age, according to a study of remote tribal communities. Hypertension is a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and in many developed countries, including the UK, the likelihood of developing increases with age. More than a quarter of adults in England have […]

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 […]

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