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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Melatonin and root causes of poor sleep

LED screens and lighting are behind the increasing use of melatonin to combat sleeplessness, according to Dr John Lincoln and Eleanor Levin. Dr Sally Cheseldine suggests a milky drink might help We were shocked by the revelation that over 117,000 people under 18 were given “off label” melatonin prescriptions in 2017-18 (Fears over rise in […]

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 […]

Wind turbines acting as ‘apex predators’ by driving down bird numbers, study finds

Wind turbines can act as top predators in ecosystems by driving down populations of birds and triggering knock-on effects across food chains, according to a new study. Scientists found that predatory raptor birds were four times rarer in parts of an Indian mountain range covered in wind turbines, suggesting they were avoiding the structures. The same […]

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 he 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 […]

6 ways ordinary people can prevent climate change, according to researchers and advocates

In October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a leading international body on climate change researchers, released an alarming report. The study found that countries around the world have just 12 years to reduce global warming before it reaches catastrophic levels.Now that we know time may be running out, the question is: What can we do […]

Breeding better Brazilian rice

Outside Asia, no country produces as much rice as does Brazil. It is the ninth largest rice producer in the world. Average annual yields are close to 15 million tons.Rice production in Brazil is a multi-billion dollar industry. It employs hundreds of thousands of people, directly and indirectly.Given the importance of rice farming in Brazil, […]

Ozone layer finally healing after damage caused by aerosols, UN says

Upper layer above northern hemisphere should be completely repaired in 2030s The ozone layer is showing signs of continuing recovery from man-made damage and is likely to heal fully by 2060, new evidence shows. The measures taken to repair the damage will also have an important beneficial effect on climate change, as some of the […]

Fertilizers’ impact on soil health compared

  In a newly published study, researchers dug into how fertilizing with manure affects soil quality, compared with inorganic fertilizer. Ekrem Ozlu of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his team studied two fields in South Dakota. From 2003 to 2015, the research team applied either manure or inorganic fertilizer to field plots growing corn and soybeans. […]

Biodiversity loss at Chalan Beel

Two poachers hold a pole with a heron perched on each. The birds, which are tied to the poles, are used to lure in other birds, such as the Indian Pond Heron, who are then illegally hunted by the man. The picture was taken from Chalan Beel in Rajshahi.

What is climate change?

What is climate change? The planet's climate has constantly been changing over geological time. The global average temperature today is about 15C, though geological evidence suggests it has been much higher and lower in the past. However, the current period of warming is occurring more rapidly than many past events. Scientists are concerned that the […]

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