Health

The accumulation of carcinogenic arsenic in rice, the world’s main staple crop, represents a health threat to millions of people. For the first time, scientists have systematically investigated under which conditions,…

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Forestry

The ability of the world’s tropical forests to remove carbon from the atmosphere is decreasing, according to a study tracking 300,000 trees over 30 years.

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Coastal protection

More than a decade ago, academics warned that mangrove forests were being lost faster than almost any other ecosystem, including coral reefs and tropical rainforests. But things are looking better.

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Plant breeding

Recent research indicates that neglecting the “unruly” family members of cultivated vegetable crops imperils future food security and our resilience to climate change.

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Environment

How can food be made to keep longer without using plastic packaging? Scientists at the University of Bonn/Germany are making use of old packaging techniques based on plant leaves and optimising them by combining them…

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Climate change

New technologies are needed to combat climate change. Now bioinformatics specialists might have found a way of enabling plants to store more carbon dioxide.

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Environment

Disturbed natural ecosystems can recover, but after short interventions, the composition of species often sees a permanent change. This is the conclusion drawn by an international study headed by the University of…

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Land governance

A new study considers a smart design of land tenure for farmers in African countries to be a key factor in dealing with climate change in the region. Tenants should pay a fixed share of the harvest rather than a fixed…

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Climate change

Researchers from ETH Zurich and other universities have found evidence that expanding irrigation has dampened anthropogenic warming during hot days, with particularly strong effects over South Asia.

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Food security

Almost half of current food production is harmful to our planet – causing biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation and water stress. A study led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) now suggests a…

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