Biodiversity

Human impacts on biodiversity are increasingly being viewed as a possible cause of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The topic was addressed as part of a series of live interviews with experts on linkages between COVID-19…

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Climate change

World-wide rice cultivation harms the climate since the rice fields discharge considerable amounts of methane. A Danish-German research collaboration may have found a solution to the large climate impact from the world's…

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Water

In mountain regions, snow accumulates in the winters and melts in spring. Due to global warming, timing and the amount of melting water changes, which may have profound effects on irrigation in river basins and on water…

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Biodiversity

Many countries benefit from ecosystem services provided outside their frontiers. However, we hardly know how and where such ecosystem service flows occur. A new study evaluates and quantifies different ecosystem service…

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Health

This year, everyone on the planet was plunged into a brave new world, as the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe in a matter of weeks. An ally in the battle to contain this and future epidemics could come, not from…

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Fisheries

A new and easy-to-handle technology allows for genomic sequencing of fish diseases in fish farms. Scientists headed by the international research centre WorldFish have developed this novel technique which enables tracing…

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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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