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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Fisheries

A new report estimates that the ocean could provide six times more food than it does today – including more than two-thirds of the protein needed to feed the future world population – provided it is sustainably managed.

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Nutrition

A new study by the German University of Göttingen shows that food from supermarkets in Kenya contributes to a reduction of child undernutrition and does not cause child obesity.

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Plant protection

A single volatile substance can be sufficient to induce a defence response in sweet potatoes to herbivores. Researchers have identified this substance and shown that the mechanism is not only limited to the attacked…

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Soils

ETH Zurich researchers of the Swiss ETH Zurich are re-examining the causes of soil erosion around the world – and have found that countries themselves have a surprisingly strong influence on their soil. This country…

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Forestry

Forest restoration bears a considerable carbon storage potential and can support efforts to mitigate climate change. However, its role should not be overestimated, and neither should the costs involved in forest…

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Climate change

With the timely achievement of the Paris climate targets becoming more and more uncertain, there have been calls for stepping up the development of climate engineering to complement mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.…

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Forestry

If developing countries reduce the deforestation and degradation of their natural forests, they should be rewarded financially by the United Nations REDD+ programme. But high costs are jeopardising the success of REDD+.…

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Forestry

The expansion of commercial agriculture in Brazil has detrimental effects on natural ecosystems. Our authors have examined how the Brazilian land market responds to transport infrastructure investments and shifts in the…

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