Fish farming pollution revealed in world-first study by Scotland's Rural College

Fish farming is just as polluting as the sheep industry, according to world's-first research from Scotland's Rural College.

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Climate change could put tropical plant germination at risk: Study

By 2070, rising soil temperatures could cause germination failure in 20% of tropical plants, and reduced rates in more than 50%, with the potential to disrupt and alter tropical ecosystems.

Plagues of locusts could be eradicated after swarming pheromone discovered

A pheromone that could be used to stop locusts from swarming has been discovered by scientists, potentially helping save millions of people from risk of food shortages.


Could fish kill in Biscayne Bay be a sign of worsening pollution?

When the Dolphins and Rainbows swim club headed out Monday morning for their regular swim in Biscayne Bay, they encountered a grisly sight: hundreds of dead fish in the Tuttle Basin.


Fish survey shows improved condition of Clinton River watershed

A doubling of the number of fish and the type of fish caught during a state study of the Clinton River's Middle Branch compared to a similar survey 19 years ago demonstrates improved health of the waterway, officials say.


Bees slower, sicker and living shorter lives because of air pollution, study suggests

Breathing toxic fumes due to exposure to heavily polluted air is one of the key contributors to early death all around the world, exacerbating risks posed by lung and heart conditions.


Gene manipulation using algae could grow more crops with less water

Tobacco plants have been modified with a protein found in algae to improve their photosynthesis and increase growth, while using less water, in a new advance that could point the way to higher-yielding crops in a drought-afflicted future.

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The global coffee crisis is coming

Coffee is becoming harder to grow. It's a notoriously picky plant that requires very specific conditions to grow. And as climate change warms the planet, the places that can sustain the plant are shrinking.


Drier than the Sahara: heatwave fans fire risk for French farmers

Crop and forest fires are a ritual of summer in France, but a warming climate has meant the risk has increased and the danger zone has expanded from southern France to the north, scientists say.


Composting has been scrapped. These New Yorkers picked up the slack

People like Vivian Lin, who quit her job at an architecture firm to start a composting business, have helped fill the void after the city suspended curbside organic waste collection.

In West Africa, climate change and extremism have created a crisis that will impact us all

Mass migration, human-trafficking, drought, famine and terrorism have combined to make the Sahel one of the most dangerous regions of the world right now.


Smog threatens food production

When it's high in the atmosphere, ozone can protect us from the sun. But ground-level ozone, commonly referred to as smog, is harmful. This pollutant also affects agriculture - how big of a problem is it?


Toxic chemicals may be in fast food wrappers and take-out containers, report says

What's the first thing you should worry about when you look at the packaging on your fast food or takeout?


Seabird poop is worth millions, say scientists trying to save the birds

New research has revealed that the waste produced by seabirds - that's right, the poop of seagulls, pelicans, and penguins - could be worth nearly half a billion dollars annually.


At the intersection of climate change and environmental and reproductive justice

"Reproductive justice is the right to reproductive health care, and the right to have children or not, the right to the healthiest possible pregnancy and birth, and the right to raise children in a safe and healthy environment. These rights will be challenged by climate change, including increasing temperatures."

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Veeps and the environment

On the environment, Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris are worlds apart. But don't expect it to be front and center in the campaigning.

Organic diets quickly reduce the amount of glyphosate in people’s bodies

A new study found levels of the widespread herbicide and its breakdown products reduced, on average, more than 70 percent in both adults and children after just six days of eating organic.

Stranded whales and dolphins offer a snapshot of ocean contamination

"Many of the chemical profiles that we see in cetaceans are similar to the types of chemical profiles that we see in humans who live in those coastal areas."

Cutting forests and disturbing natural habitats increases our risk of wildlife diseases

A new study found that animals known to carry harmful diseases such as the novel coronavirus are more common in landscapes intensively used by people.

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