India′s ambitious palm oil push triggers biodiversity fears

India wants to reduce its dependence on other countries for palm oil. But environmentalists are concerned the country's new palm oil goals could threaten wildlife and swaths of forests, as well as tribal land rights.
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James Rebanks: There are no winners in American farming

In an excerpt from his new book, the British farmer explores what he calls "the devastation industrialized agriculture has wrought on our landscapes and foodscapes," and argues that "the global challenge of how we live sustainably on this planet is really a local challenge."

Learning to love G.M.O.s

Overblown fears have turned the public against genetically modified food. But the potential benefits have never been greater.

The world’s wetlands are slipping away. This vibrant wildlife sanctuary underscores the stakes

It’s been 50 years since an international treaty to protect wetlands was created but, around the world, wetlands are still disappearing three times faster than forests.

Scientists address myths over large-scale tree planting

Scientists propose 10 golden rules for restoring forests to maximise benefits for the planet.

The dark side of Italian hazelnut farming

As Italian hazelnut plantations expand to cater to our love of chocolate and nougat, they are leaving a bitter aftertaste on local soil, water and air.

'American Heartland' provides a window on farm country

Marie Mutsuki Mockett traveled with a team of wheat harvesters from Texas to the Dakotas, catching a rare glimpse of modern farm life and gaining valuable insight into the urban-rural divide.

Pennsylvania initiative to convert 10,000 acres of lawns into meadows, forests

Well-shorn lawns are still the norm on the grounds of parks, schools, churches, hospitals, business parks and neighborhoods.


Modesto CA-ed Almond Board answers critics of bee conditions

1.8 million colonies of bees are used by California almond growers.

Grooming forests could be making fires worse, researchers warn

Using glyphosate is a common forest management practice, but research indicates the practice may be making forests more vulnerable to wildfire.


The seeds that sleep beneath your front lawn

Two artists are on a mission to replace the monoculture of the turf lawn with “leafy green goodness” from seeds that lie dormant in the soil.

Scientists are racing to reengineer the banana before they die

A deadly fungus is spreading through banana plantations, and the cloned bananas we eat are defenseless. In labs around the world, scientists are trying to find ways to genetically alter the fruit to make it resistant.

Is our love of bamboo sustainable?

Bamboo's seemingly endless list of uses hides the fact that huge monoculture plantations are hurting the environment.

An Indonesian forest community grapples with the arrival of the outside world

Globally recognized for its outstanding biodiversity and unique cultural heritage, the Mentawai Archipelago's Siberut Island is under increasing pressure.


Minnesota will pay residents to grow bee-friendly lawns

Leaving lawns untreated and allowing flowering plants to grow can help support the endangered rusty patched bumblebee.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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