Switch to fish and veg to save water
Water-usage analysis points to the need to reform diet.
Switching from a meat-heavy diet to one full of vegetables and seafood will substantially reduce water consumption – ...
Cities drive natural selection
Evolutionary biologists refute that cities are “anti-life”.
The same evolutionary mechanisms identified 150 years ago by Charles Darwin are active within the world’s great citie...
Five nations take the lion’s share of the world’s fish
Data reveals that global fishing is deeply inequitable.
Just five nations — China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Spain — are responsible for 86% of the global fishing haul,...
Compostable plastics may not be better
Evidence of benefits of disposable plastics unclear.
As companies move to get rid of single-use plastic bags and bans on microbeads are coming into force, new biodegradab...
Lack of GM in wheat puts global crop at risk
A genetic fix is in reach, but the will to take action is lacking.
Genetic modification of wheat for disease resistance could help stabilise global food production if the will can be f...
Common agricultural plastic is biodegradable, study finds
Soil bacteria break down the polyester PBAT.
A kind of plastic called PBAT can biodegrade in soil, a new study has found. PBAT (or polybutylene adipate terephthal...
Can crab shells and trees replace plastics?
A biodegradable alternative to plastic food packaging.
An eco-friendly material made from crab shells and trees could replace plastic food packaging, according to US resear...
US wall would wreak environmental havoc
Call on the US government to abandon a proposed wall.
A continuous wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, as proposed repeatedly amid much controversy...
Scientists call for urgent action on insecticides
More than 200 researchers sign letter calling for ban.
Continued applications of the most widely used insecticides in the world must be urgently restricted, say 233 scienti...
A rancher dies, and butterflies lose the farm
An evolutionary trap is identified as the cause of local extinction.
Research in the journal Nature reveals that changing patterns of land use can tempt organisms into cruel and deadly e...
Cleaning product toxins found in crops
Peppers absorb antimicrobial found in personal care items.
It’s all a matter of language, in the end. Take toiletries: what the manufacturers might term “personal care products...
Think organic compost is clean? Think again
Study finds microplastic contamination in fertilisers.
Commercially prepared organic composts may contain significant quantities of microplastic particles and represent unk...