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Simple steps to climate-proof farms have big potential upside for tropical farmers

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 12:00:19 EST ~ Climate-smart agriculture boosts yields, mitigates extreme weather impact and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. A new study points to profitable opportunities for farmers and the environment. Find out more...

Why Tehran is sinking dangerously

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 11:59:35 EST ~ Researchers have used data from radar satellites to measure the subsidence of the Earth's surface in the Tehran region in Iran. They found out that between 2003 and 2017 three areas sank there with rates of sometimes more than 25 centimeters per year, and several meters in total. For the first time, this study traces in detail the subsidence in this region over a longer period of time. Find out more...

Transforming our food system to ensure a sustainable future

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 11:47:29 EST ~ By 2050, the world will have almost 10 billion people. It will be impossible to feed everyone without exacerbating poverty, accelarting deforestation and increasing GHG emissions unless we start making substantial changes to our food system now. This issue is covered in a new report. Find out more...

Flint, Michigan lead crisis should have buried the city in water bottles. So, why didn't it?

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 09:38:09 EST ~ The Flint, Michigan lead crisis should have buried the city in waste. A case study investigates why not and proposes solutions for future water disasters. Find out more...

Human actions impact wild salmon's ability to evolve

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 14:39:00 EST ~ Once spring-run chinook salmon disappear, they are not likely to re-emerge, indicates genetic analysis of the revered wild fish. Prompt conservation action could preserve spring-run chinook, as well as their evolutionary potential. Find out more...

Colombia tropical forest fires spike after 2016 Peace Accords

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 09:03:31 EST ~ Fires that contribute to deforestation spiked six-fold in Colombia in the year after an historic 2016 peace agreement ended decades of conflict between FARC guerrilla and government forces, according to a new study. Find out more...

Scientists call for eight steps to increase soil carbon for climate action and food security

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 08:03:13 EST ~ Leading scientists call for action to increase global soil carbon, in advance of the annual climate summit of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) and World Soil Day. Find out more...

Why a curious crustacean could hold secret to making renewable energy from wood

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 08:03:10 EST ~ Scientists studying gribble -- a curious wood-eating crustacean -- have discovered how they are able to digest wood despite being the only known animal to have a sterile digestive system. The discovery may help to develop cheaper and more sustainable tools for converting wood into biofuel in the future. Find out more...

New approach to assess sustainability of reef fish

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 17:50:58 EST ~ A new study helping to improve how sustainability is measured for popular reef fish could help better assess the eco-friendly seafood options at the dinner table. Find out more...

Great strides for carbon capture using earth-abundant elements as photocatalytic system

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 11:16:37 EST ~ Researchers at Tokyo Tech have designed a carbon dioxide reduction method based only on commonly occurring elements. Achieving a 57 percent overall quantum yield of carbon dioxide reduction products, it is the highest performing system of its kind reported to date, raising prospects for cost-effective carbon capture solutions. Find out more...