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  • Where does our food come from? Here's why we need to know
    [released on: 23/01/2019]
    Despite the central role that food plays for humanity, we as consumers tend to know very little about it: where did it come from? Who produced it? How was it made? What were the environmental and social costs of supplying it? These are questions that few of us can answer.
  • Climate Change Is a Public Health Emergency
    [released on: 23/01/2019]
    Ever since human-caused climate change emerged into public consciousness around the late 1980s, news stories and public awareness campaigns surrounding the topic have predominantly been accompanied by images of polar bears and melting ice, reinforcing common misconceptions that the impacts are far away in space and time and removed from our daily lives.
  • Ancient climate change triggered warming that lasted thousands of years
    [released on: 23/01/2019]
    A rapid rise in temperature on ancient Earth triggered a climate response that may have prolonged the warming for many thousands of years, according to scientists.
  • 'It's something very precious': painting oceans to showcase climate change
    [released on: 23/01/2019]
    When the American artist Danielle Eubank visited the Indian Ocean in Mozambique, she was taken back by the garbage. "There's pollution everywhere, in the water, on the beach, baby strollers and plastic mats, plastic bags, plastic bottles," she said. "They're everywhere."
  • What do trees do when we are not looking?
    [released on: 23/01/2019]
    Getting to the root of the dos, whys and workings of trees can be an obsession for forest researchers. And for my fellow obsessed- pinpoint accuracy is our common ambition. So why is this so hard to do?
  • Saving the forests of the Congo Basin: Q&A with author Meindert Brouwer
    [released on: 23/01/2019]
    It was an ambitious project from the start: to capture the Congo Basin rainforest in the pages of a book. Stretching across an area larger than Saudi Arabia, the world's second-largest rainforest straddles six countries in Central Africa.
  • Gene Drive Mosquitoes And The New Era Of Medical Colonialism
    [released on: 22/01/2019]
    The highly contentious issue of gene drive technologies - a novel extreme form of genetic engineering designed to alter or even eradicate entire populations and species - was at the heart of the international negotiations at the biennial UN Biodiversity Conference held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in November 2018.
  • Construction without coordination: How ants build megaprojects
    [released on: 23/01/2019]
    Leaf-cutter ants build superhighways to transfer food and building materials hundreds of meters without communicating with each other, scientists claimed Wednesday, in findings that could prompt a rethink about how some insect communities organize themselves.
  • Davos Diary: An evening in the life of WEF, from Brexit to biodiversity
    [released on: 23/01/2019]
    The Belvedere hotel was buzzing with rumor on the eve of the formal opening day of Davos 2019, and most of it centered on British Prime Minister Theresa May. Will she? Won't she?
  • Quintana Roo's coral reefs in state of alert
    [released on: 23/01/2019]
    Specialists seek to reverse the massive death of corals with a special treatment against the disease known as "white syndrome", which could bring a highly negative impact in the local and regional economy in the medium term.
  • Australian scientists evaluate health of world's biggest coral reef
    [released on: 23/01/2019]
    An extensive study into the health of Australia's Great Barrier Reef is underway this month, with a 25-day data collecting journey canvassing bleach affected parts of the reef not observed since 2016.
  • Climate change will affect the ratio of male-to-female newborns, scientists say.
    [released on: 23/01/2019]
    Global warming will have a variety of effects on our planet, yet it may also directly impact our human biology, research suggests.Specifically, climate change could alter the proportion of male and female newborns, with more boys born in places where temperatures rise and fewer boys born in places with other environmental changes, such as drought or wildfire caused by global warming.
  • A single gene turns socially organized bees into social parasites
    [released on: 23/01/2019]
    A small change in the genetic makeup of the South African Cape bee turns the socially organised animal into a fighting parasite. This change ensures that infertile worker bees begin to lay their own eggs and fight other colonies.
  • Copy cats: When is a bobcat not a bobcat?
    [released on: 23/01/2019]
    Two UBC Okanagan biologists, who have publicly solicited images of wild cats for their research, have answered that question.Their recently published study explains how hard it can be when it comes to wildlife classification-even experts have difficulty agreeing on whether a cat in a picture is a bobcat or a lynx.
  • Government vows to engage more indigenous groups in forest management
    [released on: 23/01/2019]
    The issue of the Anak Dalam tribe, also known as the Orang Rimba, who traditionally live deep in the forest in Jambi in small nomadic groups, came into the spotlight in the past few years after they were forced to leave their land because of uncontrolled conversion of natural forest.