Growing Food and Protecting Nature Don’t Have to Conflict – Here’s How They Can Work Together

By Thomas Hertel Growing food in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way – while also producing enough of it – is among the most important challenges facing the U.S. and the world today. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that food security can’t be taken for granted. Putting affordable food on the table requires both […]

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I’m a climate scientist – here’s three key things I have learned over a year of COVID

The planet had already warmed by around 1.2℃ since pre-industrial times when the World Health Organization officially declared a pandemic on March 11 2020. This began a sudden and unprecedented drop in human activity, as much of the world went into lockdown and factories stopped operating, cars kept their engines off and planes were grounded. […]

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It may look like an art show but these ‘dancing lights’ reduce pesticide use by 50%

Credit: Daan Roosegaarde. On a plot of farmland in Lelystad, Netherlands, art and technology merge in a stunning light show. During the day, the 20,000-square-meter field looks like any piece of farmland, but by the night it is transformed into a psychedelic wonderland. Don’t be fooled by the pretty lights, though. The installation actually serves […]

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They get a lot of smack, but wild boars are actually helping forest biodiversity

Usually tagged as ecosystem destroyers, wild boars can actually help foster biodiverse rainforests in their native habitats, according to a new study. Researchers found that the wild boars in Malaysian rainforests are critical to maintaining diverse and balanced tree communities – all thanks to the beneficial effects of the nesting practices of the boars. Most […]

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