Scientists make accidental breakthrough that could lead to drought-proof crops

A group of Australian National University (ANU) scientists has made a major breakthrough that could improve Australia’s food security during drought. The Canberra-based researchers have spent the past decade looking at the effects of drought on plants, accidentally discovering some plants have a self-preservation method that is potentially life-saving. One of the lead researchers, biologist … More Scientists make accidental breakthrough that could lead to drought-proof crops

Wildfires no longer spreading like wildfires

A new analysis of global data related to wildfire, published by the Royal Society, reveals major misconceptions about wildfire and its social and economic impacts. Prof. Stefan Doerr and Dr Cristina Santin from Swansea University’s College of Science carried out a detailed analysis of global and regional data on fire occurrence, severity and its impacts … More Wildfires no longer spreading like wildfires

Can Plantations Help Restore Degraded and Deforested Land?

The past two years have seen huge advances in the global movement to restore degraded and deforested land. Regional restoration programs like Initiative 20×20, a country-led initiative to restore 20 million hectares of degraded land in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2020, and AFR100, an analogous effort to restore 100 million hectares in Africa … More Can Plantations Help Restore Degraded and Deforested Land?

A Major Source of Air Pollution: Farms

A new study says that emissions from farms outweigh all other human sources of fine-particulate air pollution in much of the United States, Europe, Russia and China. The culprit: fumes from nitrogen-rich fertilizers and animal waste that combine in the air with industrial emissions to form solid particles—a huge source of disease and death. The … More A Major Source of Air Pollution: Farms