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Restoring Ruined Lands Reverses Trail of Misery

Excessive erosion on the U.S. Prairie. An inch of soil can take hundreds of years to form, but it can be swept away in a few seasons. Sediment loads in rivers silt up fish spawning beds, degrade drinking water quality, and cause silting of productive estuaries and reservoirs. March 27, 2017 (Photo by Rick Bohn / U.S. Fish & Wwildlife Service) Public domain

Human activities are degrading lands throughout the world, undermining the well-being of billions of people, driving mass migrations and violent conflicts, species extinctions and climate change, finds a new comprehensive assessment.

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Bees With Backpacks

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Thousands of honey bees are flying around Australia and Brazil with mini sensors on their backs as part of a world-first research program to monitor their movements. The point is to capture and analyze swarm sensing data …

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COP23 Fertilizes Climate-Smart Agriculture

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New commitments and initiatives in the agriculture and water sectors were announced as nearly 200 countries gathered at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) hosted by the government of Fiji in Bonn, November 6-17.

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Biochar: ‘Black Gold’ With a Hundred Uses

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Biochar can help address many environmental challenges, as people in Norway are just now discovering. This form of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage reduces the need for fertilizers, may lead to better crop yields and can remove heavy metals from the soil.

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What’s That in Your Fruit Salad?

Fruits and vegetables for sale at Le Marché de Noailles, Marseille, France, October 1, 2014 (Photo by kixmi71) Creative Commons license via Flickr

A pregnant woman eating a salad of fresh fruit grown by conventional agriculture in the European Union may think she is providing healthy nourishment to her future baby, but in fact she might be exposing it to a cocktail of endocrine disrupting chemicals.

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Edible Food Packaging Takes the Cake

Edible Food Packaging Takes the Cake

As all grocery shoppers know, many meats, breads, cheeses, cakes and cookies come wrapped in plastic to prevent spoilage. But plastic films are not great at keeping foods fresh, and some plastics can leach harmful compounds into the food they’re supposed to protect.

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Woman Honored as Pesticide Workers’ Champion

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“The millions of rural women on the ground that are in the frontlines of the struggle against highly hazardous pesticides in their daily lives as farmers, workers, and consumers,” are the inspiration that drives Sarojeni Rengam’s advocacy …

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Pesticide Alarm

Pesticide Alarm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reversed its decision to protect children from developmental disabilities and autism resulting from exposure to a neurotoxic pesticide that was scheduled to be banned in March.

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BioNurse: Generating Spaces for Life

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A team from the Ceres Regional Center for Fruit and Vegetable Innovation in Chile has won the first-ever $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation “Ray of Hope” Prize in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.

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Cutting Food Loss and Waste Gets Easier

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A new international framework that empowers businesses, governments and NGOs to measure and manage food loss and waste is in its first year of operation. About a third of all food produced each year is lost or wasted worldwide as it moves from field to table…

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Citizen Science Earns Respect

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The Austrian Pollen Monitoring service at the Medical University of Vienna’s Department of Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases is founded upon active citizen participation and relies on continuing citizen monitoring every day.

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EU Patent Office Under Siege Over Seeds

EU Patent Office Under Siege Over Seeds

More than 800,000 signatures against patents on plants, animals and seeds were handed to officials of the European Patent Office on June 29, as the EPO’s Administrative Council held a meeting in Munich.

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