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Japan has an excess sushi problem. These food waste activists put it in numbers

Japan’s ubiquitous convenience stores throw out huge amounts of edible food. In Tokyo, Rachel Nuwer meets the campaigners trying to change that.

The UN says more aquatic animals were farmed than fished in 2022. That’s the first time in history

The total global volume of fish, shrimp, clams and other aquatic animals that are harvested by farming has topped the amount fished in the wild from the world’s waters for the first time ever, the United Nations reported Friday.

Estuaries, the ‘nurseries of the sea’, are disappearing fast

Study reveals repurposing of ecologically vital land for homes or agriculture is happening particularly rapidly in Asia

Eco-friendly agricultural gel replaces toxic pesticides with worms

A worm-filled gel has been shown to protect crops from pests, without the use of environmentally-unfriendly pesticides.

Bats are in trouble. That’s not good for anyone who likes mezcal, rice or avocado

If you’ve ever enjoyed coffee, tomatoes, corn, bananas, mangoes, walnuts, chocolate, tequila or mezcal, you may just owe bats a thank-you.

Prickly paddy melon weed enzymes show potential as sustainable cement alternative

A world-first study has found enzymes from the prickly paddy melon weed can create a sustainable alternative to cement.

Farmers stage mass protest outside Welsh parliament over climate policies

Thousands of farmers have staged a demonstration on the steps of the Welsh parliament to protest against climate policies that they say will wreck their industry.

Temperatures are rising, but soil is getting wetter—why?

Soil moisture can determine how quickly a wildfire spreads, how fast a hill turns into a mudslide, and perhaps most importantly, how productive our food systems are.

Reinventing the eel: first lab-grown eel meat revealed

Wild freshwater eels are at risk of extinction due to overfishing but their meat can now be cultivated from cells

Pollinator-Friendly Solar Installations Can Help Solve Climate and Biodiversity Crises

Rehabilitated farmland used for solar energy facilities that are planted with native wildflowers and grasses can create lush habitats for insects, birds and bees, a new study has found.

Eight People Attempted To Live In A Biosphere For Two Years – Then It All Went Terribly Wrong

Costing between $150-200 million, Biosphere 2 is a research facility out in the desert that aimed to be an enclosed ecosystem, recreating many aspects of Earth itself.

Mother plucker: Steel fingers guided by AI pluck weeds rapidly and autonomously

Robot that uses AI to pull weeds may reduce poisonous herbicide use by 70% for some crops.