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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.

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.

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.

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.

Northern Wilderness Could Turn to Farmland as Climate Warms

Some wilderness areas in northern climates have begun to be more suitable for agriculture due to climate change.

Lab-grown meat has sustainability potential, but a long way off for consumers: food scientist

What if you could eat a burger without killing a cow? Lab grown, or cell-cultured meat may be the answer.

Coffee and Cocoa Plants Especially at Risk From Pollinator Losses

The loss of pollinator insects is putting some of the most popular tropical crops in the world — like cocoa, coffee, mango and watermelon — at risk

Beer Could Lose Its Bitter Tastes Due to Climate Change

The taste profile of beer in general is known to be hoppy and at least somewhat bitter compared to other beverages.

Europe’s olive oil supply running out after drought – and the odd hailstorm

Heatwaves around Mediterranean have damaged harvests and forced producers to import from South America