environment

Sep. 16, 2021

Nearly One-Third of Wild Tree Species Are Threatened with Extinction, Report Warns

Over the past 300 years, the forested areas on our planet have shrunk by 40 percent, researchers found.

Sep. 14, 2021

Proposed Label Would Allow Consumers to Compare Sustainability of Food Items

Researchers in France say the label would grade foods' environmental footprint based on its farming practices, biodiversity impact and effect on climate change.

Sep. 14, 2021

Intensive Olive Farms Contribute to Desertification in Spain, Experts Warn

Researchers caution that one-fifth of Spain is at risk of desertification. Poor agricultural and land-use practices paired with historic mismanagement are largely to blame.

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Sep. 8, 2021

Even During a Pandemic, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Soared to Record Highs in 2020

A report from the American Meteorological Society found that carbon dioxide concentrations were the highest they had been in at least 800,000 years.

Sep. 2, 2021

Weakened Gulf Stream Will Have Major Impact on European Agriculture, Scientists Predict

Weakening ocean currents will likely increase incidences of extreme weather events, researchers warn, particularly in the Mediterranean Basin.

Aug. 24, 2021

Glyphosate Controversy Continues as New Report Concludes Herbicide Is Not Carcinogenic

Health campaigners are outraged with the EFSA’s conclusion, accusing the food safety authority of bending to pressure from industry.

Jul. 19, 2021

As Growing Demand for Squalene Leads to More Shark Deaths, Olives Offer a Solution

Olives are becoming more popular as a source of squalene in cosmetics, yet 90 percent of the industry still relies on shark liver oil resulting in 2.7 million shark deaths annually.

Jul. 13, 2021

Pilot Project Will Test New Eco-Label for European Food Packages

Olive oil producers are expected to benefit from the scheme, which rates a food’s sustainability on four criteria, including carbon emissions.

Jul. 7, 2021

Report: Water Scarcity is the Biggest Challenge Facing Food Production

A report from Barclays Capital found that while demand for freshwater continues to grow, businesses and countries are doing very little to become more efficient.

Jul. 1, 2021

EPA Plans to Tackle Food Waste in Effort to Reduce Carbon Emissions

The United Nations found that food waste is responsible for up to 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Jun. 15, 2021

Climate Change Topped Agenda as World Leaders Met in Cornwall for G7

Heads of state from the world’s seven wealthiest liberal democracies and their guests pledged to continue reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainability after meeting in England.

May. 28, 2021

Climate Change Is Altering the Nutrient Profiles of the World’s Crops

A new report shows a direct link between the amount of carbon dioxide in the air and the nutrient composition of the world’s most popular staple crops.

May. 20, 2021

Deforestation and Industrial Agriculture Spur Zoonotic Diseases, Study Finds

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, new research examines the association between the emergence of zoonotic diseases, forest clearance and monocultures.

May. 7, 2020

Experts: Sustainable Farming Will Play Key Role in Post-Pandemic World

The population's priorities will shift in a post-coronavirus world, demanding ethical and sustainable production from farmers and distributors in the years ahead.

Apr. 24, 2020

EU Introduces Standards for Use of Reclaimed Water for Irrigation

New measures aim to promote the reuse of city wastewater for the irrigation of farmland.

Apr. 17, 2020

A New Strategy Against a Dreaded Pest in Italy

The samurai wasp will be deployed to contain the brown marmorated stink bug which has been devastating Italian agriculture productivity.

Feb. 21, 2020

Under Fire, Bayer Seeks to Demonstrate Transparency

Bayer says it will open laboratory studies of new pesticides to outside observers amid mounting legal challenges.

Feb. 3, 2020

Conference to Focus on Role of Religion in Combating Climate Change

Hosted by the Lutheran World Federation, the meeting will focus on managing religious differences in the interests of supporting sustainability and climate change.

Jan. 29, 2020

Olive Oil Waste Fuels Spanish Power Plant and Palestinian Startup

A new plant will work to counteract the negative impacts of olive by-products in the region while developing a reliable substitute for fossil fuel.

Jan. 26, 2020

TAP 'Confidant' as Trial Looms, Prepares to Replant Uprooted Trees

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline said the company is confident ahead of the upcoming trial. Replanting of the olive trees at issue in the trial is scheduled to begin in February.

Jan. 20, 2020

2019 Second Hottest Year Since Records Began, NOAA Says

Land and ocean temperatures have been above average for the past 43 years and nine of the 10 warmest years on record have come since 2005.

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