Farmers are recommitting themselves to animal welfare, and that might help the planet, too
By Chris Woolston
The giant genomes of these struggling amphibians tell a story of outsider invasions, assault by disease and cross-species sex. A geneticist explains.
Bat genomes are full of clever tricks that are treats for biology and medical science — it’s why scientists want to sequence them all
New technologies to predict spoilage time could slash the massive waste between farm and fork
Global warming and agricultural runoff have driven the loss of oxygen in oceans around the world, with looming ecological consequences.
By Ramin Skibba
SLIDESHOW: Also at risk are the many hidden habitats built into the sea’s frozen wilds.
America has grown obese on processed, sugary and deceptively cheap foods. Some blame policies enshrined in an unwieldy, bloated beast of legislation.
The use of raw materials and production of waste rise with development around the world
A solid-waste specialist offers ways to halt the plague of pollutants choking the seas
The mass die-offs of Earth’s past may hold clues to our future
COMIC: Do forests warm or cool the Earth? What’s their effect on global climate change? A comic narrated by polymath Benjamin Franklin describes the evolution of thought on this issue and what we still don’t know.
COMIC: In the US, where political parties have increasingly staked claims on one side of the issue or the other, beliefs may be more about belonging than facts
Our mark on Earth is so profound that some argue it’s time to bid goodbye to the current geological time period — the Holocene — in favor of a new one: the Anthropocene.
As world food needs rise, so does the need for faster, more efficient plant growth. Bypassing an error-prone enzyme is one way to do it.
A balanced menu makes for healthy, productive bees — but the loss of wildflowers means that many fail to find the kind of nutrition they need
Worsened by global warming, drought and other environmental stressors play a role in fanning the flames of civil conflicts
Turbulence regenerates gust strength between turbines, influencing design of arrays that can pull energy from the sky
Replacing the annual farming cycle with perennial crops could be better for soil, water and wildlife