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Biomass could provide a fifth of global energy without damaging food...

Energy generated from plant biomass could deliver up to one fifth of global demand without causing a decline in food production, although there are...

Mapping food deserts

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Maps are great for showing where things are. They're also good for showing where things aren't. Two Michigan State University professors have developed interactive maps that offer a visual perspective of urban food deserts...

‘Stupid strategies’ could be best for the genes

Blindly copying what your parents did -- no matter how stupid it may seem -- could be the best strategy for the long-term success of your genes, according to research by the Universities of Exeter and Bristol. The findings of the study, publishe...

Canada’s role grows amid looming world water shortages in some places,...

Famed especially for the excellence of its peacekeepers and ice hockey players, Canada's water experts are now increasingly needed to help countries elsewhere brace for drought, flood and unsafe water problems looming on a 15 to 20 year horizon. ...

Arctic environment during an ancient bout of natural global warming

Scientists are unravelling the environmental changes that took place around the Arctic during an exceptional episode of ancient global warming. Newly published results from a high-resolution study of sediments collected on Spitsbergen represent ...

Sterility in frogs caused by environmental pharmaceutical progestogens

Frogs appear to be very sensitive to progestogens, a kind of pharmaceutical that is released into the environment. Female tadpoles that swim in water containing a specific progestogen, levonorgestrel, are subject to abnormal ovarian and oviduct deve...

Review confirms benefits of outdoor exercise

A systematic review carried out by a team at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry has analysed existing studies and concluded that there are benefits to mental and physical well-being from taking exercise in the natural environment. Their...

Parents’ social problems affect their children — even in birds

It may come as a surprise to many that quails are able to distinguish one another, let alone that they form close relationships with other quails. Nevertheless, it has long been known that disruption of the birds' social environment causes them str...

Long-lasting chemicals threaten the environment and human health

Every hour, an enormous quantity and variety of manmade chemicals, having reached the end of their useful lifespan, flood into wastewater treatment plants. These large-scale processing facilities, however, are designed only to remove nutrients...

Rationalization measures are the main cause of poor work environment

Managers in the private and public sectors must consider work environment when rationalising production to obtain sustainable systems. A research study published in the journal Applied Ergonomics reveals that rationalisation measures often have...

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