Meet nature’s plastic eaters

What to do with the non-biodegradable plastics used in food packaging and agriculture? Researchers are turning their attention to microorganisms, enzymes, earthworms and insects to break down plastics. Plastics are everywhere, and farms are no exception. Plastic sheets are spread on the ground as a form of mulch to suppress weeds. Plastic is also used […]

Mother nature to the rescue

If we thought we could build our way out of the climate and biodiversity crisis with more advanced human technology, the Covid-19 pandemic taught us that we are far more vulnerable to the powers of nature than we previously dared to admit, and that working with instead of against nature is the only way forward. […]

Digital technologies rescue food from landfill

Food waste has reached colossal proportions and the magnitude of the problem requires equally massive resources with the potential to supply sustainable answers. What better than the dynamic digital databases and advanced analytics we literally have access to “at our fingertips”. Around 88 million tonnes of food are wasted in the EU every year – […]

Could negative emissions actually help curb climate change?

Many future climate scenarios suggest that negative emissions will be needed to limit global warming. Researchers are now investigating how feasible this is. In Iceland, a machine is now sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere day and night. Its mission is to mix the gas with water then pump it underground where it will […]

Scientists improving the ‘crystal ball’ for better climate predictions

Climate models are used to predict how the climate will likely respond to rising greenhouse gas concentrations in the coming decades, a timescale crucial to meeting the terms of the Paris Agreement. That’s why it’s necessary to keep developing and refining such models to better support climate policies. What will Earth be like in 50 […]

Climate change and biodiversity loss should be tackled together

More than 200 world leaders are gathering in Glasgow, Scotland for the United Nation’s climate summit to discuss climate change. Described as the world’s best last chance for action, the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) formally opens on 31 October after a one-year delay due […]

Nature and climate crises: two sides of the same coin

A changing climate means changing habitats. This in turn further intensifies the effects of climate change, which cause biodiversity loss. To stop this cycle, researchers are looking towards nature-based solutions. Biodiversity, the unique variety of life on our planet, is more than just flora and fauna. It’s the lynchpin to the continued existence of our […]

Battling wildfires from behind the scenes

Catastrophic wildfires in Europe have become a far too common headline and this year has been no exception as the world once again bore witness to parts of the continent burning. While southern Europe is no stranger to the devastation and loss they leave in their wake, countries in central and northern Europe – areas […]

Focal point for climate change is at the top of our world, and agenda

Improved climate modelling can predict fish stocks in the North Atlantic, as well as warming effects across the Northern hemisphere, for instance in Europe and North America. Fragile and exposed to climate change, the Arctic is warming three times faster than the rest of the planet. As the frozen ground melts, carbon dioxide and methane […]

Does an ally against climate change lie beneath our feet?

By enhancing soil’s ability to store carbon, the ground we walk on could play an essential role in keeping carbon dioxide out of the air. If we’re going to fight the effects of climate change, we’re going to have to get our hands dirty. ‘With a huge potential to act as a carbon sink, the […]