By century-end, farm numbers will halve and farm size will double. How will biodiversity fare?
"This world in which significantly fewer large farms replace numerous smaller ones carries major rewards and risks for the human species and the food systems that support it," the new study says.
Artificial leaves can now directly make liquid fuels
The latest evolution of the artificial leaf converts carbon dioxide and water into high-energy ethanol that can be directly used in car engines
Paying people a guaranteed income could protect biodiversity. For a very high price.
New research suggests that a conservation basic income could be fair and effective. It could also cost as much as $6 trillion per year.
When life hands you disposable diapers, make affordable housing
Researchers constructed a prototype dwelling to demonstrate the unlikely material’s promise as a concrete component.
We’ve reached a fork in the fertilizer road: Which path keeps food cheap and the world cool?
More (but greener) fertilizer or less fertilizer (and less meat)
Researchers unlock a new protein source from floral farming waste
A formerly inedible, bitter byproduct of oilseed rape is made suddenly palatable with some genetic tweaks.
Engineered bacteria could decarbonize the chemical industry
“All you need to add is sugar and the cells do the rest” . . . enabling low-emissions manufacture of drugs and fuels
Wild horse numbers are out of control. The remedy hinges on whether they are wildlife, pets or livestock.
The lack of sound science isn’t what’s keeping land management agencies from effectively dealing with the horse conundrum. It’s the politics.
How trees become elders in a human-dominated world
A team of researchers combed through a database of 1.8 million century-old trees in China to solve an Anthropocene puzzle
Researchers take a first step toward decoupling livestock feed from the land
Pushing the boundaries of synthetic nutrition, researchers have turned CO2 from the air into a protein substitute for animal feed.