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Would you drink genetically modified beer?

A growing number of US brewers are now using GM yeast to make their beers.
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NC State researchers engineer 'promising' plastic-degrading microbe to help polluted oceans

North Carolina State University researchers have genetically modified bacteria to break down ocean-polluting plastics commonly used in water bottles and clothing.

The Great Barrier Reef can repair itself, with a little help from science.

At least two potential interventions show promise as means to boost climate resilience and tolerance in the reef’s corals: assisted gene flow and assisted evolution.

The Great Barrier Reef is suffering from recent unprecedented coral bleaching events. But the answer to part of its recovery could lie in the reef itself, with a little help.

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The water under Colorado’s Eastern Plains is running dry as farmers keep irrigating “great American desert.”

Farmers say they’re trying to wean from groundwater, but admit there are no easy answers amid pressures of corn prices, urban growth and interstate water agreements.


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Investor Jeremy Grantham is worried about the world.

“It’s one thing for the world to be deteriorating, but deteriorating at an increasingly fast rate is particularly dangerous and scary.“


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Farmers fear ‘political’ court ruling on plant breeding techniques.

EU farmers have expressed concerns about an ongoing court case on plant breeding techniques, saying it might end up being a “political” decision that does not take into account scientific and economic arguments.

Farmers fear ‘political’ court ruling on plant breeding techniques

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John Akomfrah: ‘Progress can cause profound suffering.'

For the British artist, global warming, the subject of his ambitious new video installation, is a process rooted in technology and exploitation.

John Akomfrah grew up in the 1960s, in the shadow of Battersea power station in south London. As a child, he remembers “feeling as if I was enveloped in something whenever I played on the street. You could sense it in the air, you felt it and saw it, whatever was emanating from the huge chimneys. We were being poisoned as we played, but no one spoke about it. The conversations in the pub tended to be about football rather than carbon monoxide poisoning.”

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