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The hunt for a new way to tackle clothing waste

Scientists in the US are trying to find enzymes or bacteria that will decompose manmade fibres.
Nigerian oil refinery threatens forest reserve

New oil refinery ‘a huge disaster’ for Nigerian forest reserve

Despite its official protected status as a forest reserve, much of Stubbs Creek Forest Reserve’s tree cover has been lost due to human activities like logging and farming.

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Swamps can protect against climate change
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Swamps can protect against climate change, if we only let them

Wetlands absorb carbon dioxide and buffer the excesses of drought and flood, yet we’ve drained much of this land. Can we learn to love our swamps?
climate desertification and greening the desert

How to prevent the planet from becoming an uninhabitable desert

Deserts across the world are rapidly expanding as more and more soils dry out and lose their fertility. How can we breathe life back into desolate sandy landscapes and green the desert? Here are four ideas.
mass extinction & biodiversity loss

What to expect from the world′s sixth mass extinction

Humans alive today are witnessing the beginning of the first mass extinction in 65 million years. What does biodiversity loss mean for us and the environment?
wheatgrass to save dryland farming and capture carbon

Scientists look to wheatgrass to save dryland farming and capture carbon

Intermediate wheatgrass is an imported grain that has been grown in the U.S. Great Plains and Intermountain West since the 1930s; but could it be used in marginal fields in dryland areas?