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Earth Ledger Advances to Top 25 in Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge

Earlier this week Earth Ledger, a blockchain initiative that’s working on a solution to help resolve climate change, advanced into the Top 25 Challenger’s slot of Sir Richard Branson’s Extreme...
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Farmer adjustments can offset climate change impacts in corn production

There is widespread concern that global warming will have a strong negative effect on crop yields. Recent research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on historical maize...
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Earthworms—integral ecosystem engineers

Global demands for food and energy are driving research on sustainably using our planet’s fast-depleting natural resources. One creative initiative looked to ancient land-use systems that supported millions of people...
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EU moves to protect large carnivores

The EU is to allow farmers to receive full compensation for any damages caused by attacks from protected animals like lynxes, wolves and bears. Other expenses including installing electric fences...
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Research leads to first nationwide sunscreen chemicals ban in Palau

The Republic of Palau, a South Pacific island nation, became the world’s first country to ban sunscreen products containing environmentally harmful ingredients last Wednesday, based in part on research conducted...
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Bioeconomies aim to become a beating heart of local communities, both rural and urban

As the EU aims to head towards a sustainable, low-carbon future, experts in bio-based industries at the forefront of this transition are turning food waste and waste-water sludge into bioplastics...
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How one tough shrub could help fight hunger in Africa

The trick to boosting crops in drought-prone, food-insecure areas of West Africa could be a ubiquitous native shrub that persists in the toughest of growing conditions. Growing these shrubs side-by-side...
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Puerto Rico Considers 100% Renewable Energy, But Natural Gas May Come First

As Puerto Rico rebuilds from last year’s hurricanes, lawmakers on the island territory have introduced an ambitious clean energy bill that would commit Puerto Rico to getting 100 percent of...
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Palau plans sunscreen ban to save coral

The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau will ban “reef-toxic” sunscreens from 2020 in what it claims is a world-first initiative to stop chemical pollution killing its famed corals. Palau,...
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EU countries back single-use plastics ban

EU countries on Wednesday backed the outlawing of certain single-use plastics, bringing the bloc a step closer to an outright ban on the products which account for huge quantities of...
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One hundred and ten liters of urban stormwater cleaned every second

Dirty runoff sweeps urban streets, pollutes groundwater and pressures sewage systems. A University of Copenhagen researcher has invented a treatment method that is now being used at a large, new...
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