Tonkinphotography/Shutterstock.com Alex Chapman, University of Southampton and Van Pham Dang Tri, Can Tho University The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp, and fruit. The 18m inhabitants of this low-lying river delta are also someRead More →

A new study finds land-use like grazing and managing forests for resource extraction may have released more carbon than previously thought. Its results indicate the world’s terrestrial vegetation is currently sequestering less than half its full carbon-storage potential. Of that missing half, the researchers discovered 42 to 47 percent isRead More →

Pakistani commuters travel on a flooded street following a heavy rainfall in Karachi, Aug. 31, 2017. AP Photo/Shakil Adil Gulrez Shah Azhar, Pardee RAND Graduate School Wildfires tearing across Southern California have forced thousands of residents to evacuate from their homes. Even more people fled ahead of the hurricanes thatRead More →

By Johan RockströmExecutive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University Amy LuersExecutive Director, Future Earth   Stepping in to the COP23 climate talks in Bonn, Germany, is like wandering through an alternative reality. At no point in these vast cavernous rooms are you confronted with the sheer urgency or the scale of transformationRead More →

Deirdre McKay Senior Lecturer in Geography, Keele University Waste plastics contaminate our food, water and air. Many are calling for a global ban on single-use plastics because throwing them “away” often means into our river systems and then into the world’s oceans. Take the UK’s single-use plastic bottles: it’s estimatedRead More →

By Washington Castilhos A Brazilian scientist who developed a method that reduces greenhouse gas emissions from sugarcane cultivation has been awarded a prize that each year recognises a researcher whose work has excelled in the area of fertiliser use. Heitor Cantarella received the International Fertilizer Association’s (IFA) Norman Borlaug AwardRead More →