Grey squirrels: is birth control the solution to Britain's invasive species problem?

Squirrel feeders laced with contraceptives could be used to suppress grey squirrels in the UK.

Jason Gilchrist, Ecologist, Edinburgh Napier University • conversation
Feb. 3, 2021 ~7 min

Author Robert Paarlberg argues against buying organic

An excerpt from “Resetting the Table: Straight Talk about the Food We Grow and Eat” by Robert Paarlberg, associate in the Sustainability Science Program at the Harvard Kennedy School and at Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Robert Paarlberg • harvard
Feb. 2, 2021 ~21 min

Ocean pollutants 'have negative effect on male fertility'

Harbour porpoises exposed to PCBs had shrunken testicles, suggesting sperm and fertility effects.

Jan. 12, 2021 ~5 min

A few heavy storms cause a big chunk of nitrogen pollution from Midwest farms

New research shows that one-third of yearly nitrogen runoff from Midwest farms to the Gulf of Mexico occurs during a few heavy rainstorms. New fertilizing schedules could reduce nitrogen pollution.

Chaoqun Lu, Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University • conversation
Nov. 2, 2020 ~9 min

Americans’ odds of getting pregnant may peak in late fall

North Americans are most likely to succeed in getting pregnant in late November and early December, especially if they live in the US South.

Michelle Samuels-Boston U. • futurity
Oct. 27, 2020 ~5 min

Rainy days can send nitrogen runoff to rivers

Heavy rain events, which happen just a few days each year, have an outsize role in sending nitrogen runoff into waterways, computer modeling indicates.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~5 min

Older male monkeys father fewer babies

Older male monkeys sire fewer offspring, a new study shows. The finding could have implications for human infertility, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Fertility rate: 'Jaw-dropping' global crash in children being born

Nearly every country will see their populations fall as the world has fewer babies.

By James Gallagher • bbcnews
July 14, 2020 ~7 min

Lower fertility may follow C-section for first baby

"It's important that women who elect to have a C-section know that there is a chance they may have difficulty conceiving in the future."

Barbara Schindo-Penn State • futurity
July 9, 2020 ~5 min

How legume ‘fertilizer factories’ make ammonium

Mapping the mechanism that lets legumes make their own ammonium fertilizer could help make agriculture more sustainable.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~6 min