UK allows emergency use of bee-harming pesticide

In 2018, the EU and UK imposed an almost-total ban because of the serious damage it could cause.

Jan. 11, 2021 ~3 min

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Killer cotton and planes dropping moths wiped out these pests

The invasive pink bollworm has inflicted tens of millions of dollars in damage annually. Biotech cotton and sterile moths helped eradicate it in the US.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
Dec. 22, 2020 ~7 min

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Following a t-shirt from cotton field to landfill shows the true cost of fast fashion

Black Friday sales reveal fast fashion extremes. But how does it affect the planet?

Mark Sumner, Lecturer in Sustainablity, Fashion and Retail, University of Leeds • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Crystal insecticide is 12x better at killing malaria mosquitoes

A new crystal form of deltamethrin—a common insecticide used to control malaria—is up to 12 times more effective against mosquitoes than the existing form.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~6 min

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UK 'operates double standards' on banned pesticides

More than 32,000 tonnes of the chemicals were approved for export by the UK in 2018, says Greenpeace.

By Justin Rowlatt • bbcnews
Sept. 10, 2020 ~4 min

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Coral reefs: climate change and pesticides could conspire to crash fish populations

Pesticides and high temperatures can disrupt the development of small coral reef fish by targeting their hormones.

Marc Besson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Marine Ecology, École pratique des hautes études (EPHE) • conversation
July 17, 2020 ~5 min

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Solution to viscosity mystery may curb pesticide pollution

Researchers have figured out how to measure the viscosity of droplets. That could help control pesticide spraying, ink-jet printing, and more.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

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Treating fabric with this pesticide zaps mosquitoes

Transfluthrin, a pesticide that can kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes, could be applied to bed nets and curtains.

Duke-NUS • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~5 min

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Healthier food can contain more contaminants – but there's a simple way to stay safe

A new study shows high-fibre brown rice also contains more arsenic than white rice – so which is better for you?

Ruth Fairchild, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~7 min

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Volcanic glass spray can kill mosquitoes

A new spray made with a type of volcanic glass shows promise in killing mosquitoes. That could help stop the spread of malaria.

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
June 8, 2020 ~6 min

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