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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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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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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A global mask shortage may leave farmers and farm workers exposed to toxic pesticides

One way that farms can handle shortages of protective gear for workers is by switching to less-toxic pest control methods.

Melanie Bateman, Lecturer in Integrated Crop Management, University of Neuchâtel • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~8 min

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Do wasps have a queen like bees do?

Bees aren't the only species that has a queen.

Caralyn Zehnder, Lecturer in Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
March 5, 2020 ~4 min

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Better rat control in cities starts by changing human behavior

Climate change, globalization and concerns about rat poison soon could drive rat infestations to levels not seen in centuries. One way to curb them is getting humans to stop wasting food.

Jason Munshi-South, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Fordham University • conversation
Feb. 25, 2020 ~8 min

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