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Humans Control Majority Of Freshwater Ebb And Flow On Earth, Study Finds by Brown University

The data reveal that even though human-managed reservoirs comprise only a small percentage of all water bodies, they account for 57% of the total seasonal water storage changes globally. “We tend to think of the water cycle as a purely natural system: Rain and snowmelt run into rivers, which run to the ocean where evaporation […]

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Mexico To Ban Glyphosate, GM Corn by Timothy A. Wise

Presidential Decree Comes Despite Intense Pressure from Industry, U.S. Authorities. Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador quietly rocked the agribusiness world with his New Year’s Eve decree to phase out use of the herbicide glyphosate and the cultivation of genetically modified corn. His administration sent an even stronger aftershock two weeks later, clarifying that the […]

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Continued Plundering Of Nature Will Lead To Total Ecosystem – And Economic – Collapse by Andrea Germanos

A new 600-page review commissioned by Britain’s treasury argues that nothing short of a coordinated, large-scale global recovery plan will bring Earth’s ecosystem back from the brink of collapse. The 600-page review was commissioned by Britain’s Treasury and authored by Partha Dasgupta, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Cambridge, who wrote that gross […]

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Monarch Butterfly Population Moves Closer To Extinction by Olga R. Rodriguez

The number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted precipitously to a record low, putting the orange-and-black insects closer to extinction, researchers announced Tuesday. An annual winter count by the Xerces Society recorded fewer than 2,000 butterflies, a massive decline from the tens of thousands tallied in recent years and the […]

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Climate And Carbon Cycle Trends Of The Past 50 Million Years Reconciled by University of Hawaii at Manoa

Predictions of future climate change require a clear and nuanced understanding of Earth’s past climate. In a study published today in Science Advances, University of Hawai’i (UH) at Manoa oceanographers fully reconciled climate and carbon cycle trends of the past 50 million years—solving a controversy debated in the scientific literature for decades. Contrary to expectations, […]

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Common Pesticides Stop Bees And Flies From Getting A Good Night’s Sleep by University Of Bristol

Just like us, many insects need a decent night’s sleep to function properly, but this might not be possible if they have been exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides, the most common form of insecticide used worldwide, suggests research by academics at the University of Bristol. Two studies by scientists at Bristol’s Schools of Physiology, Pharmacology and […]

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Millions Of People Drinking Groundwater With Pesticides Or Pesticide Degradates by Beyond Pesticides

A study of groundwater that feeds public drinking water supply finds pesticides in 41% of supply wells (and a handful of freshwater springs). Two-thirds of that 41% contain pesticide compounds per se, and one-third contain pesticide degradates — compounds resulting from biotic (or abiotic) transformation of pesticides into other compounds. A just and rapid transition […]