Full story - July 01, 2015
Oil palm trees
Palm oil can mean steady, consistent income for farmers in the developing world, but it can also means environmental degradation and other abuses. As palm oil expands in Latin America, can it take a different course?
Full story - June 11, 2015
As the climate changes, biodiversity will become increasingly important. Biodiversity could be the keys to the species of rice that can survive wild swings in precipitation, or the type of yam that can grow in soil that has turned sandy. And the world's seed vaults may play a crucial role in that.
Full story - June 01, 2015
An Eastern coyote, a wold-coyote hybrid
Meet the coywolf — a mixed-breed better able to kill deer. Thanks to human activity, native animals and plants are expected to hybridize more than ever. Is that a problem — or a solution?
Full story - May 16, 2015
Poseidon Water employees stand between rows of reverse osmosis filters at the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant, currently under construction in Carlsbad, California.
Desalination — taking the salt out of seawater so humans can drink it — is becoming more important as the Earth warms and drinking water gets more scarce, but it's not a cheap or simple process. Here are some ways it might get more affordable and environmentally friendly.
Full story - May 06, 2015
Karakachan dogs
For farmers and ranchers in the American West, the successful reintroduction of wolves and grizzly bears has presented a new challenge for keeping livestock safe. While guard dogs have protected thier flocks and herd from coyotes, grizzly bears and wolves require new, bigger, stronger dogs.
Full story - March 27, 2015
Nellis Solar Power Plant
Solar power and natural gas seem like competitors in the race to create new power generating capacity. And that's true — to an extent. But they both may be crucial to helping meet future global energy needs — and reducing the risks of climate change.
Full story - March 17, 2015
Various kind of rice that are indigenous to the Sundarbans. Such native kinds of rice are able to withstand salty and austere conditions better than modern high-yield rice.
Modern varieties of rice may produce high yields, but they can't withstand the tough conditions that are becoming more common as climate change affects farming. That's why Indian scientists are turning to older, indigenous grains to keep communities fed.