Why Bayer wants to buy Monsanto and why it’s scary

Why Bayer wants to buy Monsanto and why it’s scary

“Bayer recently met with executives of Monsanto to privately discuss a negotiated acquisition”. Bayer’s statement has upset an entire industry, if not the entire European continent. Europe is faced with particular pressures as two core issues could determine what we’re going to cultivate and eat in the near future: the renewal of the license of the

How many plants there are in the world and how they’re doing

How many plants there are in the world and how they’re doing

There are about 391,000 plant species known to science. They’re vascular plants, which have a vascular system to conduct water and minerals throughout the plant and include all plants except for algae, moss and hepatics. A recent study has assessed for the first time ever the conservation status of the world’s plants. The report on the state of the world’s plant

Tibetan monks plant trees to fight deforestation

Tibetan monks plant trees to fight deforestation

Tibetans describe the hills around their place of prayer as a once pristine area, an earthly paradise. But with occupation everything changed. Trees and timber have been exploited for years, wiping out entire forests. As of 18 April, though, the monks of the Dzogchen monastery, in the Sichuan region, along with the local Tibetan community, began

April was the seventh month in a row that broke global temperature records

April was the seventh month in a row that broke global temperature records

There’s no good news and figures are appalling. The warning comes from scientists, not environmentalists. After the records set in the first quarter of 2016, April was 1.1 degrees warmer than the April average temperatures. It’s a figure too close to the 1.5-degree limit set in the Paris Agreement that signing countries should abide by.

A Google Earth for monitoring climate change. Free and accessible to all

A Google Earth for monitoring climate change. Free and accessible to all

The connection between digital technology and satellite imagery is revolutionising the way natural resources can be used, including monitoring deforestation and desertification. As countries strive to reduce their carbon footprint by limiting deforestation, it is important they have the right tools. These must be transparent, consistent over time and suitable. To help these countries, the Food

US beekeepers lost half their honeybees last year

US beekeepers lost half their honeybees last year

Data coming from the United States is alarming. Between April 2015 and April 2016, US beekeepers lost 44 per cent of their honeybee colonies. The figures emerged from a survey that tracked the number of winter and summer losses across the country. Findings show the trend is getting worse, for the second year in a