When farmers spray their crops with pesticides, much of the liquid bounces off the leaves and winds up on the ground where it easily runs off into water supplies.
Biofuels have for years divided energy experts and environmentalists. Critics say that they displace farmland and cause deforestation.
Even as people recognize the intelligence of many animal species, we lag behind when it comes to fish.
Usually, when we see the signs of human settlement on the land we assume the surrounding landscape is degraded.
In the quest to maximize the efficiency of agriculture for a growing planet, farmers have recently turned to drones. They are using them to detect pests and to map weeds.
Researchers have now made a surprisingly simple technology that does not need heat or light concentrators to bring water to boiling temperatures of 100°C.
Our cognitive systems have been honed by evolution to focus on animals. After all, throughout evolutionary history, animals have posed far more immediate threats or benefits than plants.
According to conventional economic wisdom, the cost of complying with environmental regulations represents a burden that eats into companies’ profits.
When it comes to doing good for the environment, consumers often have to make trade-offs or sacrifices.
The first offshore wind farm off Rhode Island is finally complete and will be switched on in October.