Environment

Pollution

You’re eating microplastics in ways you don’t even realise

Drinking just a litre of bottled water a day could mean you are consuming more microplastics than you would from being an avid shellfish eater.

Your exposure to air pollution could be much higher than your neighbour’s – here’s why

Our individual environments at home, in transit and at work or school all substantially affect how much air pollution we are exposed to.

Farming

Plant diversity leads to more carbon stored in the soil

New research suggests that by restoring biodiversity, for instance with regenerative farming, we can vastly enhance the soil’s potential to store carbon – and fight climate change.

Honeybees hog the limelight, yet wild insects are the most important and vulnerable pollinators

While much of our conservation effort – and media attention – is focused on the honeybee, other pollinators urgently need our protection as well.

GMOs

Genetically engineered farm animals: Regulators rush to keep consumers in the dark

In the rush to get GMO animals on the menu, regulators are failing to consider consumer preferences as well as the potential risks to the animals and those who consume their meat, milk and eggs.

FDA ordered to come clean about GMO salmon

The US FDA has been ordered to release previously withheld information related to its controversial decision to approve genetically engineered salmon for human consumption.

Pesticides

IARC answers key questions on cancer-causing glyphosate

In a recent Q&A statement the IARC – a World Health Organization agency – answered key questions about the toxicity of glyphosate which make it clear the herbicide should be banned

Zika – what’s the real story?

One little word, so much confusion. But new evidence suggests that it’s man-made insecticides, not the zika virus, that is causing an infant health crisis in Brazil.

Chemicals

Uncovered: an unexpected source of superbugs

Disturbing new evidence shows that waste from pharmaceutical drug manufacture in developing countries is adding to the global problem of multi-drug resistant bacteria.

Scientists speak out: Exposure to toxic chemicals threatens human reproduction and health

An international consortium of scientists and doctors say it’s time for health professionals across the globe to step up and advocate for a cleaner, healthier environment.