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

Brave new world: what you need to know about gene-edited farm animals

New genetic engineering technologies have gathered pace in recent years.Now, without most people being aware of it, genetic engineering is spreading from the crops in the field to the animals in the barn.

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.

Pesticides

Will the House of Commons now “do the right thing” and vote to protect rural residents from toxic pesticides?

At the end of last month there was an extraordinary vote in the House of Lords that saw the adoption of a vital amendment into the UK’s Agriculture Bill for the protection of rural residents and communities from the cocktails of toxic pesticides sprayed on UK crops. But will the House of Commons uphold that amendment?

Will the UK House of Lords “do the right thing” and vote in favour of protecting rural residents from toxic pesticides?

Crucial amendments to the UK Agriculture Bill are still being debated. UK pesticides campaigner Georgina Downs asks: Will the House of Lords do the right thing and vote in favour of finally protecting rural residents and communities from the cocktails of toxic pesticides sprayed on crops?

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.