The end of farming?

For decades, the way we farm has been degrading land and destroying wildlife. Now there’s a revolution coming — but is it going to create more problems than it solves?

The ethereal art of fog-catching

In chronically dry regions around the world, communities are finding ways to live from the water suspended in the air — creating valuable drinking water from mist.

Teck withdraws application for Frontier oilsands mine

Vancouver-based Teck Resources has withdrawn its application to build a massive oilsands project in northern Alberta. The federal government was slated to make a decision on whether to approve the $20.6-billion, 260,000-barrel-per-day project next week.

Climate change leads to more violence against women and girls

New study shows “the damage humanity is inflicting on nature can also fuel violence against women around the world — a link that has so far been largely overlooked,” said Grethel Aguilar of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

‘Astonishing’ blue whale numbers at South Georgia

Scientists say they have seen a remarkable collection of blue whales in the coastal waters around the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. Their 23-day survey counted 55 animals – a total that is unprecedented in the decades since commercial whaling ended.

Neanderthal ‘skeleton’ is first found in a decade

Early analysis suggests the specimen is more than 70,000 years old. While the sex has yet to be determined, the discovery has relatively worn teeth, suggesting the individual was a “middle- to older-aged adult”.

How a single locust becomes a plague

Vast swarms of desert locusts are tearing through the Horn of Africa and south Asia, devouring crops and threatening food supplies and livelihoods. It’s the worst infestation in a quarter of a century. How did it get so bad?

NASA astronaut sets new female space record

NASA astronaut Christina Koch has completed the longest-ever single spaceflight by a woman. The Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Koch parachuted down to the grasslands of Kazakhstan. She spent 328 days on the International Space Station.