Wetlands: value to locals matters most
A new way of valuing ecosystem services, incorporating the local perspective, is the driving force behind a project assessing aquatic ecosystems in highland areas of Asia
Arnold van Huis - Insects: a must for a protein-rich diet
Eating insects could bring many benefits, as they are rich in proteins and bring nutrients that could help balance diet in both food and feed
Tim O’Higgins: a new way forward for Europe’s regional seas
As policy for European seas moves towards an ecosystem approach in an effort to achieve environmental sustainability, there is resistance to this shift
Lars-Otto Reiersen – Preserving the health of the Arctic
The Arctic represents a unique environment that can tell scientists a great deal about air pollution mechanisms, due to the effect of climate change
Bees survival: ban more pesticides?
Neonicotinoids are under intense scrutiny. But a ban of a broad variety of pesticides may be required to protect bees, humans and the environment.
Food price surges: still a mystery
Food market volatility has yet to be understood and there is no definite proof that it is due to speculators
Gara Villalba: Tracking mobile phone recycling rate to improve them
Multifunctional mobile devices like the smartphone contain small quantities of valuable materials, yet most are not recycled. Something needs to give.
Lars Ove Dragsted: can an apple a day really keep the doctor away?
Studies of the bioactive compounds found in apples aim to uncover compounds that have an ability to prevent or alter the risk of serious ailments such as diabetes and heart disease.
Anti-allergy GM apples
Scientists are trying to engineer apples so that the most widely consumed fruit in Europe no longer triggers allergic reactions. But would people want to eat them?
Chemicals pollutants threaten health in the Arctic
Studies uncover risks and threats to Arctic inhabitant’s health that might be due to contaminants brought by warmer air and sea water currents resulting from climate change
Ari Asmi: Air pollution, another factor in global warming
Tiny particles impact our air quality and cause health problems, but European researchers have been discovering how these particles can also influence climate change.
Ragnar Löfstedt – To restore trust, food risk needs to be clear like water
In the wake of previous food scandals, the public no longer trusts the authorities or the food industry. Reversing the trend would require transparency regarding risk management.
Alex Richardson - Good foods make bad commodities
The current horse meat scandal should ring like an alarm bell regarding the need to be more considerate of the food we eat, in order to ultimately reduce our risks of contracting illnesses.
Brian Wynne: GMOs acceptance hinges on proven benefits
Acceptance of genetically modified organisms is a complex issue linked to public perception of their potential benefits.
Bacteria to spot pollution
Scientists are recruiting bacteria to spot pollutants spilling into our rivers and lakes.
Food Bug Forensic Tracking
Detective-style high-tech methods are being used in meat factories to trace harmful microbial contaminants.
Under the weather, literally
How climate change is likely to increase the occurrence of stomach bugs
Slashing mountains of food waste
Research examining every step of the food supply chain to cut down the unprecedented amounts of food wasted found that individual consumers need to be more involved
Profile: Kieran Jordan "Defeating food bug with killer viruses"
By targeting the listeria bacteria he is seeking how to improve the safety of our foods
Flood water in silico
Scientists are now using high-tech solutions to provide real-time forecast of the dangers of river floods caused by climate change and human activities to help avoid disasters