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How science is replacing pigs: Flood forecasting in the Philippines

When monsoon rains arrive in the Philippines the floodwaters rise and for some, the cries of pigs raise the alarm. Already this year, hundreds of thousands of people living in the Metropolitan Manila area have been forced to leave their homes to escape the water. But increasingly, knowing more about the science behind how and when the floods will come Read full article »

Issac tar balls came from BP oil spill, tests confirm

Laboratory proves globs of oil found on two Louisiana beaches after hurricane Isaac came from the 2010 Gulf oil spill Read full article »

Deepwater Horizon: BP accused of gross negligence     Read full article »

BP oil spill: Louisiana ruin remains Read full article »

Future foods: What will we be eating in 20 years’ time?

Volatile food prices and a growing population mean we have to rethink what we eat, say food futurologists. So what might we be serving up in 20 years' time? It's not immediately obvious what links Nasa, the price of meat and brass bands, but all three are playing a part in shaping what we will eat in the future and how Read full article »

Eye on Philippines Read full article »

‘Huge’ water resource exists under Africa

Scientists say the notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a vast reservoir of groundwater. They argue that the total volume of water in aquifers underground is 100 times the amount found on the surface. The team have produced the most detailed map yet of the scale and potential of this hidden resource. Read full article »

Tar Sands Oil Extraction – The Dirty Truth

Environmental devastation of the land, water, and air - the largest industrial energy project in the world is extracting crude oil from bitumen found beneath the pristine boreal forest of Alberta, Canada. Read full article »

Mud, mud, glorious vanishing mud

Soil, dirt, mud or earth. Whatever you call it, it is rapidly disappearing and that could have huge knock-on effects for farming and the food that we eat. Read full article »

Paul Gilding: The Earth is full Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of devastating consequences, in a talk that's equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful. Read full article »

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