The herbicide dicamba was supposed to solve farmers’ weed problems – instead, it’s making farming harder for many of them

In 2021, thousands of U.S. growers reported to the Environmental Protection Agency that dicamba sprayed by other farmers – sometimes up to a mile and a half away – damaged crops in their fields. Complaints came from all over the country.

From the Amazon, Indigenous Peoples offer new compass to navigate climate change

Universities in western Canada began another school year under the cloud of two imminent threats: wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. These are not just local issues, but global issues, not only because they are happening all over the world, but also because some of their root causes — including ecological destruction and dispossession of marginalized, especially Indigenous, peoples — are not concerned with borders.

We created the first AI-powered solar electricity backup system for houses in sub-Saharan Africa

When the collapse of Zimbabwe’s electricity grid on December 14 2021 plunged most of the country into a blackout, Zimbabweans feared that they would have to spend Christmas in the dark. Much to their relief, two days later, the utility company restored a major power station and announced that there would be “minimal scheduled power cuts during the festive season”.

From Milan to Glasgow, young Moroccans commit to fighting climate change

A new way to recycle large amounts of coffee grounds; a platform connecting young African activists; technology to produce electricity from ocean waves or recycle plastic. A new energy-efficient construction method – an innovative carpooling app. 

Net zero: UK government sued for weak strategy – so here’s what makes a good climate change plan

Two-thirds of countries have now committed to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions at some point this century. During 2021, the share of large companies with net zero commitments jumped from one in five to one in three.

With fewer animals to spread their seeds, plants could have trouble adapting to climate change

Today the Earth is losing species at a rapid rate, potentially representing the sixth mass extinction in its history. In a newly published study, we examine what this loss means for seed dispersal, focusing on birds and mammals that disperse fleshy-fruited plants.



Use of HIV prevention treatments is very low among Southern Black gay men

Date: 14 Jan 2022 Author: Oluwafemi Atanda Adeagbo Xiaoming Li The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Use of antiretroviral treatments to prevent HIV infection – called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP – is very low among high-risk populations with poor access to HIV care, especially Black men in the SouthContinue reading “Use of HIV prevention treatments is very low among Southern Black gay men”