Baby Food Tests Find 68 Percent Contain ‘Worrisome’ Levels of Heavy Metals

Testing published by Consumer Reports (CR) Thursday found “concerning levels” of toxic metals in popular U.S. baby and toddler food. The consumer advocacy group tested 50 nationally-distributed, packaged foods designed for toddlers and babies for mercury, cadmium, arsenic and lead. They found that every product they tested had measurable amounts …

Wild-Caught Elephants Can Die Up to 7 Years Earlier

For the study, published Tuesday in Nature Communications, researchers studied records of 5,000 timber elephants in Myanmar to understand the effects of capture. They determined that capturing and taming wild-caught elephants resulted in a median lifespan that is 3–7 years shorter than their captive-born counterparts. “Capturing elephants to sustain captive …

Last Year Was Warmest Ever That Didn’t Feature an El Niño, Report Finds

Last year was the warmest ever recorded on Earth that didn’t feature an El Niño, a periodic climatic event that warms the Pacific Ocean, according to the annual state of the climate report by 500 climate scientists from around the world, overseen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) …

UK-India Announce £4.8m Nuclear Energy Research Projects

The UK and India have jointly announced four new awards worth £4.8 million for nuclear research. It is part of the Civil Nuclear Energy programme and projects will look into the next generation of more efficient and safer reactors, better predictive tools and better understand the effects that cyberattacks can …

Every Cotton T-Shirt Costs the Environment $3.40

Ma Earth is paying through its nose for the clothing we produce, according to a study that quantifies, for the first time, the price we exact from the ecosystem for our clothing. Case in point? Factoring in the use of water, fertilizer, and energy along the entire supply chain, a …

Can Norway Help Us Solve the Plastic Crisis, One Bottle at a Time?

Tens of thousands of brightly coloured plastic drinks bottles tumble from the back of a truck on to a conveyor belt before disappearing slowly inside a warehouse on the outskirts of Oslo. As a workman picks up a few Coke bottles that have escaped, Kjell Olav Maldum looks on. “It …

Could Swapping Rice for Other Grains Help Solve India’s Water Crisis?

A study published in Science Advances Wednesday offers a potential solution to India’s growing nutritional and water needs: replace rice with less thirsty, more nutrititious cereals. The study found that by replacing the rice grown in each district with the grain that required the least water for irrigation, India could …