Prosecco Production Is Destroying Soil in Some Italian Vineyards

Sorry to burst your bubbly, prosecco lovers, but skyrocketing demand for the sparkling wine might be sapping northeastern Italy’s vineyards of precious soil — 400 million kilograms of it per year, researchers report in a study posted online January 10 at bioRxiv.org. That’s a lot of soil, but not an …

Sheep and Solar Panels? Not a Baaa-d Idea!

A new solar plant in Hawaii relies on a flock of sheep to keep vegetation from growing over its panels. The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative’s new 28MW facility in Lawai has employed the services of 300 of the animals to keep the former sugar plantation’s 155-acre fields suitably trimmed. The …

A New Study Reveals that Urban Green Spaces May Be an Antidote to Depression

A recent study shows that symptoms of depression can be reduced for people who have access to green spaces. Researchers in Philadelphia transformed vacant lots in the city into green spaces and found that adults living near these newly planted areas reported decreased feelings of depression, with the biggest impact …

Greek Wildfires: Dry Winter and Strong Winds Led to Tinderbox Conditions

An unusually dry winter, with less than average rainfall interspersed with localised flooding in some areas, is emerging as a major contributing factor to the wildfires that are ravaging the mainland of Greece. Lack of the expected steady rainfall in the winter months meant groundwater sources failed to recharge and …