In this edited extract from The Future is Fungi: How Fungi Can Feed Us, Heal Us, and Save Our World, we highlight mushrooms and other fungi that are used for food, medicine and their psychotropic effects To best appreciate the importance of fungi, let’s start at the intersection of science and history. Fungi diverged from animals one billion years ago. So close are the … [Read more...] about The future is fungi
Why do heatwaves happen, and how is climate change impacting them? What is a heatwave? According to the UK Met Office, a heatwave is 'an extended period of hot weather relative to the expected conditions of the area at that time of year, which may be accompanied by high humidity'. In the UK, a heatwave is deemed to have occurred when temperatures exceed or meet the … [Read more...] about Geo explainer: What causes heatwaves?
Photographer Andrew Newey visits the Changthang Plateau, the world's highest permanently inhabited land, where farmers produce pashmina wool – a high-end product now under threat At an altitude of more than 4,000 metres, where winter temperatures can fall to –40°C, it’s difficult to believe that anyone or anything can survive in the vast ice desert that is the … [Read more...] about The cashmere crisis of the Changthang Plateau
In India's Punjab region, the widows of men who died by suicide, fight for a better future Sukjeet Kaur was making rotis for breakfast while her children, Sahal Preet and Akash, who were nine and seven at the time, were getting ready for school. The food was ready, but her husband, Jagmail Singh, still hadn’t shown up. He was taking a bath, she thought, or maybe he was … [Read more...] about The resolute widows of Punjab farmers driven to suicide by relentless debt
The world's drinking water supply is at risk and desalination plants are set to make more saltwater potable. But to make the process sustainable and affordable, new and improved technologies need to be further developed It was the end of a fight that lasted for almost a decade. On 12 May 2022, the California Coastal Commission, which has a legal mandate to protect the … [Read more...] about The future of desalination