Monitoring the world’s fishing fleets for labor abuse and illegal fishing can be as challenging as the oceans are vast, but new data could help companies and countries intervene more effectively. A Stanford University-led paper published in Nature Communications identifies the regions and ports at highest risk for labor abuse and illegal fishing and indicates two main risk factors: the country that a vessel is registered to, also known as its “flag state,” and the type of fishing gear the vessel carries onboard. The results offer policymakers and regulators a set of vessel characteristics and regions to pay more attention to when sourcing seafood.
- Nature Communications
Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a pollen-based ‘paper’ that, after being printed on, can be ‘erased’ and reused multiple times without any damage to the paper.
- Advanced Materials
The first ever Global Amphibian and Reptile Disease (GARD) Conference hopes to reveal solutions by bringing together scientists from across the world who specialize in herpetofauna diseases and their management. This inaugural conference will be hosted at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The GARD Conference will be a hybrid event held from August 4-10, 2022, with in-person attendance at the UT Conference Center. Online participation is also available.
- University of Tennessee
A groundbreaking PNAS study reveals that without birds and bees working together, some traveling thousands of miles, coffee farmers would see a whopping 25% drop in crop yields. Coffee is bigger and more plentiful when birds and bees team up to protect and pollinate coffee plants. The study is also the first to show, with real-world experiments, that the contributions of nature—ie. from bees and birds—are larger combined than their individual contributions. This suggests researchers may be underestimating how much the environment benefits society.
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Despite Detroit's reputation as a mecca for urban agriculture, a new University of Michigan-led analysis of the city's Lower Eastside, which covers 15 square miles, found that community and private gardens occupy less than 1% of the vacant land.
- National Science Foundation
Smokers have a lower chance of surviving a heart attack than non-smokers, according to new data compiled by researchers at Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid.
- Experimental Biology 2022