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Mark Lynas: Oxitec expands production of GMO mosquito

Oxitec — a company that seeks to control pest insects through their genetics — has announced that it will invest $9.88 million to mass-produce one billion genetically modified mosquito eggs per week at a new state-of-the-art facility at its United Kingdom headquarters...

2017-10-26 18:09   Click to comment

Mark Lynas: Is feedlot beef better for the environment?

If everyone in the world went vegan, it would solve both the greenhouse gas and biodiversity problems almost overnight. Evidence shows that if people adopted entirely plant-based diets, the planet could easily support a population of 7 billion while at...

2017-09-18 13:12   Click to comment

Mark Lynas: Experts find climate-skeptic and anti-GMO studies are scientifically flawed

By Mark Lynas Although many papers have been published claiming that genetically engineered (GMO) foods are harmful and that humans aren’t changing the climate, not a single one of them stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny. With the recent uptick...

2017-09-18 13:09   Click to comment

Mark Lynas: Now we have a moral duty to talk about climate change

(CNN)- This is what climate change looks like. Entire metropolitan areas — Houston in the United States and Mumbai in India — submerged in catastrophic floods. Record-breaking rainfall: Harvey’s 50-plus inches of torrential deluge set a new national tropical cyclone...

2017-08-31 12:41   Click to comment

Mark Lynas: Trump’s stupidity on climate change will galvanize environmentalists

Withdrawing from the Paris climate accord is about the only predictable — even rational — move that President Trump has made since taking office. Following embarrassing reversals on the Mexican wall, the Muslim immigration ban and other signature policies, he sees rejecting accepted...

2017-06-02 10:00   Click to comment

Mark Lynas: Shadows and mirrors: GMOs in China

Sometimes I hear scientists in the West — especially those who have had their lives made difficult by anti-GMO activists — say they wish things were as straightforward as they are in China, where political dissent is not tolerated and...

2017-05-17 11:00   Click to comment

Mark Lynas: Launching a global pro-science movement

The date April 22, 2017 may go down in history as a world first. Not only was it the first time that scientists took to the streets to march in defense of the most basic values — evidence and truth...

2017-04-26 11:00   Click to comment

Mark Lynas: Tanzania is burning GM corn while people go hungry

Bad science costs lives It’s late afternoon in Makutupora and technicians wearing blue overalls pour sacks of maize onto a bonfire. They exchange a few wistful looks as the flames consume the grain. After all, this is good food, and...

2017-04-19 10:00   Click to comment

Mark Lynas: Scientists to take to the streets in global march for truth

Scientists and science supporters will take to the streets in a global March for Science on 22 April . What began as a small Facebook group in the US capital, Washington DC has spiralled into a global phenomenon that will now see...

2017-04-18 10:00   Click to comment

Mark Lynas: Trump’s climate policies put China in charge of our future

  In a rational world, people would take climate change more and more seriously as real-world evidence for its damaging effects mount. The dying of the Great Barrier Reef; the crippling, ongoing drought in East Africa; the thawing of Arctic ice. All of these...

2017-03-28 10:00   Click to comment

Mark Lynas: Drought-tolerant maize shows promise in Tanzania

Tanzania’s first-ever genetically modified crop — a field trial of drought-tolerant maize intended to benefit small-scale farmers suffering the effects of climate change — is proceeding well and will be harvested imminently, according to scientists overseeing the trial for the...

2017-02-14 11:36   Click to comment

Mark Lynas: A tribute to Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling had a way with numbers. A health practitioner, teacher and statistician, he challenged millions of peoples’ preconceptions about basic issues like poverty and population growth. He did this not by giving standard power point lectures or showing endless...

2017-02-08 11:54   Click to comment

Mark Lynas: 2016 breaks global heat records

Scientists from three different agencies have announced that 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded, setting an annual temperature record for the third year in a row. It is now thought likely that 2016 was the warmest year since the...

2017-01-19 12:08   Click to comment

Mark Lynas: Peak Farmland Is an Ecological Imperative

A Response to Breakthrough’s Essay on Precision Agriculture Along with rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reaching ‘peak farmland’ is probably the world’s most important environmental objective. However, it is far less well-known, and is not advocated as a target to...

2016-12-18 09:00   Click to comment


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