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New high-tech vertical farm opens in the UK

Man holds a lettuce growing under artificial light on a shelf

What’s going on here? The world’s largest vertical farm has opened in Gloucestershire, growing salad leaves three times faster than a regular farm can. It’s an indoor farm where produce grows in stacks of trays up to 15 high. It’s kept at a balmy 27 degrees with 75% humidity and has 14,500 square metres of growing space. What does this mean? This…

A warm 2023 causes plants to flower throughout winter

Small flower blossoms emerging from a snowy ground

What’s going on here? Have you noticed more flowers blooming through winter? Data from the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland shows that 2024 has seen more flowering plants than usual, thanks to unusually high temperatures in 2023. What does this mean? The 2024 Hunt ran from December 30th 2023 to the 2nd of January, and the results have just been released…

Melting Arctic reveals “zombie viruses” that could trigger another pandemic

A frozen scene of snow covered hills and icy sea, in low light with a moon just visible against the pink sky

What’s going on here? Scientists have warned that melting permafrost in Siberia, northern Russia, could unleash ancient viruses and trigger another pandemic. These “zombie viruses”, also known as Methuselah microbes, have been frozen for thousands of years but could still have the potential to infect humans. What does this mean? As the name suggests, permafrost is frozen the majority of the time.…

COP28 roundup: the promising, the cringe and the downright scary

Placard saying "one world" with picture of the globe

What’s going on here? The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28 to its friends) has published its long-awaited and much-anticipated deal. After nearly a fortnight of talks, gaffes and disappointments, governments have agreed to “transition away” from fossil fuels. What does this mean? COP28 was hosted in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Its aim was to agree a new climate action…