Red meat plays vital role in diets, claims expert in fightback against veganism

As millions cut out animal products, farming conference hears that fruit and vegetables have been drained of nutrients Advocates of red meat will begin a fightback against the growth of veganism this week at the UKs biggest farming conference, with claims that eating lamb and beef is vital because some plants and fish are being drained of their nutrition. In a speech at the Oxford Farming Conference, Alice Stanton will tell ministers, farmers and environmentalists that key nutrients in some fruits, vegetables and grains have dropped by up to 50% over 50 years. Stanton, professor of cardiovascular pharmacology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, said nutrition levels had dropped because farmers were trying to meet a demand for …

Re-greening: can Louisville plant its way out of a heat emergency?

The Kentucky city is the fastest-warming urban heat island in the US and as its temperature has risen, its tree cover has plummeted There are parts of Louisville, Kentucky, that are enveloped in green, where towering trees arc over broad avenues and walkers, joggers and bikers enjoy beautiful parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the man who drew up plans for Manhattans Central Park. Even on the hottest days of summer, these neighbourhoods feel comparatively refreshing next to the more sun-baked quarters of the city, where shade is often an unavailable commodity on the street. Cities are their own climates, often hotter than their surroundings due to the way surfaces like asphalt trap heat even as cars and buildings exude …

Scientists develop slippery toilet coating to stop poo sticking

Spray-on surface could prevent bacteria building up and reduce household water use The toilet brush need never leave its holder again. Scientists have created a super-slippery coating that helps usher excrement on its way without leaving traces behind. The spray-on coating, which is slipperier than Teflon, reduces adhesion of even tenacious faeces by up to 90%, tests suggest, so far less water is needed to flush them away and leave the toilet clean. Researchers at Penn State University believe the coating could slash Writing in the journal Nature Sustainability, Wong, who has co-founded a company to sell the coating, describes how all of the comparison surfaces displayed extreme stickiness to the faeces, while the Less coating appeared to shed its …

Seafood company under investigation after allegations of animal abuse

Campaigners say animal welfare was disregarded at a salmon hatchery run by Cooke, one of the worlds largest seafood companies, in Maine A major global seafood company is under investigation by state officials in Maine after allegations of animal abuse. Undercover footage sustainability policy includes a pledge to raise fish with optimal care and consideration of animal welfare practices. Campaigners said animal welfare was disregarded at the Cooke facility in Maine. They said the video shows some of the salmon at the farm suffered from spinal deformities, and that some had fungus growth eating away at their faces. Workers also slammed and stomped on the fish, COK said. I watched as their bodies were slammed into the ground over and …