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The swollen Red River engulfs farmyards in this aerial file photo. River floods will be a growing risk as the climate warms, scientists say.

Warming will put millions more at flood risk

The risks are greatest where governments lack the funds to improve infrastructure

Thomson Reuters Foundation – Unless countries urgently boost their flood defences, millions more people will be at risk from river flooding in the next 20 years. Scientists say as global warming increases, so will the likelihood of severe rainfall. In Asia, the numbers at risk will more than double to 156 million, up from 70

Biotechnology could soon replace roses and other natural scents with a chemical compound grown from yeast or bacteria that is virtually indistinguishable.

A yeast by any other name…

Science promises yeast as a source for sweet smells, but farmers may wrinkle their noses

Scientists are predicting that the familiar taste of vanilla or smell of roses, along with thousands of other scents and flavours, will increasingly come from a very unfamiliar source — yeast — a trend that is worrying some farming experts. A revolution in science means the DNA of plants can be transferred into yeast, bacteria



Almost all food is packaged, creating a lot of waste. But what if that packaging was edible?

Eat your package

Edible packaging could reduce waste and improve food storability

Scientists are developing an edible form of packaging which they hope will preserve food more effectively and more sustainably than plastic film, helping to cut both food and plastic waste. The packaging film is made of a milk protein called casein, scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture said at a meeting of the American