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Farmer Achille Crespiatico assesses damages to his corn field due to a severe drought in Spino d'Adda, as Italy is hit by the worst drought in 70 years. Photo: Piero Cruciatti / AFP
Farmer Achille Crespiatico assesses dama... […]

Driest July in memory imperils Europe’s crops

As much of Europe bakes in a third heatwave since June, fears are growing that extreme drought driven by climate change in the continent's breadbasket nations will dent stable crop yields and deepen the cost-of-living crisis. 
Festival-goers use a urinal on the opening day of the 19th Eurockeennes Festival in Belfort, France, on June 29, 2007. Photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek / AFP / File
Festival-goers use a urinal on the openi... […]

Can pee help to feed the world?

Human urine may seem like a crude way of fertilising plants in the era of industrial agriculture, but as researchers look for ways to reduce reliance on chemicals, some are growing increasingly interested in the potential of pee
People look at the estuary of the river Sava emptying into the Danube in Belgrade on September 11, 2020. Belgrade is the only European capital to pour unfiltered waste water straight into the continent's second-longest river. Photo: Oliver Bunic / AFP
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Brown Danube: How Belgrade’s sewers taint Europe’s famous river

Just down the road from Belgrade's historic city centre, gates open for trucks to pass to the banks of the Danube, where they dump raw sewage into Europe's venerated river