Trawling for a sustainable future with smarter nets

Commonly used bottom-trawling commercial nets can wreck the sea floor and waste huge amounts of unwanted or undersized fish, caught alongside target species. Now French researchers are pioneering smart, AI nets with cameras, able to identify, sort and separate a catch before it’s landed. Other nets can even attract or repel different certain species with different coloured netting and lights.

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A less damaging way to grow rice?

Traditional rice farming consumes nearly a third of the world’s freshwater supplies, and accounts for the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as the entire aviation industry, pre-pandemic. New strains of rice and a new farming method could help combat the problem, but convincing farmers and governments of the benefits they offer remains a challenge.

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