Milk is consumed by 80% of the world's population, with growing numbers turning to organic options. This research article in Foods explores the benefits and challenges of organic milk.

"That argument [for nature-based solutions that keep stormwater in the ground] has to an extent been won."

This is according to Clare Donnelly, lead architect on the Thames Tideway project to divert sewage outflows from London's main river.

The podcast host asks her about working with others such as city planners to boost more development projects that can absorb stormwater on site rather than rely on grey infrastructure tunnelling. 

She replies with some encouraging news for those working with city staff anywhere: nature-based solutions are the future, and are happening already, in the UK.

This for the podcast The Urbanist by Monocle magazine.

https://monocle.com/radio/shows/the-urbanist/643/london-s-thames-tideway-tunnel/

Of course pregnant women should avoid environmental toxins. New research shows men can be affected to, with pesticides such as DDT (yes it still exists) affecting sperm in ways that can harm the child's development.

 

https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/are-environmental-toxins-putting-future-generations-risk-355225

Biodiversity just got a huge boost in the UK, thanks to a new law requiring all new development results in BNG, or biodiversity net gain.

 

Spraying synthetic insecticides on plants affects more than the insects and plants. It also appears to lower the sperm count of humans nearby, according to a meta-study published in Environmental Health Perspectives. https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/EHP12678

If you've noticed fewer bugs in recent times, you're not alone. Plants are apparently also attuned to the decline and may be responding in alarming ways. For one, by producing fewer or smaller flowers. In other words, giving up on pollinators in favour of evolving towards self-pollination. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/20/flowers-giving-up-on-scarce-insects-and-evolving-to-self-pollinate-say-scientists