1. Eyjafjallajökull eruption, 2010
An exotic new swear word echoed through European airports in April and May of 2010. Cries of "Eyjafjallajökull!" — it's pronounced "ay-uh-fyat-luh-yo-cootl-uh," hardly a four-letter word — referred to an Icelandic volcano whose massive ash emissions (pictured) drifted into transatlantic and European airspace, posing a hazard to aircraft engines. The result? The largest air-traffic shutdown since World War II, with more than 100,000 cancellations affecting around 10 million passengers. This was undoubtedly a drag for fliers, but the cost to the airline industry? Close to $2 billion. So that's why the dry roasted almonds aren't free anymore ...
More and more, farmers are managing pests with biopesticides, natural combatants that come from sources like bugs, plants, and bacteria. In the 1970s a... More More and more, farmers are managing pests with biopesticides, natural combatants that come from sources like bugs, plants, and bacteria. In the 1970s and '80s, scientists used a parasitic wasp from South America to manage a mealy bug infestation threatening Africa’s important cassava crop. By 2050 we'll need to feed two billion more people. Click here for a special eight-month series exploring how we can do that—without overwhelming the planet: http://food.nationalgeographic.com. Watch more Food by the Numbers videos: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/foodbynumbers/
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