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    How to Turn Your Patch of Earth From Barren to Bountiful

    How to Turn Your Patch of Earth From Barren to Bountiful

    By Courtney Lindwall Growing your own juicy tomatoes or crisp peppers sounds idyllic. But in practice, backyard farming can be daunting. Many gardeners dealing with pests, weeds and unpredictable weather quickly find themselves questioning whether they are working with nature or against it. Just ask John and Molly Chester, who bought a sandy, barren plot […]

    Washington Becomes First State to Legalize Human Body Composting

    Washington Becomes First State to Legalize Human Body Composting

    Washington became the first U.S. state to legalize human composting Tuesday, offering residents a more environmentally friendly way to dispose of their remains, AFP reported. The bill, signed by Governor and climate-focused presidential candidate Jay Inslee, would allow people who die in Washington after May 2020 to forgo burial or cremation and have their bodies […]

    Hydropower Dams Can Harm Coastal Areas Far Downstream

    Hydropower Dams Can Harm Coastal Areas Far Downstream

    By Paula Ezcurra and Octavio Aburto Thousands of hydroelectric dams are under construction around the world, mainly in developing countries. These enormous structures are one of the world’s largest sources of renewable energy, but they also cause environmental problems. Hydropower dams degrade water quality along rivers. Water that flows downstream from the dams is depleted […]

    Scientists Create First Ever Map of ‘Wood Wide Web’

    Scientists Create First Ever Map of ‘Wood Wide Web’

    For the first time ever, scientists have made a complete map of the “wood wide web,” the underground network of bacteria and fungi that connects trees and passes nutrients from the soil to their roots, as Science Magazine explained. The paper, published in Nature Thursday, draws on a database of more than 1.1 million forest […]

    Nearly All National Parks Are Suffering From Air Pollution

    Nearly All National Parks Are Suffering From Air Pollution

    Ninety-six percent of America’s national parks have significant air pollution issues ranging from unhealthy breathing conditions to contaminated soils and waterways, according to a new report released by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). National Parks Conservation Association “When people think of iconic parks like Joshua Tree or the Grand Canyon, they think of unspoiled […]

    Arctic Laughing Gas Emissions Could Accelerate Global Warming

    Arctic Laughing Gas Emissions Could Accelerate Global Warming

    By Tim Radford Scientists have identified yet another hazard linked to the thawing permafrost: laughing gas. A series of flights over the North Slope of Alaska has detected unexpected levels of emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide from the rapidly warming soils. Nitrous oxide, which chemists know also as laughing gas, is an estimated […]