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    ‘Plastic Is Lethal’: Groundbreaking Report Reveals Health Risks at Every Stage in Plastics Life Cycle

    ‘Plastic Is Lethal’: Groundbreaking Report Reveals Health Risks at Every Stage in Plastics Life Cycle

    With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the world’s oceans every year, there is growing concern about the proliferation of plastics in the environment. Despite this, surprisingly little is known about the full impact of plastic pollution on human health. But a first-of-its-kind study released Tuesday sets out to change that. The study, Plastic […]

    Factory Farms Pollute the Environment and Poison Drinking Water

    Factory Farms Pollute the Environment and Poison Drinking Water

    By Daniel Ross Hurricane Florence, which battered the U.S. East Coast last September, left a trail of ruin and destruction estimated to cost between $17 billion and $22 billion. Some of the damage was all too visible—smashed homes and livelihoods. But other damage was less so, like the long-term environmental impacts in North Carolina from […]

    Protecting the World’s Wetlands: 5 Essential Reads

    Protecting the World’s Wetlands: 5 Essential Reads

    By Jennifer Weeks World Wetlands Day on Feb. 2 marks the date when 18 nations signed the Convention on Wetlands in 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Since that time, scientists have shown that wetlands provide many valuable services, from buffering coasts against floods to filtering water […]

    Soil Health: The Next Agricultural Revolution

    Soil Health: The Next Agricultural Revolution

    By adopting three practices—no-till farming, cover crops and diverse crop rotations—farmers worldwide can help preserve the world’s soils, feed a growing global population, mitigate climate change and protect the environment. This was the key message of a presentation by David Montgomery, professor of geology at the University of Washington, at the Iowa Organic Conference in […]

    How ‘Agricultural Intelligence’ Is Using Tech to Fight Climate Change

    How ‘Agricultural Intelligence’ Is Using Tech to Fight Climate Change

    By Karn Manhas Wildfires across North America, Europe and Australia. Animal species dying out at unprecedented rates. Extreme weather events. Rising sea levels. Climate change, long an invisible menace, exacted a very real toll in 2018. But beneath the surface lies another, widely overlooked link between these calamities: the way we grow our food. Agriculture […]

    Could a Green New Deal Boost the Farm and Food Justice Movement?

    Could a Green New Deal Boost the Farm and Food Justice Movement?

    By Eric Holt-Giménez Over eight decades ago, the Dust Bowl devastated over 100,000,000 acres of agricultural land and the Great Depression threw 15 million Americans out of work. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt instituted the New Deal with sweeping national programs for work, agriculture, food, and land conservation. Today, the plan for a Green New Deal […]

    Climate Change Is Shrinking Winter Snowpack and Harming Northeast Forests Year-Round

    Climate Change Is Shrinking Winter Snowpack and Harming Northeast Forests Year-Round

    By Andrew Reinmann and Pamela Templer Climate change often conjures up images of heat, drought and hurricanes. But according to the latest U.S. National Climate Assessment, released on Nov. 23, 2018, winters have warmed three times faster than summers in the Northeast in recent years. These changes are also producing significant effects. Historically, more than […]