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Environment

11/2/2016

Name a current environmental challenge. Global climate change? Loss of endangered species? What about soil contamination?

Soil pollution rarely makes headlines, though it is a prevalent...

10/10/2016

There are more chickens in the United States than people in the entire world. Raising huge numbers of chickens generates large quantities of waste. This waste includes feces, feather, and bedding...

10/5/2016

In 1990, many streams in Northern Ireland were so polluted they couldn’t sustain fish. “Farmers said they were worried about their cows drinking from them,” says water scientist...

9/28/2016

North Dakota's oil boom can have a salty side-effect. Wastewater from oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – is often laden with salts and can spill, contaminating...

9/14/2016

Plant scientist Ann Bybee-Finley says her first field experiment was humbling. ”I felt like a very small scientist in a very big world,” she said.

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9/7/2016

In the Southern Great Plains of the United States, plants have a lot to deal with. Long hot summers, strong winds, low rainfall, disease, and grazing animals challenge growth. Luckily, the plants...

8/31/2016

Available cropland, and the growing season, is limited. Strained soils are in need of rejuvenation. Water can be scarce. Yet the world’s...

8/24/2016

Growers always deal with precipitation amounts. Some get too much water. But for those in drought areas, scientists are working to create imaginative solutions that help the soil, have an economic...

8/10/2016

Adam Bray has spent a lot of time with kudzu bugs. “At night I would see them crawling when I closed my eyes,” he jokes.

The kudzu bug originated in east Asia and India and...

8/3/2016

Excess nitrogen from agricultural runoff can enter surface waters with devastating effects. Algal blooms and fish kills are a just a couple of possible consequences. But riparian buffer zones...