Estimates of future Upper Colorado River Basin water use confound planning, report shows

Some water experts fear that a long-held aspiration to develop more water in the Upper Colorado River Basin is creating another chance to let politics and not science lead the way on river management.

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Lawsuit targets air pollution from Maryland chicken industry

Maryland has enacted some of the nation's toughest water-quality regulations to prevent the $2.7 billion chicken industry from polluting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Citrus growers may soon have a new way to fight back against a deadly enemy

Citrus greening has decimated Florida's industry and the infection is spreading in California. But a novel treatment, still in the testing phase, may suppress the disease and give trees immunity.

'Run the oil industry in reverse': Fighting climate change by farming kelp

A Maine startup is drawing high-profile support for its low-tech plan to soak up carbon emissions. It says its kelp farms will sink to the ocean floor and lock the carbon away for millennia.

How the loss of soil is sacrificing America's natural heritage

A new study points to a stunning loss of topsoil in the Corn Belt — the result of farming practices that have depleted this once-fertile ground.

Natural pasture spray helps farmers reduce emissions and improve production

Scientist Nathan Balasingham says a pasture spray he has developed can reduce methane emissions from livestock and make them more productive, but he is struggling to get widespread farmer support.


Federal judge to fine PA poultry plant as 'deterrent to others'

A federal judge has ruled that a Pennsylvania chicken processing plant polluted a stream, the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay with nutrients and should be fined "as a deterrent to others."

How Biden can rein in the Big Meat monopoly

The meat industry is bad for farmers, workers, consumers, animals, and the environment. It should be the next target in Democrats’ antitrust push.

Environmentalists make long-shot attempt to ban new factory farms

Iowa has a poop problem. The Hawkeye State's pigs, cows and chickens produce about as much waste as 134 million people - nearly the population of Russia.

Will the climate crisis tap out the Colorado River?

Water availability is going from bad to worse in the seven states that rely on the drought-stricken river.

Meatless school menu sparks political row in France

A decision by the Green mayor of Lyon, seen by many as the country's culinary capital, to temporarily take meat off the menu in school canteens during the coronavirus pandemic has sparked a major political row in France.

Climate change threatens Pa.’s farmers. How growers treat their soil could help them adapt

Some advocates look to so-called “regenerative agriculture” as a big part of mitigating the effects of climate change. For farmers, it might just be good business.

Tom Vilsack confirmed by the Senate as Agriculture Secretary

The former Iowa Governor served in the same role for eight years in the Obama Administration, and has pledged to focus on racial justice and climate change.

Climate change threatens Pennsylvania’s farmers

Rain can be friend or foe to a farmer. It all depends on how much is falling.

Donations to Black-led food and land organizations shift from charitable giving to true reparations

Transferring wealth to Black-led groups is a particularly potent form of reparations with immediate benefits to communities of color.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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