Excess fertilizer causes a new challenge: Low crop yields during drought

New research suggests that farmers who over-fertilize grassland crops like corn and wheat could face significant problems in dry conditions.
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Jesse Frost wants to help produce farmers stop tilling their soil

The farmer and author of 'The Living Soil Handbook' talks about reducing labor, repairing ecosystems, and boosting photosynthesis by cutting out tillage on produce farms.

My island does not want to be resilient. We want a reclamation.

I come from an island that basks under the watch of a life-giving sun. Her Sunday mornings shake in the wake of a boisterous chinchorreo, or quiver to the rhythmic chants of worship and prayer.

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Mi isla no quiere ser resiliente. Queremos una recuperación.

Vengo de una isla que se baña bajo la mirada de un sol que da vida. Sus mañanas de domingo se agitan al ritmo de un bullicioso chinchorreo, o se estremecen con los rítmicos cánticos de la adoración y la oración.

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Heat waves and climate change pose huge risk to workers

The Labor Department is looking at new regulations while workers, particularly in the West, suffer through a brutal summer.

Florida swamped by red tide – but is fertilizer plant spill making it worse?

Piles of dead fish, dolphins, turtles and manatees are rotting on the shorelines of coastal Florida in a soup of reddish brown ocean water after a devastating so-called "red tide" algal bloom struck sea life in the region.

Canada’s farmers brace for new heat wave as scorching summer leaves cherries roasting on trees

As devastating heat waves sweep swaths of the globe, farmers in Canada are facing a crippling phenomenon: Crops are baking in fields.

‘Sustainable isn’t a thing’: Why regenerative agriculture is food’s latest buzzword

Everyone from small farms to McDonald’s is getting involved in regenerative agriculture. Could it point the way to a better future for farming?

'We are so unprepared': Extreme heat fueled by climate change putting farmworkers' lives on the line

As extreme temps become more common because of climate change, advocates and sympathetic lawmakers worry about the future of farmworking in America.

'In hell': Nowhere has been drier than this stretch of Texas

In North Texas, like much of rural America, worsening drought remains for many an act of God, rather than a catastrophe linked to human behavior.

Washington governor calls it the ‘summer of climate change’ as West Coast to be hit with another heatwave

The governor of Washington has declared that it is the "summer of climate change" as he made a drought emergency declaration in the midst of deadly heatwave.

Deadly heat: How rising temperatures threaten workers from Nicaragua to Nepal

As scorching temperatures spread, the search for ways to protect against heat stress is becoming ever more urgent.

How the drought is affecting California’s crops

The drought is pummeling many of California's varied agricultural industries particularly hard, as farmers and ranchers contemplate a future without - or with much less - water.

The smoke comes every year. Sugar companies say the air is safe

To harvest more than half of America’s cane sugar, billion-dollar companies set fire to fields, a money-saving practice that’s being banned by other countries. Some residents say they struggle to breathe, so we started tracking air quality.
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Breast cancer: Hundreds of chemicals identified as potential risk factors

Researchers find nearly 300 chemicals linked to breast cancer-contributing hormones in everyday products, and call for a renewed focus on women's exposure risks.

Measuring Houston’s environmental injustice from space

Satellites show communities of color are far more exposed to pollution in Houston, offering a potential new way to close data gaps and tackle disparities.

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.

The real story behind PFAS and Congress’ effort to clean up contamination: Op-ed

Former EPA official Jim Jones sets the record straight on 'the forever chemical' as lawmakers take up the PFAS Action Act

Climate activists pan carbon capture plans

'There are still no projects operating anywhere in the world that have delivered on time, on budget, or in the quantities promised.'

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