Heidi Steltzer: We need to direct more science research dollars to rural America

If rural residents elect influential politicians who distrust science, U.S. leadership on global issues suffers. Our nation and others are exposed to greater risk around issues like climate change and pandemic response.

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Climate

With coronavirus roiling food supply, local agriculture seeks resurgence

Coronavirus outbreaks in meatpacking facilities and shortages in groceries are driving some consumers to reconsider local food options.

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Climate

Your backyard could help reduce global warming

Australian researchers found during an extreme heatwave that backyard gardens lowered land surface temperatures by five to six degrees Celsius more than similar non-vegetated areas.

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Toxics

There’s a giant dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico - thanks in large part to pollution from Chicago

Just off the coast of Louisiana, where the Mississippi River lets out into the Gulf of Mexico, an enormous algae bloom, fueled by fertilizer from Midwestern farm fields and urban sewage, creates an area so devoid of oxygen it's uninhabitable to most marine life every summer.

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Toxics

Has Utah’s inversion season arrived? Proof is in the pollution. Just look outside.

Utah’s inversion season officially started Nov. 1, and, almost on cue, Salt Lake County’s first inversion of 2019-2020 began building that afternoon.
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Food

Land O'Lakes CEO Beth Ford and the changing landscape of America's farms

Lesley Stahl speaks with Land O'Lakes CEO Beth Ford about the challenges facing farmers today, the opportunities technology offers and what it's like to be the only openly gay, female CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

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Climate

Beset by drought, Indonesia to start cloud seeding to induce rain

After more than six weeks without rain, Indonesia will soon start cloud seeding in an effort to kickstart precipitation and end an El Niño-driven drought that has put 50,000 acres of crops at risk of harvest failure.

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Climate

Revealed: Rampant deforestation of Amazon driven by global greed for meat

Investigation exposes how Brazil's huge beef sector continues to threaten health of world's largest rainforest.

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Climate

States reach drought pact as largest user protests

The Colorado River's seven states yesterday inked agreements for managing the river in the face of climate change and increasing droughts, meaning the Bureau of Reclamation will not move ahead with federally imposed restrictions on the water source for 40 million people and millions of acres of farmland.
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Justice

Miguel Altieri: How urban agriculture can improve food security in US cities

Urban farming can make it easier for city residents to obtain healthy, affordable food. But to raise big yields from small pieces of land, farmers need training and support.
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Climate

Midwest farms will suffer says federal climate change report

New federal climate change report released Nov. 23 outlines impacts on Midwest agricultural economies. Crop failure, heat exhaustion and pests were mentioned.
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Originals

Industry studies show evidence of bias and misleading conclusions on widely used insecticide: Scientists

Researchers who examined Dow Chemical Company-sponsored animal tests performed two decades ago on the insecticide chlorpyrifos found inaccuracies in what the company reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compared to what the data showed.

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Water

How the Farm Bureau’s climate agenda Is failing its farmers

That agenda has left farmers ill-prepared to cope with effects of climate change—droughts, heat and storms—while neglecting a key climate solution.
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Reevaluating fish consumption advisories during the COVID-19 pandemic: Analysis

Our current crisis reaffirms the importance of weighing the health benefits of eating fish against chemical exposure risks.

PFAS-free firefighting foams: Are they safer?

A small-scale certification effort could offer a path forward.

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An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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