Phosphorus in our pee — the new gold?

Phosphorus is essential for growing crops, but global reserves are shrinking fast.

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We’re not fixing this environmental crisis. One ditch in Indiana could provide a solution

The chemicals we rely on to grow food often end up poisoning the planet and threatening the lives of many species on it, including ours. One place in the country has found a fix for this dilemma.


Court blocks Trump's plan to ease bird protections on oil lands

A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration's plans to ease protections on an iconic western bird's habitat -- and open it to oil and gas exploration.

Phosphate fertiliser 'crisis' threatens world food supply

The world faces an "imminent crisis" in the supply of phosphate, a critical fertiliser that underpins the world's food supply, scientists have warned. Use of essential rock phosphate has soared, but scientists fear it could run out within a few decades.


This year’s wild, wet spring is feeding massive blobs of toxic algae

Including a Massachusetts-sized dead zone projected to appear in the Gulf of Mexico.

Superman coral in Red Sea can take climate change but not sewage too, scientists warn

Hardy Red Sea coral was voted most likely to survive global warming, but even it can't overcome explosive algal growth fed by effluence and the rise in floodwaters.


Commentary: Farming for a small planet

People yearn for alternatives to industrial agriculture, but they are worried.

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