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Replenishing depleted soil with carbon dioxide from the air can combat climate change, if science, policy, and markets align.

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Vital soil organisms being harmed by pesticides, study shows

The tiny creatures are the 'unsung heroes' that keep soils healthy and underpin all life on land.


A warming world threatens Colombia’s coffee future

Colombia is the second-largest producer of Arabica coffee, but changing climate, soil, and precipitation patterns are already altering the harvest volume, production techniques, and even the taste of coffee.

The dirty truth: It takes coal to heal coal's scars on the landscape

Will the acid mine drainage that pollutes thousands of miles of streams in Pennsylvania and Western Maryland ever be erased? Will remaining coal waste piles, acidic streams, underground fires, dangerous high walls and barren soil ever be gone from the landscape?


EPA proposes groundwater and soil cleanup for Superfund site in York

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposed plan that outlines the proposed cleanup strategy to address contaminated site-wide groundwater and soil associated with the PCE Southeast Contamination Superfund Site in York.


What to do with Nomans Land?

Whether wildlife refuge, research destination, or restored traditional homeland, the fate of a bombed-out Massachusetts island is up for debate.

The economic case for restoring abandoned oil wells

A study published Monday in Nature Sustainability calculates that abandoned oil and gas wells cover more than 2 million acres of the U.S. And if that land is restored, it could deliver billions of dollars in benefit for a fraction of the cost of restoration.

The Irish farmer tackling nitrogen pollution

When it comes to nitrogen pollution, the modern way we farm is part of the problem. According to the Teagasc and the EPA over 90% of nitrous oxide emissions in Ireland comes from agriculture.


Oil drilling on sensitive New Mexico public lands puts drinking water, rare caves at risk

A National Geographic investigation has found that Permian Basin energy exploration could taint residential aquifers with pollutants—as well as Carlsbad Caverns and other cave systems.

Study: Climate change isn't causing drylands to get drier

The planet's drylands aren't getting drier as a result of global warming, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Scientists found a few key soil moisture-atmosphere feedback mechanisms are preventing Earth's drylands from becoming more arid.


Land subsidence 'will affect almost fifth of global population'

Subsidence, or the gradual sinking of land, could affect 19% of the world's population by 2040, according to new research funded by Unesco.


The social life of forests

Trees appear to communicate and cooperate through subterranean networks of fungi. What are they sharing with one another?

Farmers are facing a phosphorus crisis. The solution starts with soil.

Overuse of fertilizer has led to phosphorus shortages and water pollution. But farms might not need so much to grow healthy crops.

State to test soil, water for PFAS around Norlite incinerator

State Department of Environmental Conservation technicians in coming weeks will take soil and water samples around the Norlite aggregate plant to see if PFAS from firefighting foam incinerated there poses a pollution and possible health threat.


Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics can't delay smokestack upgrades, says NH DES

"We are tired of continually being polluted with toxic PFAS chemicals. This is our town and we demand clean water. Enough is enough."

From our Newsroom

The draw—and deadlines—of American denial

From vaccines to elections to climate change, denial is doing lasting damage to the country.

What do politicians have to say about 'Fractured?'

Here are the responses we've gotten so far from politicians about our study that found Pennsylvania families living near fracking wells are being exposed to high levels of harmful industrial chemicals.

Planting a million trees in the semi-arid desert to combat climate change

Tucson's ambitious tree planting goal aims to improve the health of residents, wildlife, and the watershed.

“Allow suffering to speak:” Treating the oppressive roots of illness

By connecting the dots between medical symptoms and patterns of injustice, we move from simply managing suffering to delivering a lasting cure.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Living near fracking wells is linked to higher rate of heart attacks: Study

Middle-aged men in Pennsylvania's fracking counties die from heart attacks at a rate 5% greater than their counterparts in New York where fracking is banned.

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