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.
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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."

Joint venture looks to invest billions in 'natural capital' projects to help combat climate change

A push to better recognise the economic value of "natural capital" – water systems, biodiversity, soil and carbon stores – has prompted the creation of what aims to be the world's largest investment firm dedicated to projects that help the planet.

With better soil, farmers can fight climate change, make agriculture more sustainable

Climate change is forcing farmers to make adjustments to ensure their crops can withstand evolving weather conditions. At the same time, many aspects of agriculture - from tilling to raising livestock - contribute to increased levels of carbon in the atmosphere, which exacerbates global warming.

Global warming could unlock carbon from tropical soil

Warming soils in the tropics could cause microbes to release carbon dioxide from storage. One scientist called the finding "another example of why we need to worry more."

Could paying farmers to store carbon help the climate and save farms?

The tech world is salivating over the idea. But some experts warn it's a field of dreams.

Alberta First Nations appeal suspension of environmental monitoring in oilpatch

Three northern Alberta First Nations are asking to appeal the province's suspension of environmental monitoring in the oilpatch because it "fails to come close" to being a reasonable decision.

Officials: Long-delayed soil cleanup at Bethpage ballfield to start

The shuttered Bethpage Community Park ballfield, a persistent symbol of Grumman pollution, is inching closer to a long-awaited cleanup.

Soil pathogens rise as temperatures do

Pathogenic plant fungi are likely to multiply and spread as rising temperatures warm soils, which will add to the challenges of maintaining world food production alongside other climate change-driven crises and a burgeoning human population.

Your local lake stores a surprising amount of carbon in its depths

Carbon dioxide and methane are potent greenhouse gases. On land, soils store a huge amount of carbon - about twice as much as the atmosphere - but they're not the only terrestrial carbon sink.

West Gate Tunnel: PFAS soil stockpiles sitting in Melbourne's inner-west

Thousands of tonnes of PFAS-contaminated soil are being stored outdoors under plastic sheets in Melbourne's inner-west, as the toxic soil crisis continues to loom over the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel project.

3M will drill, test for PFAS contamination at Alabama school site

3M Co. said it will begin drilling and collecting deep-soil samples in Alabama as it searches for PFAS chemicals it dumped decades ago at a former landfill site that later became a middle school.


Environmental priorities shift after Erie Coke shutdown

DEP testing in July found contaminants at Erie Coke site were generally within safe levels.

Arsenic found in Sag Harbor Learning Center soil

The Sag Harbor School District removed about 300 tons of soil from behind the Sag Harbor Learning Center in May, and it tested positive for the presence of arsenic.

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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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