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.

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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."


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.

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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

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.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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