Is the way cattle are grazed the key to saving America's threatened prairies?

An unlikely alliance of cattlemen and conservationists is working to preserve biodiversity on grassland in Oregon.

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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.

Methane-eating bacteria could help decrease greenhouse gas emissions from thawing Arctic tundra

A new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change has discovered a type of methane-oxidizing bacteria living in upland Arctic soils that could potentially offset some of these emissions.

Can 'carbon smart' farming play a key role in the climate fight?

Flows of greenhouse gases into and out of soil are complex, and some scientists are questioning whether these efforts will actually help slow global warming.

Huge knowledge gap over health of soil

A vital knowledge gap about England’s environment has been uncovered by soil campaigners.

Scientists unlock key information about the world’s soil microbes

Scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder have created the first worldwide atlas of soil microbes, mapping 500 of the most common kinds of bacteria found in soil across the globe, from deserts to grasslands to wetlands.

Lee MacDonald: Post-fire mudslide problems aren’t new and likely to get worse

A watershed scientist explains why post-wildfire landscapes are so susceptible to landslides – and why those risks are poised to rise.

Soils reveal a hidden cost of farming, and fertilizers

For every ton of fertilizer farmers apply to fields in the United States, almost 1,200 pounds is wasted due to inefficiency, with almost 400 pounds of that waste flushing into streams and aquifers.

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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 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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