Environment


soil samples of different colors
May 11, 2014

Carbon is an important component of all living things. It’s fundamental to energy capture in photosynthesis for plants. It’s in the...

No-till corn field
May 05, 2014

For the past 20 years, researchers have published soil organic carbon sequestration rates. Many of these findings have suggested that soil organic...

Ohio map showing arsenic levels
April 25, 2014

Geologic and soil processes are to blame for significant baseline levels of arsenic in soil throughout Ohio, according to a...

Scientists sampling desert soil
April 17, 2014

New research has characterized for the first time the distribution of natural perchlorate in a terrestrial ecosystem. The results should allow...

Pasture with sheep and mountains in background
April 07, 2014

New Zealand’s pastoral landscapes are some of the loveliest in the world, but they also contain a hidden threat. Many of the country’s...

Landscape shot of Antarctic valley
March 26, 2014

If the name Ernest Shackleton rings a bell, it’s probably because of his Endurance expedition to Antarctica in 1914–1916. After the...

Sprinkler on a lawn
March 13, 2014

What do people living in Boston, Baltimore, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, and Los Angeles have in common? From coast to coast, prairie to...

Pump with flowing irrigation water in Bangladesh
March 05, 2014

The 20th century’s Green Revolution is credited with saving...

ant mound
February 20, 2014

In the forests outside Lawrence, Kansas, a colony of ants was working hard this summer, and so was graduate student Kim Drager. We can see ants...

calculator in soil
February 11, 2014

For decades, scientists, politicians and environmentalists have been trying to put a value on the Earth’s natural resources. Once public...