Environment


Grassland test plot to measure climate effect on microbes and carbon
December 16, 2015

There’s more to an ecosystem than the visible plants and animals. The soil underneath is alive with vital microbes. They make sure nutrients...

December 09, 2015

Every city has abandoned industrial sites. Encouraging life to return to these barren areas is a challenge. It requires a healthy topsoil for...

Street tree biofiltration in Melbourne, Australia
November 25, 2015

Urban environments Down Under aren’t all that different than those in the United States....

Residential prairie garden in urban landscape
November 11, 2015

Prairie gardens offer Midwestern suburban dwellers an alternative option to the traditional grass lawn. Their combination of native grasses, like...

Collecting manure samples from compost windrows
November 04, 2015

Manure management is serious business for a meat-hungry world. A single cow, depending on its size, can generate between 43 and 120 pounds of...

A beaver dam on a pond
October 21, 2015

Beavers, once valued for their fur, may soon have more appreciation in the Northeastern United States. There they are helping prevent harmful...

Burr oak tree in Morton Arboretum
October 14, 2015

In a study published in the Journal of Environmental Quality, several tree species were better than others at removing storm water from bioswales...

A bag of composted potting 'soil'
October 07, 2015

When you travel down a road, poor infrastructure and maintenance becomes more than a nuisance—it is a hazard. The same is true with indoor...

Cover crop mix of hairy vetch and cereal rye.
September 30, 2015

Most of us think that farmers grow and harvest crops for food. That’s true for many crops: they either feed humans or farm animals. However...

Checking sediment collection traps
September 02, 2015

You may have noticed that after a heavy rainstorm, creeks and rivers often turn the color of chocolate milk. That cloudy brown color is caused by...