Food production generates more than a third of manmade greenhouse gas emissions – a new framework tells us how much comes from crops, countries and regions

A new study provides a detailed way to calculate the climate impact of food production, which could lead to more sustainable farming policies and methods.

Atul Jain, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign • conversation
Sept. 13, 2021 ~8 min

Food production generates more than 1/3 of manmade greenhouse gas emissions – a new framework tells us how much comes from crops, countries and regions

A new study provides a detailed way to calculate the climate impact of food production, which could lead to more sustainable farming policies and methods.

Atul Jain, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign • conversation
Sept. 13, 2021 ~8 min

Wildfire burn scars can intensify and even create thunderstorms that lead to catastrophic flooding – here's how it works

An atmospheric scientist and sailplane pilot describes why large areas of burned land can produce clouds and rainstorms.

William R. Cotton, Professor Emeritus of Meteorology, Colorado State University • conversation
Sept. 7, 2021 ~5 min

Wildfire burn scars can intensify and even trigger thunderstorms, leading to catastrophic flooding – here's how

An atmospheric scientist and sailplane pilot describes why large areas of burned land can produce clouds and rainstorms.

William R. Cotton, Professor Emeritus of Meteorology, Colorado State University • conversation
Sept. 7, 2021 ~5 min

How special soil observatories in China are helping to create more sustainable agriculture

Soil degradation is a huge challenge for farmers around the world. But new research is showing how farmers can balance crop yields with protecting the environment.

Weikai Wang, Research Associate, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow • conversation
Sept. 3, 2021 ~8 min

Organic food has become mainstream but still has room to grow

Four out of five Americans regularly buy some kind of organic food. An expert on the industry says more federal support could greatly expand organic farming and its environmental benefits.

Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, Arizona State University • conversation
Aug. 17, 2021 ~7 min

Biden moves to protect the Tongass, North America's largest rainforest, from logging and road building

Scientists are urging the Biden administration to protect mature US forests as a climate change strategy, starting with the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.

Beverly Law, Professor Emeritus of Global Change Biology and Terrestrial Systems Science, Oregon State University • conversation
Aug. 4, 2021 ~9 min

Wild pigs release more CO2 than 1 million cars

When they uproot soil, wild pigs worldwide release more carbon dioxide every year than 1.1 million cars.

Dominic Jarvis-Queensland • futurity
July 26, 2021 ~5 min

'Cyborg soil' reveals the secret microbial metropolis beneath our feet

There are more microorganisms in a teaspoon of soil than there are humans on Earth – but what are they all up to?

Edith Hammer, Associate Lecturer, Department of Biology, Lund University • conversation
July 22, 2021 ~8 min

To make agriculture more climate-friendly, carbon farming needs clear rules

Policymakers want to pay farmers for storing carbon in soil, but there are no uniform rules yet for measuring, reporting or verifying the results. Four scholars offer some ground rules.

Megan Machmuller, Research Scientist, Colorado State University • conversation
June 30, 2021 ~11 min

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