Cold War spy satellite captures threat to marmots

When an American pilot went down over the Soviet Union in the 1960s, the US launched a spy satellite. Its data now helps monitor the bobak marmot.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: conservation agriculture rodents ecosystems satellites earth-and-environment

The pandemic may change what we eat

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted food supply chains and raised awareness of how food production harms the planet, an expert says.

Pat Harriman-UC Irvine • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 agriculture food earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Old-school efforts thwart ‘billion-dollar beetles’

Some fundamental farming strategies can limit damage from western corn rootworms, research finds.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: insects agriculture genetic-engineering science-and-technology

Cool crops with synthetic clouds? It could backfire

New research on the possibility of geoengineering "reminds us that there is no perfect technical method to address the impacts of global warming."

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change agriculture geoengineering india fruit earth-and-environment

Solution to viscosity mystery may curb pesticide pollution

Researchers have figured out how to measure the viscosity of droplets. That could help control pesticide spraying, ink-jet printing, and more.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: aircraft pollution agriculture pesticides math 3d-printing science-and-technology earth-and-environment liquids

There’s still time to save about half of Earth’s land

"...if we act quickly and decisively, there is a slim window in which we can still conserve roughly half of Earth's land in a relatively intact state."

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cities conservation agriculture earth-and-environment land

How legume ‘fertilizer factories’ make ammonium

Mapping the mechanism that lets legumes make their own ammonium fertilizer could help make agriculture more sustainable.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria agriculture plants nitrogen earth-and-environment roots fertilizer

Oyster farming doesn’t really bother threatened shorebird

Oyster aquaculture has little impact on shorebirds, such as the federally threatened red knot, which migrates thousands of miles from Chile every year.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation birds agriculture food earth-and-environment oysters

The world must act to avert ‘biblical’ famine

COVID-19, plus civil conflicts, hotter and drier weather in many areas, and a locust invasion in Africa and the Middle East, could submit tens of millions of people to famine.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 agriculture food locusts featured earth-and-environment health-and-medicine famine

U.S. farm workers will see unsafe hot days double by 2050

“I was surprised by the scale of the change—seeing a doubling of unsafe days by mid-century, then a tripling by 2100. And we think that’s a low estimate.”

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change agriculture crops temperature earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

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