How pigs and manure helped bring down East Germany

The author of a new book argues that pig farming and manure pollution played a significant role in the end of Communism in East Germany.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~13 min

pollution history agriculture livestock germany pigs society-and-culture

Diversifying crops is a ‘win-win’

Farms with more diverse crops can benefit the environment while not sacrificing yields, new research finds. In many cases, yields went up, in fact.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Nov. 12, 2020 ~5 min

sustainability agriculture crops earth-and-environment

New type of soil waters plants by itself

New self-watering soil that pulls water from the air to feed it to plants could help people grow crops in places with sandy soil.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
Nov. 3, 2020 ~5 min

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New type of soil waters plants by itself

New self-watering soil that pulls water from the air to feed it to plants could help people grow crops in places with sandy soil.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
Nov. 3, 2020 ~5 min

sustainability agriculture food water soil plants hydrogels earth-and-environment

Rainy days can send nitrogen runoff to rivers

Heavy rain events, which happen just a few days each year, have an outsize role in sending nitrogen runoff into waterways, computer modeling indicates.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~5 min

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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