Climate change could double toxic arsenic in rice

Rice yields could decline about 40% by 2100, affecting about 2 billion people worldwide. What's more, the rice could contain twice as much toxic arsenic.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 1, 2019 ~6 min

Lead isotopes reveal coal fly ash contamination

A new tool can spot contamination from coal fly ash. "Our hope is that this new tracer...will help us provide greater protection to communities at risk."

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
Oct. 22, 2019 ~4 min

To protect city kids from lead, focus on the dirt

"Young children are extremely vulnerable to lead poisoning because of their normal crawling, hand-to-mouth, exploratory behavior."

Carolyn Scofield-Tulane • futurity
Oct. 15, 2019 ~4 min

Device microwaves weeds in the field

An invention microwaves weeds to destroy them without herbicies. It penetrates about 5 centimeters into the soil to destroy seeds, too.

Claudia Hooper-U. Melbourne • futurity
Oct. 4, 2019 ~4 min

Rotating corn and soybeans may take a toll on soil

Rotating corn and soybeans offers environmental and management benefits to farmers, but could pose long-term tradeoffs for the health of the soil.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Oct. 3, 2019 ~3 min

Climate change could make it harder for soil to soak up water

Climate change may make it harder for the soil to absorb water. That could have serious implications for food production and security, researchers warn.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 12, 2019 ~3 min

United States land might not be such a good carbon sink

Scientists may have overestimated the amount of carbon that US land can suck out of the atmosphere.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Sept. 6, 2019 ~5 min

Lake Tahoe shows microplastics aren’t just an ocean problem

Lake Tahoe, one of the clearest, cleanest lakes in the US, shows how that the issue of microplastics goes way beyond the oceans.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
Aug. 8, 2019 ~3 min

Next antibiotic may come from dirt bacteria

"...we really need new structural classes of antibiotics that have never been contaminated by clinical resistance from established antibiotic classes."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 2, 2019 ~7 min

To clean up heavy metals, give soil a chemical ‘bath’

There's a new way to clean up the heavy metals in contaminated soil.

Tom Abate-Stanford • futurity
June 10, 2019 ~6 min