soil

Anthropocene

‘Runaway Collapse’ of Environment Could Cause the Next Great Recession

“Mainstream political and policy debates have failed to recognize that human impacts on the environment have reached a critical stage.”
Becky Ferreira
2.12.19
climate change

Plants are Losing Their Capacity to Absorb Human CO2 Emissions

A team of Columbia researchers finds that the climate tipping point may come sooner than we think.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.23.19
environment

More Than 75 Percent of Earth’s Land Areas Are ‘Broken,’ Major Report Finds

Once-productive lands have become deserts, are polluted, or deforested, putting 3.2 billion people at risk.
Stephen Leahy
3.26.18
The Darjeeling Limited

Darjeeling Tea Is Climate Change’s Latest Victim

Tea entrepreneurs are trying to save the "Champagne of teas".
Esha Chhabra
9.19.17
Farming in 2017

The Most Useful Tool on the Modern Farm is Data

Data miners are now courting the agriculture industry in a big way.
Meredith Rutland Bauer
3.7.17
machines

MIT Wants to Turn Everyone Into a Farmer With Its Food Computers

Anyone can build their own food computer with MIT’s open-source agriculture project.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.19.16
war

The Syrian War Is Causing a Dust Bowl in the Middle East, Researchers Suspect

Fighting in Syria is creating conditions similar to those that caused the Dust Bowl.
Emanuel Maiberg
10.19.15
Canada

The Great Arctic Thaw Is Seriously Worrying Archaeologists

​In a century some of the world's most important Inuit historical sites will be swallowed by the sea.
Monica Blaylock
4.28.15
Food

The Microbes in Your Merlot

Researchers think that a grapevine's microbiome could affect a wine's "terroir."
Ben Richmond
3.24.15
nasa

Why NASA Spent Millions of Dollars on a Satellite to Look at Dirt on the Ground

NASA's newest satellite will measure water in the soil back here on Earth, giving us a global view of the system for the first time ever.
Kaleigh Rogers
1.31.15