Humanity Is Flushing Away One of Life’s Essential Elements

THE ATLANTIC We broke phosphorus. In a field of sugar beets outside Cambridge, England, Simon Kelly stands above a narrow trench gouged into the rusty earth, roughly 15 feet deep and 30 feet long. “Welcome to the pit,” says Kelly, a bespectacled, white-bearded geologist in a straw hat and khaki shirt. “You’re seeing something that … More Humanity Is Flushing Away One of Life’s Essential Elements

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THE ATLANTIC ***Anthologized in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2021*** ***Honorable mention for the 2020 Outstanding Feature Story Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists*** The “crazy worms” remaking forests aren’t your friendly neighborhood garden worms. Then again, those aren’t so great either. On a sweltering July day, I follow Annise Dobson down … More Cancel Earthworms