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
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Overuse of fertilizer has led to phosphorus shortages and water pollution. But farms might not need so much to grow healthy crops. Read the full story at NationalGeographic.com. *This story was supported by a science journalism fellowship from the European Geosciences Union.
THE NEW YORK TIMES Read my post on cardboard and the pandemic in the New York Times’ Climate Fwd: newsletter.
THE NEW YORK TIMES Read my post on smartphone sustainability in the New York Times’ Climate Fwd: newsletter.
HAKAI Fishing has dramatically reduced the number of senior fish left in the ocean. Read the full story at Hakai.
SCIENCE PODCAST Researcher Elise Amel talks about the ways our brains can work against us when it comes to making sustainable choices, and how to overcome these barriers. Listen to the interview on the Science Podcast.
Feeding the world usually comes with a hefty environmental price tag and a big climate impact. But now, researchers have identified a few basic agricultural practices that could transform wheat from a source of greenhouse gases into a sink, and improve grain yields. That means growing more food may actually help fight climate change. Learn … More Good news about growing wheat
Environmental changes require new scientific answers to help us live and prosper sustainably. Future Earth is a new research initiative to meet these challenges through innovation, collaboration, and communication. Meet Future Earth on the EGU blog!