Forgotten Soil Ecosystems Are Being Destroyed by Pesticides

Forgotten Soil Ecosystems Are Being Destroyed by Pesticides

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer As the world rushes to save charismatic species like pandas, whales, and even bees, one unseen class of animals has been left behind, and the consequences could resonate through every aspect of human life. Earthworms, beetles, springtails, and other underground organisms are being damaged and killed by farm pesticides. Without these “unsung heroes,” the […]

Continue Reading 460 words
Making Soil A Part Of The Climate Solution

Making Soil A Part Of The Climate Solution

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer One of the best ways to tackle the climate crisis is literally under our feet: revitalizing soil removes carbon from the atmosphere, no high-tech gadgetry needed. Plants store carbon in the soil through photosynthesis and by pushing out carbon-based sugars through their roots. That stored carbon is like a […]

Continue Reading 465 words
A New Alliance for Farming’s Climate Impact

A New Alliance for Farming’s Climate Impact

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer The American Farm Bureau Federation, which has actively pushed back on reducing emissions from its sector, has joined environmental organizations in the newly formed Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance. The plan, as InsideClimate News reports, is for the alliance to work with Congress and the incoming Biden administration to […]

Continue Reading 406 words
New WWF Report Identifies Where, How, and Why American Grasslands Are Disappearing

New WWF Report Identifies Where, How, and Why American Grasslands Are Disappearing

Approximately 2.1 million acres of intact grassland habitat in the U.S. and Canadian Great Plains were plowed under for row-crop production in 2018, according to World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) 2020 Plowprint Report. This means that from 2014-2018, tillage of grasslands across the Great Plains occurred at an average rate of four football fields every minute. […]

Continue Reading 552 words

Want the planet in your inbox?

Subscribe to the email that top lawmakers, renowned scientists, and thousands of concerned citizens turn to each morning for the latest environmental news and analysis.