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Andrew Urevig

15 January 2016

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Looking at what recycled phosphorus could do for corn in the United States, the country’s number one crop, a study found that we’d need just 37 percent of available recyclable domestic phosphorus to fertilize all of t...

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Seth M. Siegel

3 December 2015

Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District, Israel

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Israel has an abundance of water and independence from climate conditions through public ownership and government management of all water, a water-respecting culture, and innovative agriculture practices.

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Mary Hoff

29 October 2015

Denmark

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Most people are unaware of how much food they waste. Food waste campaigns across the world are using creative marketing to raise awareness and encourage behavior change.

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Susan Moran

21 September 2015

Sacramento, California, United States

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In California some farms lose up to 10 percent of their crop due to coddling moths. Davis University is measuring the impact bats have on various walnut farms, such as potential savings from reduced insecticide use an...

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Gabriella Mulligan

14 September 2015

Naivasha, Nakuru County, Kenya

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Sub-Saharan Africa faces significant challenges in two areas that previously may have been considered in separate spheres: lack of access to sanitary waste disposal, and a growing need for clean, affordable energy. No...

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Rachel Cernansky

1 September 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The U.S. federal government rarely requires manufacturers to list the chemicals in consumer goods outside of food. Various states are starting to enact legislation requiring greater transparency.

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Elizabeth Grossman

11 August 2015

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Prescription drugs are greatly polluting the national water supply, causing researchers to begin looking for a method to better filter water and dispose of unused medicine.

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Matt Weiser

3 August 2015

Bushland, Texas, United States

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The U.S. government has developed different sensors for irrigation devices that gauge water demand and help conserve use. as water shortages caused by drought have increased across the globe, and farmers are faced wit...

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Maywa Montenegro

17 June 2015

Berkeley, California, United States

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What we sometimes call the “agri-food system” is clearly broken — just ask farmworkers and food workers (exploited and underpaid), honeybees (collapsing), forested landscapes (fragmenting), the climate (warming), and ...

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Didem Tali

26 May 2015

Malawi

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The people of Malawi count on wood for cooking, cleaning, and sanitation, which contributes to the country’s ranking as fifth highest in the world for deforestation. Once thought unsolvable, the people of the country ...

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Benjamin Goldfarb

23 April 2015

Washington, United States

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Throughout the American West, recovering populations of wolves and grizzly bears have crept beyond the boundaries of national parks, clashing with sheep and cattle as they advance. Looking to Europe as an example, res...

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Brian Bienkowski

13 April 2015

San Diego, California, United States

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Population growth, climate change, and droughts are factors that have depleted the world’s freshwater resources. Scientists around the world have experimented with desalination of salt water to increase the supply the...

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Adam Welz

18 March 2015

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Laikipia, Kenya

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There are only five northern white rhinos left in existence - all in captivity and unable to breed. Researchers work to identify the most valuable solution to rhino poaching in order to prevent the animal from going e...

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Shreya Dasgupta

9 February 2015

Sundarbans, India

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After a devastating cyclone changed the nature of local soil, NGOs preserved Indian rice crops by reintroducing traditional rice varieties that can be cultivated even in salt-ridden earth. Although some first met this...

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Jim Motavalli

6 January 2015

Bridport, Vermont, United States

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The breakdown of the ozone layer is one of the most well-known effects of climate change. Citizens enact different ways to protect the atmosphere from a build up of methane gas.

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Sarah Jane Keller

5 January 2015

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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In Fort Collins, Colorado, developments and shopping malls are eating away at farm fields, ranches, and forests. One development company is protecting biodiversity by putting houses clustered along a single access roa...

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