Category Archives: Environmental

Farm Manure Boosts Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Even in Winter

By Shari Halik Decisions farmers make over the spring and summer can dramatically increase greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions later in the winter. That’s a key takeaway from a new University of Vermont study that shows, for the first time, that the … Continue reading

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The Secret to Better Berries? Wild Bees

By Brian Owens and Basil Waugh Want bigger, faster-growing blueberries? New research shows wild bees are an essential secret ingredient in larger and better blueberry yields—producing plumper, faster-ripening berries. The study, led by University of Vermont scientists, is the first … Continue reading

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Factfulness: The Book to Combat Modern Despair

By Sarah L. Tichonuk Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think (Flatiron Books, April 2018) is an extraordinary book. Written by Hans Rosling, with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund, the founders of The Gapminder Project, … Continue reading

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Global Warming: More Insects, Hungrier For Crops

By Basil Waugh  Crop losses for critical food grains will increase substantially with global warming, as rising temperatures boost the metabolism and population growth of insect pests, new research says. “Climate change will have a negative impact on crops,” said … Continue reading

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Fortifying a Critical Crop

By Joshua Brown  Perhaps you missed this winter’s news that the price of hummus spiked in Great Britain. The cause, as the New York Timesreported on February 8: drought in India, resulting in a poor harvest of chickpeas. Far beyond making … Continue reading

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