Climate

North Carolina’s industrial-scale hog farms have long been a major source of pollution. Smithfield Foods now plans to turn some hog waste into biogas, but critics say the project does nothing about the larger problem of waste being stored in lagoons and sprayed on fields.

By Melba Newsome

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Biodiversity

Beyond Extinction: A New Emphasis on Species Recovery

Scientists have long drawn up a Red List to alert officials about wildlife and plant species threatened with extinction. Now some say it’s time to flip the script and create a “green status” category that identifies how to bring these species back to sustainable levels.

By Michelle Nijhuis

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    Why Saving World’s Peatlands Can Help Stabilize the Climate

    Peatlands make up 3 percent of the earth’s landscape, yet absorb large amounts of carbon and harbor surprising biodiversity. Although peat bogs and fens are under increasing environmental threat, efforts to protect and restore these ecosystems are gathering momentum.

    By BRAKE DRUM

  • Interview

    They Knew: How the U.S. Government Helped Cause the Climate Crisis

    James Gustave Speth has been calling for action on climate since serving in the White House in the 1970s. In an e360 interview, he talks about his new book, which chronicles how U.S. administrations repeatedly failed to act in response to scientists’ increasingly dire warnings.

  • Food & Agriculture

    How Adding Rock Dust to Soil Could Help Get Carbon into the Ground

    Researchers are finding that when pulverized rock is applied to agricultural fields, the soil pulls far more carbon from the air and crop yields increase. More studies are underway, but some scientists say this method shows significant benefits for farmers and the climate.

    By Susan Cosier

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