Salty Soil

California is one of the bread baskets of the United States, with the San Joaquin Valley supplying 1/3 of the vegetables and 2/3 of the fruits and nuts consumed in the U.S. each year. The productivity of…

The Water Problem

Water is crucial to human survival, yet fresh water sources are increasingly depleted. The gap between demand and supply of water is expected to reach 40% by 2040, and surface waters are incapable of filling the…

The Death of the Clean Water Rule

The Clean Water Rule, which President Obama finalized in June 2015, is about to be rolled back under President Trump. This rule is designed to clear up confusion over which bodies of water the federal government can…

Dakota Access Pipeline

On Tuesday, a federal judge denied the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River tribes a motion for preliminary injunction against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Rebecca Hersher, Dakota Access Pipeline Court Challenge Denied, Oil Could Flow as…

The Economic Benefits of Reducing Food Waste

According to a new report, for every dollar spent on reducing food waste, companies save an average of $14. The study analyzed food reduced through refrigeration and more efficient packaging to extend shelf-life. Issues of food…

Smog Levels on the Rise

Despite the United States reduction in air pollution, smog levels on the West Coast are on the rise. Bill Chappell, Smog in Western U.S. Starts Out as Pollution in Asia, Researchers Say, www.npr.org (Mar. 3, 2017)….

Urban Farming And The Struggle To Maintain Control

Urban farming has long been identified as a practice that could address a range of problems, whether they be issues of food equality, sustainability, or psychological health associated with green space. Towards these ends, community farms…

Stand Up For Science

Scientists around the country are about do something they’ve never done before: March. Nell GreenfielBoyce, Should Scientists March? U.S. Researchers Still Debating Pros and Cons, www.npr.org (Feb. 23, 2017). The March for Science will take place…

The Commercial Case for Planting Trees

Justin Adams, from the Nature Conservancy, has made a compelling economic case for regreening the earth and replenishing trees across the globe. In addition to the health benefits of planting trees in cities, which we have…

Pruitt as the New Head of the EPA

After an unsuccessful all-night debate staged by Senate democrats, Scott Pruitt was confirmed as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Nathan Rott, Senate confirms Schoot Pruitt to Lead Environmental Protection Agency, www.npr.org, (Feb. 17,…