20 Million Acres of U.S. Cropland May Be Contaminated by PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’

20 Million Acres of U.S. Cropland May Be Contaminated by PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’

Toxic per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances, known as PFAS or “forever chemicals,” are a family of more than 9,000 synthetic, human-made chemicals that barely break down in the natural environment, according to CHEM Trust. PFAS are used to make products water-, heat- or stain-resistant, The Guardian reported. Very low amounts of these forever …

Putting a dollar value on nature will give governments and businesses more reasons to protect it

President Joe Biden calls climate change “the existential crisis of our time” and has taken steps to curb it that match those words. They include returning the U.S. to the Paris Agreement; creating a new climate Cabinet position; introducing a plan to slash fossil fuel subsidies; and announcing ambitious goals to cut U.S. greenhouse gas …

#Energy: ‘Mechanical tree’ farms show promise for carbon capture

#Energy: ‘Mechanical tree’ farms show promise for carbon capture

After two years of design and engineering work, research partners from Ireland and the United States have introduced a “mechanical tree” they say is 1,000 times more efficient at capturing carbon from the atmosphere than natural trees are—and they say they’re ready to start scaling up the model to eventually …

Forests and green urban areas can help embattled insects

Forests and green urban areas can help embattled insects

An apocalypse is upon insects worldwide as legions of them are succumbing to a host of stresses from intensive agriculture to climate change. Even if you aren’t a fan of creepy-crawlies, this should alarm you as insects perform vital ecological functions, not least by acting as potent pollinators. In fact, three-quarters …

Climate change will transform how we live, but there is cause for optimism

Climate change will transform how we live, but there is cause for optimism

It’s easy to feel pessimistic when scientists around the world are warning that climate change has advanced so far, it’s now inevitable that societies will either transform themselves or be transformed. But as two of the authors of a recent international climate report, we also see reason for optimism. The latest reports from the Intergovernmental …