A sun sets behind a cloud over a grey body of water

Arctic permafrost is starting to thaw. Here’s why we should all care.

The Big Melt

Just how quickly will billions of tons of carbon locked up in the Arctic’s melting permafrost be released into the atmosphere? Scientists in the Arctic say finding out could be a matter of survival.

A view of tundra landscape in the Rocky Mountains — 11,000 feet from sea level.

In the dead of winter, plants are already starting to prepare for spring — underground

No-till farming.

Another way to grow crops — by laying down the plow

Sediment from a stream bed containing fracking wastewater (jars on the left) developed orange residues after 90 days; sediment from a clean stream bed (jar on the right) did not.

As fracking booms, waste spills rise — and so do arsenic levels in groundwater

Jim Eklund and Frank Forcella conduct an early test of the concept with a single-nozzle blaster. Jim is driving the ATV and Frank is applying the grit.

A new organic-approved weed control technique is poised for the big time

No-till farming

Old-school farming methods could save the planet


Industrial farming has been a disaster for the Earth’s soil, according to a new book. But fixing the problem is possible if we return to farming practices that keep the soil healthy. This simple change could offset climate change and lead to healthier crops — and people.

Thin filaments of fungi form a dense network between the roots of most of the world's food crops. Some researchers believe that working with such microbes rather than against them, as has often been the case in conventional agriculture, will help the worl

The future of agriculture may be too small to see. Think microbes


Climate change is going to throw a host of new problems at agriculture. Now some researchers say one of the solutions to these problems is microbes. In particular, fungi.Climate change is going to throw a host of new problems at agriculture. Now some researchers say one of the solutions to these problems is microbes. In particular, fungi.

Landslides more prevalent in Pacific Northwest as climate change indicates rain increase


This year has seen many more landslides in the Pacific Northwest than is typical — in fact this recent winter was among the worst for mudslides in and around the Puget Sound region. Experts say this could be more common as climate change leads to more rain, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

Bullitt Foundation opens new building in Seattle that redefines environmentally-friendly


The Bullitt Foundation, a Seattle-based nonprofit focused on improving the environment in the Pacific Northwest, has taken on a new endeavor. It’s opened a building for its headquarters, and house other companies, that will be a demonstrator of sustainable technologies.

New research shifts model on how forests contribute to carbon sequestration


New research out of Sweden, published recently in the Science magazine, changes the way scientists view trees’ contribution to carbon sequestration. Ecologist Karina Clemmensen learned that trees continue to store carbon in the environment for its entire life because of fungus growing on the tree roots.