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We depend on this nutrient to survive — and it could leave us all without food

But when did you last worry about phosphorus?<p>It's not as well-known as the other issues, but phosphorus depletion is no less significant. After all, we could live without cars or unusual species, but if phosphorus ran out we'd have to live without food.<p>Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for all …

Farming

Toxic chemicals found in beached pilot whales in Scotland

Scientists find levels of mercury and cadmium in the whales’ brains increased with age<p>Scientists have found clear evidence that whales are absorbing high levels of toxic heavy metals, with cadmium found in the brains of pilot whales which washed up in Scotland.<p>Chemists at the University of Aberdeen …

Pollution

The solution to climate change that has nothing to do with cars or coal

AMAZONAS, Brazil – At the base of a towering, 150-foot-high angelim tree, the scattered sloth claws and clumps of fur are a dead giveaway.<p>The tree contains the nest of a harpy eagle, a bird so powerful it kills monkeys and sloths by tearing them from the trees with its enormous claws. Its presence …

Fossil Fuels

In Muzaffarnagar, rape videos herald death, judgement and communal incitement

Instead of the intersection of technology and sexual violence, and the need to investigate it, the detail that has gripped the tinderbox region is …

India

A fatal disease lurks in India’s air, water, and soil. But nobody knows about it

India is the hotbed of a deadly bacteria.<p>Melioidosis, a highly contagious disease, is widely prevalent in India, according to a new report by researchers from the University of Oxford. If not treated in time, it can lead to death within just two days of contracting it.<p>However, diagnosing …

University of Oxford

5 countries dump more plastic into the oceans than the rest of the world combined

Worse yet, the filth floating on the surface accounts for only 5 percent of all the plastic trash dumped into the sea. According to Ocean Conservancy, a US environmental nonprofit, the other 95 percent is submerged beneath, where it strangles underwater creatures and wrecks the aquatic ecosystem.<p>It …

Pollution

Burning Issues: A Massive Solar Project Responds to Its Critics

It’s been nearly two years since the world's largest concentrating solar power plant, located near I-15 deep in California’s Mohave Desert, …

Climate change is turning Pacific Ocean coastal waters acidic, scientists warn

Climate change is significantly altering the chemistry of the North American coastal Pacific into warmer, more acidic water with decreasing levels of …

There's Rage-Inducing New Data On The Amount Of Plastic In The Ocean

Plastic pollution in the ocean frequently appears as seabird guts filled with cigarette lighters and bottle caps, marine mammals entangled in fishing gear and drifting plastic bags mimicking a gelatinous meal. Last year, a study estimated that around eight million metric tons of our plastic waste …

Pollution