Will Climate Policies Give Us Cleaner Air?

Clean air is very important to keep people healthy. While most people in the US are fortunate to have reasonably clean air, many people still get sick and die every year from dirty air. Around the world people are worried about the impacts of climate change. There may be a way to reduce the impacts from both air pollution and climate change at once.

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The long arm of invasive plants – how one invasive (Eleagnus umbellata, autumn olive) changes the soil microbial community

Invasive plants plague many parts of the US, from roadside environments to natural ecosystems. Research on one invasive plant, the autumn olive (Eleagnus umbellata), indicates that the soil microbial community changes based on proximity to the plant. Long-term changes in soil microbial communities might negatively impact restoration efforts.

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What’s that smell? Investigating a new method for reducing emissions from manure lagoons.

What happens when a cow on a farm poops? You may not want to think about it, but all of that waste on animal farms has to go somewhere. Oftentimes it is stored in outdoor areas known as manure lagoons that can release gas emissions. Dougherty et al. investigates biochar covers as a method for reducing these gas emissions.

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