Farmland prices soar — along with farm debt

Never mind the drought: When the farmland price bubble pops, America's farmers could be under water.


Thanks for the oil, Iraq, here’s some cancer

Depleted uranium from U.S. munitions is suspected of causing a huge spike in birth defects and all kinds of cancers in Iraq.


Farmers markets are growing, but farmers’ incomes are not

The small-scale local food movement isn't paying off for small-scale local food producers.

Climate & Energy

Summer rains in Southwest arriving late because of climate change

Delays to the monsoon season in America's southwestern desert states could hurt farmers, cities, and ecosystems.

Climate & Energy

Natural-gas liquid is gushing near a Colorado creek, and nobody can figure out how to stop it

More than 60,000 gallons of unidentified hydrocarbon gunk have leaked into the ground near a gas processing plant, and more just keeps on leaking.

Climate & Energy

Researchers find that ‘wind turbine syndrome’ is bogus

Complaints about turbine-caused illness tend to surface after wind-energy opponents have made a stink and caused people to worry.


America’s infrastructure grade improves to a still very sad D+

For the first time in 15 years, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the U.S. a better grade than last time.

Business & Technology

Green tech incubator Greenstart ups its game

The company has traded in its accelerator program for a beefier venture capital strategy dedicated to well-designed cleantech.

Climate & Energy

A cool new way climate change is killing bivalves

Mussels start losing their ability to attach themselves to rocks when oceans contain more carbon dioxide.