• Yellow perch (Credit: USDA, via Wikimedia commons)
    Infrared fish passage counter tested

    Researchers found mixed results when testing an infrared fish scanner to monitor fish movement through man-made passages in southeast Australia’s Murray Darling Basin, according to the journal Ecological Management and Restoration. A team from the New South...

  • A DISCOVER-AQ ground site operated by Penn State at Porterville, Calif. (Credit: Doug Martins/Penn State)
    NASA’s DISCOVER-AQ mission hones satellite tools with aircraft- and ground-based sensors

    A NASA air quality campaign gathers data from aircraft- and ground-based sensors to help improve the satellite tools that assess air pollution from space.

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    Farmer-invented automated soil sampler reduces human error

    A North Carolina farmer has developed a mobile soil sampling system with virtually no risk of human error, Southeast Farm Press reported. Allan Baucom, a grain and cotton farmer with more than 6,000 acres around Monroe, N.C.,...

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    Permafrost melting study shows larges amounts of carbon in Arctic soil

    Researchers from the University of Florida performed the first ever experiment in the Arctic to simulate permafrost melting due to climate change, according to a University of Florida release. They piled snow up in drifts in select...

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    Book discusses geoengineering the earth’s climate

    Jeff Goodell, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, says that it might be possible to manipulate the earth’s climate on a large-scale, something called geoengineering. In an interview with NPR, he notes the possibilities of building machines...

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    DNA sequencing of insect soup shows biodiversity

    Researchers in England devised a new method for monitoring biodiversity with an insect soup and low cost DNA sequencing, according to a University of East Anglia press release. Douglas Yu, a biology professor and the lead researcher...

  • A clamshell dredge in action (Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
    Dredging found to reduce fish biodiversity

    Researchers at Penn State University find that dredging projects may reduce fish diversity, according to a release. Dredging is usually undertaken to remove detrimental sediment from a waterway. The investigators looked at 15 sites along the Allegheny...

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    Study: Pesticides reducing aquatic insect biodiversity

    Many common pesticides are reducing biodiversity of rivers and streams, reports a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Using data from areas throughout Europe and Australia, scientists found that ecosystems contaminated with...

  • Water flows off a farm in Tennessee following a storm (Credit: Tim McCabe/NRCS)
    USDA rolls out new water quality app

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has developed a new online water quality app to assess runoff from agricultural lands. Called the Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff, or WQIag, the application integrates multiple land use, soil, and nutrient...

  • Edge of field monitoring station (Credit: Minnesota Department of Agriculture)
    USDA will fund agricultural conservation to improve water quality

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Resources Conservation Service will make about $35 million available to farmers for conservation measures that will improve water quality, according to a USDA release. The funding is part of the second...

  • The restoration saved this bridge, the only direct thoroughfare, just outside the town of Ripley, Tenn. (Credit: USDA/NRCS)
    USDA completes $14 million restoration of Cane Creek

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has successfully restored parts of Tennessee’s Cane Creek, according to a release.

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    Beijing installs monitoring network to study smog

    Officials in Beijing have completed a network of 35 new air monitoring stations, according to a report from the Associated Press. The move comes after the U.S. embassy there began publishing hourly smog readings collected from an...