Fertilizers

January 11, 2015--Study: Earth’s fresh-water resources at risk (Blade)

Although western Lake Erie has become an international poster child for noxious algae, a new study suggests that many of the world’s much smaller, cleaner, and calmer bodies of water are likewise in trouble if greater efforts are not undertaken to keep farm fertilizers and other nutrients out of them.


June 23, 2014--Antibacterial soaps may cause wastewater treatment failures (AlterNet)

Health-care researchers have long claimed that use of antibacterial soaps can create drug-resistant germs in the home, leaving individuals more imperiled by infectious disease than they would otherwise be.


March 19, 2014--Do you know about peak phosphorus? (Aguanomics)

Today, many people are concerned about peak oil, which means after reaching the maximum point of production, suddenly, oil supply will decrease. Oil is an important resource in agriculture, transportation, and energy. However, most people are forgetting about phosphorus, which is an important source of energy in agricultural system. What is phosphorus and peak phosphorus?


October 22, 2013--Nitrogen pollution at critical levels in dozens of national parks (High Country News)

We’ve had national parks on the brain a lot lately as we slogged through 16 days of federal shutdown.


April 9, 2011--California farmers, ecologists square off over drinking water pollution (Los Angeles Times)

Should farmers in the Central Valley, California's richest agricultural region, be required to monitor and clean up groundwater pollution from their operations? Under the proposed regulations, farmland would be classified based on the contamination risk. Farms considered most likely to pollute groundwater would have to take certain steps to reduce fertilizer and other agricultural runoff.


October 3, 2009--Prof. discusses the trouble with phosphorous (Aspen Daily News)

Oil ain’t the only finite resource we’re using up on Earth. Phosphorus, a nutrient essential to farming, is also non-renewable. On Thursday, during a weeklong conference on the phosphorus conundrum held by the Aspen Global Change Center, an expert said he believed phosphorus reserves will run out in the next 50 to 100 years. To best manage what’s left of it, said Dr.


Study Finds Water Pollution Originates at Home

New research from the University of California, Davis, found that pesticides and fertilizers from homes are a major and overlooked source of water pollution. According to the study, previous estimates may have underestimated water pollution from homes by up to 50 percent.


September 28, 2009--Drought is fueling more smelly and dog-killing blue-green algae in parts of Upper Midwest (Los Angeles Times)

Waterways across the upper Midwest are increasingly plagued with ugly, smelly and potentially deadly blue-green algae, bloomed by drought and fertilizer runoffs from farm fields, that's killed dozens of dogs and sickened many people. Aquatic biologists say it's a problem that falls somewhere between a human health concern and a nuisance, but will eventually lead to more human poisoning.

August 22, 2009--Environmental groups laud EPA setting limits for nutrient runoff polluting Florida waters (Los Angeles Times)

Environmental groups on Friday lauded long-awaited action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set legal limits for farm and urban runoff polluting Florida's waterways, limits that could serve as a model for other states.

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