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A person climbs a steep rock face with a line of rope stretching from the ground up to their harness.

A climber navigating Slugg’s Bluff, the 80-foot-tall quartzite cliff that climbers have been enjoying since the 1970s. (Courtesy of the Upper Peninsula Climbing Coalition)

Michigan State University
Rock climbing as a sport is gaining popularity in America and around the world. Can outdoor climbers fill an important role as environmental stewards and conservationists?
Crops grow out of soil that has been left undisturbed prior to the planting process.

(Courtesy of No Till Farmer Magazine)

Northwestern University
Employing no-till practices, farmers in the Midwestern United States and Europe are finding profit and efficiency by opting to let the soil in their farms remain undisturbed prior to planting. 
A person walks at a demonstration with a cardboard sign attached to their backpack, reading "Listen to the Science!"

(Mika Baumeister/Unsplash License)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Texas Tech University
In this podcast, Planet Forward Correspondent Katie Perkins chats with media psycholoigst Asheley Landrum, Ph.D., about science communication, conspiracy theories, and the power of awe.
A man stands next to a raise garden bed, gesturing as he speaks. Other raised garden beds can be seen in the background.

Outreach and education manager at Arcadia Farm, Juan Pablo Echeverria, gives a tour of the sustainable agriculture non-profit. (Alyssa Landolfi)

George Washington University
In this photo essay, learn how one non-profit focused on sustainable agriculture is addressing the issue of food deserts in Washington D.C.
Hay frows under rows of solar panels, each casting parallel rows of shadow on the ground.

Hay grows under the shade of solar panels at Jack's Solar Garden in Longmont, CO. (Tyler Hickman)

University of Colorado Boulder
Scientists, drought-stricken farmers, and politicians on both sides of the aisle are expressing increasing interest in solar agriculture.
Illustration showing annual grains and perennial grains growing from 12 to 24 months, with longer roots for perennial grains.

Standard annual grain roots vs. perennial grain roots of the Kernza grain. (The Land Institute/CC-BY-NC-ND)

Michigan State University
Perennial grains will change the agriculture landscape as we know it and take us one huge step closer to halting climate change.
An assortment of small plastic pieces are held in someone's hand with a beach and water in the background.

Plastics such as these can be found littering beaches across the world, a visible reminder of the destruction left in the wake of human progress. (Ocean Blue Project/CC BY-SA 4.0)

George Washington University
This article makes policy recommendations and compiles information that is integral in understanding and addressing plastic pollution.
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
Durand-Eastman beach has been closed in the past due to pollution, will it be inaccessible in the future due to climate change?
A man and a woman stand at the doorway of a wooden farmhouse. Lush green trees frame both sides of the house.

Jordan Welch talks to her grandfather Charlie Payne on July 20 in Concordia. Charlie Payne purchased the Payne family’s land more than 60 years ago, and he still helps out in an advisory capacity on the farm. (Jia Wu/Columbia Missourian)

University of Missouri
Climate change is redrawing the agricultural map of the United States. As corn becomes less economically viable with changing Midwestern weather patterns, farmers look to a more diverse future.
A pair of solar panels with a building and sky in the background

Waste is associated with the capture of energy, however, policy analyst Quinn Biever said people are trying to find ways to minimize solar panel waste through recycling. (Laura Simmons)

Northwestern University
Experts and business leaders discuss the environmental and financial reasons to purchase solar panels in Illinois.

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