As consumers and regulators do soul-searching over how much pesticides mean to the economy and their grocery bills, chemical companies are racing to develop the next big organic pesticide. That’s not an oxymoron. There are a lot of misconceptions about what you’re getting when you’re buying organic foods.
As the European Union moves to phase out 22 toxic pesticides, a new study raises the question of what will happen to crops without them. In the United States, growers rely on many pesticides that other countries have banned. Many farm groups in the U.S. argue that there are no acceptable alternatives to these pesticides – that […]
U.S. growers rely on several pesticides that have been prohibited by other countries after being linked to health risks and the disappearance of bee colonies.
A mine plans its death before its birth. The leftover waste from mines is so hazardous that mining companies must figure out what to do with it decades in advance, even before they start digging. That’s how it works today, at least. But in 1981, when the United States government began requiring mines to have […]
By some estimates, there are as many as half a million abandoned mines in the U.S., sites that have the potential to contaminate water, pollute soil, kill wildlife and sicken humans.
The ocean floor is a treasure trove of valuable minerals and metals, and the first deep-sea mine could begin operations as soon as 2017, but the environmental risks aren’t fully known.
An environmental ministry report revealed that at least one-fifth of all arable land is contaminated with heavy metals, putting the country’s food supply at risk.
Mongolia boasts one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, thanks in part to a booming copper and gold mine. But it has struggled to live up to its promises of world-class environmental standards.
More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since October. This FAQ explains what happens to those children between the time they’re apprehended and the time they’re put into the system.
A man walks along the border fence in Tijuana, Mexico, near where a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot Mexican citizen Edgar Ortega in 2008. Authorities said Ortega was throwing rocks at agents.Guillermo Arias/Associated Press Despite pledges from the Obama administration for greater transparency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has kept secret a potentially embarrassing independent […]