This week’s top stories from Earth.com
With the holiday season upon us, it’s easy to let our daily routines slip a little. If haven’t had a chance to check out Earth.com and GreenAtom.earth over the past few days, here are five top stories you should be sure not to miss:
- Scientists identify most environmentally friendly cereal cropping process: A research team from Denmark found that how grain crops are grown and harvested can have an effect on the environment, and identified the methods and crops that cause less damage.
- Soil science helps boost agricultural success: Two scientists have developed a set of equations that will help farmers, land managers and others determine what a patch of soil can best be used for.
- Saltmarsh sparrow may be extinct within 50 years: The at-risk species could be the first bird species to go extinct in the continental United States since 1931.
- Scientists see phytoplankton as a new sustainable food and fuel source: Lipids from the microscopic marine plant can be removed and used for fuel. The leftovers from this process are a highly nutritious biomass, scientists said.
- Australasian marsupials survived ancient climate change: As the climate became drier and rainforests dried out five to 10 million years ago, Australian marsupials survived the shift by adapting to the new grasslands, scientists said.
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