Congressional skeptic on global warming demands records from U.S. climate scientists

The dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington is seen behind the emissions, and a smokestack, from the Capitol Power Plant, the only coal-burning power plant in the nation’s capitol, on March 10, 2014.  (EPA/JIM LO SCALZO) Written By: Joby Warrick October 23, 2015.  Joby Warrick joined the Post’s national staff in 1996. He has covered national security, intelligence and the …

Giving soils a voice

Written by: By Juliet Braslow, CIAT Soils Research Area Coordinator, October 27, 2015. We don’t directly drink or breathe soil, so it’s often forgotten as we trample over it. Raising awareness and inspiring action for promoting and protecting our soils has been a central focus throughout this International Year of Soils (IYS). We need healthy soils for a healthy life because …

Clemson researchers and IT scientists team up to tackle Big Data

Jim Melvin, Public Service Activities October 29, 2015   CLEMSON — While researchers at Clemson University have recently announced an array of breakthroughs in agricultural and life sciences, the size of the data sets they are now using to facilitate these achievements is like a mountain compared to a molehill in regard to what was available just a few years ago. …

Opinion: No such thing as a free lunch, we should invest in the land

Drought in California We all know that if you are spending more than you earn, there is a tipping point from which you can never recover. It is the point of bankruptcy. The same is true of productive natural resources like land. Imagine that we have a land account, instead of a credit account. It is limited, and if we …

Loss of fertile soils a food security risk

Going underground The number of organisms living in a handful of soil outnumber all humans on the planet. They ensure that the humus layer stores nutrients and water. After oceans, soils represent the planet’s largest carbon bank. Soils store more carbon than all the world’s forests combined.   Worldwide deterioration of soil quality is a disaster in the making, warn …

The way forward for African universities

  This is the text of a speech delivered at the University of Johannesburg on 30 July 2015 I think the critical phrase is – “situate higher education at the centre of the development agenda” We have gathered here at the University of Johannesburg to consider an important matter – “Moving Africa’s Universities Forward”. I am certain that it is …