Change is afoot in Trump country

Read the full story from the Washington Post. It was a quarter after eight on a steamy August morning when Rachel Grantham rumbled up in a big black pickup truck. The 26-year-old, six-foot-three agronomist sported a pink top, a purple miniskirt, camouflage muck boots and a single blonde braid draped over one shoulder. I hoisted myself …

New Tracker Keeps Tabs on Government Attacks on Science

Read the full story at State of the Planet. Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund have launched a new online resource to track actions by the government to silence scientists working on environmental, public health and climate issues. The launch of the Silencing Science Tracker coincides with the first anniversary of President …

Opinion: Why we need a National Living Soil Repository

Read the full piece in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A National Living Soil Repository would store agricultural cryogenic and air-dried soil samples, analyze samples for microbial community composition, assess samples for microbial viability, and serve as a potential source of living organisms for various agricultural ecosystem services.

Civil War-era U.S. Navy ships’ logs to be explored for climate data, maritime history

Read the full story from the University of Washington. A new grant will let a University of Washington-based project add a new fleet to its quest to learn more about past climate from the records of long-gone mariners. The UW is among the winners of the 2017 “Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives” awards, announcedJan. 4 …

Scientists Peek Inside The ‘Black Box’ Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets

Read the full story at NPR. A tablespoon of soil contains billions of microscopic organisms. Life on Earth, especially the growing of food, depends on these microbes, but scientists don't even have names for most of them, much less a description. That's changing, slowly, thanks to researchers like Noah Fierer, at the University of Colorado, Boulder. …

NFWF Issues RFP for National Resilient Communities Program

Read the full story in Philanthropy News Digest. Deadline: February 15, 2018 (Pre-proposals) In 2017, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with Wells Fargo, launched the Resilient Communities Program, designed to prepare for future environmental challenges by enhancing community capacity to plan and implement resiliency projects and improve the protections afforded by natural ecosystems by …