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The agricultural sector faces a significant challenge: to increase global production for the purpose of providing food security for 9 billion people by the middle of the 21st century, while also protecting the environment and enhancing function of global ecosystems. Rising and more volatile food prices are also threatening food security. This challenge is further compounded by factors of climate change that now require mitigation and reduction of agricultural GHG emissions, sequestration of carbon in soils, and aversion of factors that limit agricultural production. Therefore, agricultural practices must be developed and applied to mitigate climate change and adapt cropping systems to the portending changes, so as to ensure adequate production of food, feed, fiber, and bioenergy, as well as protection of natural resources.

Industrial and household pollution jeopardizes the health of the environment and humans. Soil contamination results from many causes, including improper disposal of hazardous substances, and pesticide and nutrient runoff. Pollutants often move between soil, water, and air. Over the past 30 years, soil scientists have identified new ways to limit the mobility of toxins and rehabilitate polluted land. Innovations in agronomic, crop, and soil sciences enable land managers to adopt practices which mitigate soil, water and air pollution, providing important health services to both the environment and mankind.

 

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in collaboration with Federal agencies and private-sector stakeholders, ...

President Obama joined the agreement alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping bringing his country onboard during the G20 summit in China. The...

Soil plays critical roles in food security, climate mitigation, ecosystem function, and buffering against extreme weather events. Although it is essential for the stability of the planet, soil is...

In a consensus letter to U.S. policymakers, a partnership of 31 leading nonpartisan scientific societies,...

In celebration of World Water Day, The White House held a Water Summit to highlight the need to conserve, protect, and better manage...

Countries both poor and rich participated in a historic moment on December 2015 as world leaders reached a landmark agreement in Paris to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate...

Curbing climate change will protect the planet and help the green economy prosper, President Barack Obama said in his...

At the end of the first hearing he’s chaired on climate change, Senator Ted Cruz (R–TX) laid out a set of facts intended to disprove the claims of those he calls “global warming...

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, in partnership with the Farm Foundation, announced the launch of the Soil Health Institute, a...

A top House lawmaker’s confrontation with government researchers over a groundbreaking climate change study is provoking a national backlash from scientists, who say his campaign...