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  • Nitrate pollution continues for decades after fertilizer use

    Nitrate pollution continues for decades after fertilizer use
    Nitrates from agricultural fertilizer could continue to leach into groundwater for at least 80 years after initial use, according to researchers who conducted a long-term study of nitrogen uptake. Using isotope tracers, scientists followed the fate of...
  • Fallen leaves don't need to be in pieces to use as mulch

    Fallen leaves don't need to be in pieces to use as mulch
    Do I have to cut up fallen leaves with a mower before I use them as mulch? I don't have a mulching mower. No, you don't. In fact, many beneficial insects overwinter in leaf litter. You'll notice that no one chops up the fallen leaves in a woods, yet the...
  • Mayor of West, Texas: The face of a ravaged town

    Mayor of West, Texas: The face of a ravaged town
    WEST, Texas — The two-tone brown Ford F-150 careens into the downtown parking space and out jumps Tommy Muska, a mayor on the move. Wearing a baseball cap, green long-sleeved shirt and bluejeans, his face ruddy from a life under the central Texas...
  • Bravery In Texas Disaster Was First Response

    Some 1,600 miles away from Boston, first responders in West, Texas, also put helping others above their personal safety last week. Many gave their lives doing that. Of the more than a dozen people who died in the explosion of the West Fertilizer Co....
  • Home chore checklist makes way for winter

    Home chore checklist makes way for winter
    Ready to hunker down for winter? Not so fast. Now's the time to tackle a few chores that will help your house and yard ride out the cold season ahead. Here are a few to check off your to-do list. Clean the gutters Gutters and downspouts direct...
  • 'The Dallas Buyers Club,' the AIDS film no one wanted to make

    METAIRIE, La. — In the summer of 1992, an aspiring filmmaker named Craig Borten drove from Los Angeles to Dallas to see a man named Ron Woodroof. Borten was just a few years out of Syracuse University and didn't know what kind of movies he wanted to...
  • All cooped up: a guest cottage for chickens

    All cooped up: a guest cottage for chickens
    Like underfunded pensions and red-light cameras, the chicken coop is a growing trend in urban America. Chickens are a great source for fresh eggs and garden fertilizer (their nitrogen-rich waste matter is perfect for a compost heap). An urban farmer...
  • Ice cream bean tree: Sweetness by the scoop

    Ice cream bean tree: Sweetness by the scoop
    When it comes to drought-tolerant, fast-growing shade trees, few are as useful as the ice cream bean tree, Inga edulis (and its 300-plus related species). Although it grows like a tree, the ice cream bean actually is a legume. It can grow 60 feet or...
  • Roots of pot cultivation in national forests are hard to trace

    Roots of pot cultivation in national forests are hard to trace
    WELDON, Calif. — A few minutes after 4 a.m., agents in camouflage cluster in a dusty field in Kern County. "Movement needs to be slow, deliberate and quiet," the team leader whispers. "Lock and load now." They check their ammunition and assault...
  • Pot farms wreaking havoc on Northern California environment

    Pot farms wreaking havoc on Northern California environment
    EUREKA, Calif. — State scientists, grappling with an explosion of marijuana growing on the North Coast, recently studied aerial imagery of a small tributary of the Eel River, spawning grounds for endangered coho salmon and other threatened fish. In...
  • West Fertilizer Co. had spotty regulatory history, records show

    West Fertilizer Co. had spotty regulatory history, records show
    The West, Texas, fertilizer plant destroyed by a massive explosion has paid nearly $8,000 to at least two regulatory agencies for safety and transportation violations, records show. West Fertilizer Co. paid $5,250 last year to the U.S. Pipeline and...