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The Rise Of Superweeds—And What To Do About It

Staff Writer | Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) | December 5, 2013

It sounds like a sci-fi movie: American farmers fighting desperately to hold back an onslaught of herbicide-defying "superweeds." But there's nothing imaginary—or entertaining—about this scenario. Superweeds are all too real, and they have now spread to over 60 million acres of our farmland, wreaking environmental and economic havoc wherever they go. Read More »

Why This Year's Gulf Dead Zone Is Twice As Big As Last Year's

Tom Philpott | Mother Jones | August 14, 2013

[...] This year's "biological desert" (NOAA's phrase) is much bigger than last year's, below, which was relatively tiny because Midwestern droughts limited the amount of runoff that made it into the Gulf. At about 2,900 square miles, the 2012 edition measured up to be about a third as large as Delaware. Read More »