Category: Sustainability


ISU team receives XPRIZE Carbon Removal milestone award for innovative vision to remove carbon from the atmosphere

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

An Iowa State University research team that helped develop a demonstration-scale pyrolyzer capable of sequestering thousands of tons of carbon dioxide a year has received a prestigious milestone award from XPRIZE Carbon Removal, it was announced on Friday. The milestone prize provides $1 million to the carbon removal team at the Bioeconomy Institute to help…


Iowa State Scientists Solving the complex puzzle of dissolved phosphorus loss from farmland

By Iowa Nutrient Research Center

A research project by Iowa State University soil scientists provides new insight into the complex picture of phosphorus loss from farmland and evidence proving phosphorus runoff is often underestimated. One of the project’s primary objectives was to determine how much dissolved phosphorus (P) in surface runoff may not be accurately measured by common methods. The…


Soil study shows why nitrous oxide emissions should factor into climate change mitigation

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Poorly drained agricultural soils emit enough of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide that the resulting climate change effects could far exceed the benefits of using the same soils as a means of sequestering carbon, according to a recently published scientific study. The study, published Monday in the academic journal Proceedings of the National Academy of…


New study calls for mitigation, monitoring of common grease-proofing food packaging chemicals

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Chemicals used to “grease proof” everything from food packaging to carpets have built up in the environment for decades and contaminate ecosystems across the globe, and a new study is calling for a better understanding of the risks posed by these chemicals. The study, published in the academic journal Trends in Food Science & Technology, collects…


Iowa State University team will expand high-tech toolbox to help identify promising conservation practices

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

A team led by Iowa State University researchers will expand and revamp an electronic toolbox designed to help farmers and landowners identify the conservation practices best suited for their land. The team received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to add to and expand the Agricultural Conservation…