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Lithium battery material found to harm key soil microorganism

The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has been shown to impair a key soil bacterium, according to new research published online in the journal Chemistry of Materials.

Climate Adaptation Conference focuses on “Transforming Awareness into Action”

New water scarcity map offers tool for better planning

Water is essential to human well-being, yet reports of water shortages surface daily. Now, thanks to a team of global water experts, planning for water development and use just took a giant leap forward.

Researchers solve long-standing ecological riddle

Researchers have found clear evidence that communities rich in species are substantially healthier and more productive than those depleted of species, once complicating factors are removed.

Jessica Hellmann named Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow

IonE director Jessica Hellmann has been named to the first cohort of Public Engagement Fellows of theLeshner Leadership Institute at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Project to develop recyclable polyurethane foam wins $10K Dow SISCA prize

A project aimed at developing polyurethane foam that can be recycled has won the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award competition held Dec. 3 at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment in St. Paul.

Satellite observations show global plant growth is not keeping up with CO2 emissions

U of M experts available to discuss upcoming climate change negotiations in Paris

New urban heat island study shows surprising variation in air temperatures across Twin Cities

To Feed Our Hungry Planet

Field of corn

Discoveries at the U of M will increase yield while conserving natural resources.

Cougars likely to recolonize middle part of U.S. within the next 25 years

A groundbreaking new study shows that cougars, also known as mountain lions and pumas, are likely to recolonize portions of habitat in the middle part of the United States within the next 25 years.

To Make Our Communities Greener

A seedling growing out of soil.

Master Gardeners bring research-driven knowledge to the communities they serve and teach.

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