The Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath has dominated the nation’s headlines. Yet, another series of explosions that happened two days later and took four times the number of lives, has gotten a fraction of the coverage.
A major slab of the world’s supply of phosphorous—one of the two dwindling, non-synthesizable elements used in industrial agriculture—sits in highly disputed territory in Morocco, making future access to it uncertain.
Scientists fear that farm chemicals carried from fields into the Mississippi River by this spring’s record floods will create the largest “dead zone” the Gulf of Mexico has seen since measurements were first taken in 1985. (more)