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Recently there have been many reports about the negative sides of ploughing. The productivity of our soils has constantly increased thanks to the invention of the plough millennia ago, but now ploughing could be a cause for the decline in soil productivity. Dr John Baker, an international soil scientist who ... keep reading
Two students from University of California San Diego (UCSD) have designed an exciting project that ticks all the boxes. It is educational, functional, aesthetic and easy to use. In their own words, they have created “a natural, self-sustainable ecosystem that is easy to care for”. ‘Aquarium enthusiasts’ Eric and Kevin ... keep reading
by Danielle Neirenberg. Potatoes may seem fairly humble, but there are more than 4,500 species of potato in the world. Likewise, there are at least 1,000 pepper plant varieties, 7,500 tomato species, and 7,500 known apple varieties worldwide. However, the incredible variety of the planet’s ... keep reading
A recent article by the BBC indicates that deforestation in the Amazon is increasing. The Brazilian government says deforestation in the Amazon increased in the year from August 2012 to July 2013 by 28%. This is in stark contrast to the stats from last year when the country reported the ... keep reading
Courts, councils, and voters across North America are weighing in on genetically modified (GM) crops this month. In Washington state, voters are beginning to cast ballots in favor of or opposing Initiative 522, which would mandate that all GM food products, seeds, and seed stocks carry labels in the state ... keep reading
Straw from agriculture could play an important role in the future energy mix for Germany. Up until now it has been underutilised as a biomass residue and waste material. These were the conclusions of a study conducted by the TLL (Thueringian regional institute for agriculture), the DBFZ (German biomass research ... keep reading
Written by Tilo Arnhold, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, original article: Renewable Energy World. last month, about Biofuels & Alternative Energy, Carbon Sequestration, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Green energy
Already rubbish (trash) is being generated faster than other environmental pollutants, including greenhouse gases. Writing in a Nature Comment piece, Daniel Hoornweg and co-authors use ‘business-as-usual’ projections to predict that by 2100, solid-waste generation rates will exceed 11 million tonnes per day — more than three times today’s rate. The ... keep reading
As the atmosphere warms, the air will hold more water, leading to an increase in extreme rainfall, scientists claim. Research published in Geophysical Research Letters warns that extreme rainfall, currently considered a once in 50-year event, will become more common over the course of the century. Using eight advanced, high-resolution ... keep reading
As human life expectancy increases, so does the percentage of invasive and endangered birds and mammals, according to a new study by the University of California, Davis. The study, published in the September issue of Ecology and Society, examined a combination of 15 social and ecological variables -- from tourism and ... keep reading
The rise in surface air temperatures in southern Africa over the past two decades may be due to the loss of upper atmospheric ozone over Antarctica, reports a paper published online this week in Nature Geoscience. The findings suggest that the closure of the Antarctic ozone hole could lead to ... keep reading
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