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The latest cutting-edge technology changing our landscapes? Trees

Posted on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 by

Most people round here think it’s pretty normal for the earth to just blow away,” says Lynn Briggs. “They seem to think it’s what happens and you just have to live with it. It’s even got a name – they call it fen blow.” But when Lynn and her husband Stephen …

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7 ways to spot a healthy forest

Posted on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 by

Sizing up the health of a forest may be hard to do with the naked eye. There’s a lot going on in there. Plants, animals, people and businesses all play critical roles behind the scenes. Forests are critical from every angle. Animals and people rely on them for food, clean …

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These farmers are doing the impossible: growing fresh veggies in the coldest parts of the planet

Posted on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 by

Halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, the islands of Svalbard are a palette of blue, white and brown — from the Arctic Ocean to glaciers, frozen sea ice and permafrost mountains. Upon first glance, it’s not a destination that inspires much in the way of agriculture. “This whole …

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The Secret To Biochar’s Success Might Finally Have Been Revealed

Posted on Thursday, December 21st, 2017 by

  If you heat organic waste in a low-oxygen environment (pyrolysis), you get a substance known as biochar. Biochar’s excellence as a crop enhancer has been known for a century – and possibly much longer in cultures such as the indigenous inhabitants of the Amazon Rainforest. Indeed, in some circles biochar has …

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The Simple River-Cleaning Tactics That Big Farms Ignor

Posted on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 by

DES MOINES, IOWAIone Cleverley wasn’t eager to break up with her tenant, who had been farming 88 acres of her central Iowa land for more than a decade. He was affable and hardworking, but after harvesting his corn and soybeans, the farmer left her fields unplanted. Cleverley had learned that …

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The teenager inventor who could change the way the world fights climate change

Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017 by

Ethan Novek speaks fast and insists on giving you every detail, even in response to simple questions. It can be overwhelming. But it’s worth sticking with him. Novek started winning science fairs in middle school and was awarded his first patent at 16. Now, at 18, he has his own …

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How to Grow a Winter Kitchen Garden

Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 by

Winter is a time of snowstorms, movie nights by the fire, and…fresh, homemade salsa? At least, it can be for those willing to give indoor vegetable gardening a shot. With a little gear and know-how, a wide variety of fresh produce can be successfully grown throughout the winter. 1. Choose …

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Mixed Forests Are Healthier, But Can They Survive Climate Change?

Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 by

German researchers have confirmed once again that a good forest is a mixed forest, a natural one, with a diversity of species. The more diverse the forest, the better it becomes at doing what forests do. Forests with a greater number of species grow at a faster rate, store more carbon, and are more resistant …

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What Is Carbon Capture and Storage, and Why Do We Need It?

Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 by

A bipartisan group in Congress, including several Ohio Valley lawmakers, is pushing for more federal support for poorly understood technology known as carbon capture and storage. The lawmakers and an uncommon alliance of labor, business, and environmental groups want to pass legislation called the FUTURE Act which would speed commercial deployment of …

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How Regenerative Food and Farming Can Reverse Rural Poverty and Forced Migration in the Americas

Posted on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 by

One of the most politically charged debates today, especially in the U.S. and Europe, is the so-called “immigration crisis.” There are approximately 250 million (3 percent of the world’s 7.6 billion people) migrants in the world today. About 20 percent or 47 million of those, live in the U.S. Another …

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