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soil and agriculture

A Prophet of Soil and Carbon Sequestration

Posted: 08.12.2020 no comments

 

Submitted by Ernie Schroeder.   More than 40 years ago, in Nigeria, a young scientist named Rattan Lal encountered an idea that changed his life — and led, eventually, to global recognition and a worldwide movement to protect the planet’s soil.     Lal was fresh out of graduate school, recruited to join the newly […]

 

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Effects of Climate Change on Wine Production

Posted: 01.13.2019 no comments

 

At the day-long conference, Bordeaux in America: The Climate Disruption, four academics detailed the ways in which the climate has changed and will continue to change, as well as the implications for the North American wine industry. They claimed that within 30 years, many vineyard locations within Napa Valley will simply be too warm for […]

 

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Florida’s Summertime Slime Fueled by Climate Change as well as Pollution

Posted: 07.11.2018 no comments

 

Florida is awash in toxic algae right now. Blue-green algae covers 90 percent of Lake Okeechobee. It’s now grown thick in the canals connecting the lake to the St. Lucie River on the east coast, as well as in the Caloosahatchee River near Fort Myers on the west coast.   Read the entire article at the Tampa […]

 

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Is Soil Our Last Great Hope in Avoiding Catastrophic Climate Change?

Posted: 12.15.2017 no comments

 

  Sequestering carbon in soil produces a triple dividend: it reduces climate change by extracting carbon from the atmosphere, it restores the health of degraded soil, and it increases agricultural yields.   Read the entire article at The New York Times.    The earth possesses five major pools of carbon. Of those pools, the atmosphere is […]

 

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This Tiny Country Feeds the World

Posted: 10.25.2017 no comments

 

  Read the entire article at The National Geographic.    In a potato field near the Netherlands’ border with Belgium, Dutch farmer Jacob van den Borne is seated in the cabin of an immense harvester before an instrument panel worthy of the Starship Enterprise. From his perch 10 feet above the ground, he’s monitoring two drones—a driverless […]

 

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There’s a Climate Bomb Under Your Feet

Posted: 10.23.2017 no comments

 

  Read the entire article at Bloomberg.   Soil locks away carbon just as the oceans do. But that lock is getting picked as the atmosphere warms and development accelerates. Long before most people ever heard of climate change, scientists divided a patch of Harvard University-owned forest in central Massachusetts into 18 identical 6-meter by 6-meter squares. […]

 

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Regenerative Agriculture Can Save the Planet

Posted: 05.12.2017 no comments

 

Read the full article at EcoWatch.   A diverse group of farmers, food companies, scientists, non-profit and advocacy groups from more than 100 countries have joined together to support a definition for “regenerative agriculture,” as a way to rebuild soils, produce nutritious food and address the growing threat of climate change. “Regenerative agriculture keeps the natural […]

 

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