Tag: Agriculture

Global Water Scarcity: Can We Solve It?

Written by | March 1st, 2012

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A new study offers the most comprehensive look at global water shortages to date. Find out what’s causing the water problem — and if we can solve it — from freshwater expert & optimist Brian Richter.

How to Get Things Done in Washington Today

Written by | December 7th, 2011

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While the Super Committee failed to agree on a plan to reduce the nation’s budget deficit, Bob Bendick found proof that government can still produce results that serve the broad interests of the American people.

Could You Live Off the Grid?

Written by | December 1st, 2011

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Living off the grid seems impossible, but our ecologist is inspired by a canoe builder to make some changes—starting with the food his family eats.

Cool Green Morning: Monday, November 14

Written by | November 14th, 2011

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Start your week off right. Read some green news.

  1. In honor of 11/11/11, here are 11 of America’s greatest national parks and heritage sites for your bucket list. (The Daily Green)
  2. Humans may be one reason Indonesian orangutans are doomed to extinction. (Mongabay)
  3. Exposure to a common industrial solvent may increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s. (BBC)
  4. Nest boxes installed at a California vineyard attract bluebirds and reduces pests. (Green)
  5. In other wine news, TreeHugger shares 25 cheap, eco-friendly wines for the holidays. Hiccup. (TreeHugger)

How to Feed Seven Billion and Counting

Written by | November 1st, 2011

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How can we help the world’s growing population thrive without ruining our natural systems? One solution is to better integrate conservation and agriculture.

Blog Action Day 2011: Is Organic Food Better for the Environment?

Written by | October 16th, 2011

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Cool Green Science is participating in Blog Action Day, an annual event that is sparking a conservation about food. Here we break down organic vs. conventional farming.

International Farmland Deals: Landgrab or Markets at Work?

Written by | October 7th, 2011

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Oxfam released a report on “landgrabbing,” the buying up of agricultural land by foreign investors.

Jevons Paradox: When Doing More with Less Isn’t Enough

Written by | September 1st, 2011

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Energy efficiency leads to lower energy prices—but will that mean more energy consumption? One in-vogue theory says yes, but Conservancy scientist Rob McDonald says it’s not so hot.

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, August 4

Written by | August 4th, 2011

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Let’s hear it for sharks!

  1. Pacific Islands team up to create a regional shark sanctuary. (Green)
  2. The EPA has a documented case of fracking causing water contamination. (The New York Times)
  3. If you’ve ever wanted to go on an expedition to study jumbo squid, this blog’s for you. (Scientific American Expeditions)
  4. Plants with deeper roots could pull more CO2 from the air and improve water retention. (YaleE360)
  5. In honor of shark week, check out these 8 crazy cool shark tales (w/ video). (TreeHugger)

Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, July 19

Written by | July 19th, 2011

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Eco-enlightenment awaits you:

  1. This handy chart shows the climate impact of your food choices (eating a cheeseburger=driving 10 miles!). (Green)
  2. Help save bats from your phone with the latest in citizen science apps. (Extinction Countdown)
  3. Scientists find a stand of trees in California untouched by sudden oak death–can it help save other forests? (The New York Times)
  4. A new study shows forests absorb more CO2 than previously thought. (The Christian Science Monitor)
  5. One writer says organic farming isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. (Grist)
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