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Sundrop Farms Produces Tomatoes Using Solar Energy, Desalinated Water

13 Jan

Sundrop Farms produces tomatoes using solar energy and desalinated water.

Sundrop Farms has just made history. The Australian company is the first agribusiness to grow tomatoes using solar power and desalinated water. This marks a major turning point in sustainable agriculture. It proves that crops can be harvested on a mass scale with minimal environmental impact. It’s a story of faith, resilience, and unwavering determination. […]

Forest Service Reports Over 100 Million Dead Trees in California

7 Dec

There are now more than 100 million dead trees in California, due in large part to drought.

California now has 102 million dead trees, a number that increased 62 million just in 2016 alone, according to the U.S. Forest Service. This is because the state has been in a severe drought for the last five years, with some parts of California not having seen rain in over 95 days. There has also […]

Could Eating Bugs Replace Eating Beef?

2 Dec

Eating bugs is a more sustainable way to get protein than eating meat.

Though it tends to get ignored in favor of the more dramatic (and obvious) dangers posed by fossil fuels, the meat industry is a huge contributing factor in global climate change. This happens in a couple of ways. For one, animals like cows produce a lot of methane, which doesn’t stay in the atmosphere as […]

The (Once Slow) Decline of Atmospheric Oxygen

4 Nov

Atmospheric oxygen has been decreasing at a relatively rapid rate.

Oxygen is not only important to life, it has a great impact on evolution. Previous eras in the Earth’s history have had more atmospheric oxygen than we do now, and that contributed to the life that formed. Dinosaurs, for example, lived in an era with more oxygen, which contributed to their ability to grow so […]

Food Waste May Be a Way to Store Energy

5 Oct

food waste may be a new sustainable way to store energy.

Alternative energy sources have been growing in popularity in recent years, especially solar and wind power. However, excess energy still needs to be stored for when days are overcast or the air is still. To keep up with an increasing trend of generating electricity from renewable resources, use of battery and flywheel energy storage has […]

Plan In Place to Restore 1 Million Corals Over 15 Years

3 Oct

Mote Marine Laboratory and The Nature Conservancy will work together to restore coral reefs.

Coral reefs are not just beautiful, they’re an essential part of the coastal ecosystems in which they occur. They harbor extensive biodiversity, and provide a lot of resources for people living near them. However, overfishing, increasing ocean acidification, and increasing ocean temperatures threaten those reefs. In a lot of ways, coral reefs can be looked […]

A Quick Fall Vegetable Planting Primer

28 Sep

Fall garden crops

It’s pretty common for people to grow herbs and vegetables during the spring and summer. As the air gets crisp and frost sets in, most plants freeze and die. Many people don’t realize there are a variety of crops that can be planted in the fall. In fact, the cool weather even brings out the flavor […]

Canvas Bags Aren’t Eco-friendly Because We’re Using Them Wrong

21 Sep

Canvas shopping bags have become an everyday part of life. Many stores and farmers’ market vendors have stopped giving away plastic bags, expecting customers to bring their own canvas bags or selling paper bags for a nominal price. Some cities have banned plastic bags entirely. Plastic bags have become the enemy. But according to a […]

International Project Underway to Reduce Cow Methane Emissions

14 Sep

Research to reduce cow methane emissions is currently underway.

In discussions about climate change, carbon dioxide gets a lot of the attention, but about 16 percent of the greenhouse gases created by human activity consists of methane, and about one-third of those methane emissions are produced by cattle. The roughly one billion cattle grazing at any given time on the planet create about 500 […]

Humanity’s Environmental Footprint Continues to Grow

12 Sep

Humanity's environmental footprint continues to grow despite efforts to reverse it.

A recent study by Professor Bill Laurance of James Cook University has found that humanity’s environmental footprint has impacted almost the entire planet. Only the most remote areas have not been directly impacted or changed by human activity, and 71 percent of ecoregions across the globe have seen a marked increase in human activity in […]