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Argentina Locust Plague: Armageddon, End of Days Or Climate Change Disaster?

Argentina Locust Plague: Armageddon, End of Days Or Climate Change Disaster? | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
Argentina Locust Plague: Armageddon, End of Days Or Climate Change Disaster?

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To Feed Billions, Farms Are About Data as Much as Dirt

To Feed Billions, Farms Are About Data as Much as Dirt | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
Keywords: Data-centric companies with Silicon Valley pedigrees, like Granular and aerial surveillance startup DroneDeploy, have the ability to help farms run as efficiently as Google runs its data centers, writes Christopher Mims.

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Smartphones enlisted to battle crop disease - Farm and Dairy

Smartphones enlisted to battle crop disease - Farm and Dairy | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates crop diseases annually reduce potential yields by 40 percent. A new photo database, 'PlantVillage', will help.

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Crop Failure and Fading Food Supplies: Climate Change's Lasting Impact (Op-Ed)

Crop Failure and Fading Food Supplies: Climate Change's Lasting Impact (Op-Ed) | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
Crop Failure and Fading Food Supplies: Climate Change's Lasting ImAs prolonged drought and extreme temperatures have taken their terrible toll on food crops in recent years, nations have tended to focus on regional episodes, such as a single drought-afflicted state or region. Now, scientists have assessed the global scale of food crop disasters for the first time — and the news is not good.pact (Op-Ed

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This Former Fisherman Is Now Farming the Most Sustainable Food on Earth—Underwater

This Former Fisherman Is Now Farming the Most Sustainable Food on Earth—Underwater | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
[From the introduction by Lisa Holmes, president of the board of CitySeed and member of the board of GreenWave:] By designing a small-scale, affordable, and open-sourced solution to what often feels like an insurmountable challenge, Bren Smith gives us all the precious gift of possibility and hope.
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Lettuce, From a Skyscraper Near You

Lettuce, From a Skyscraper Near You | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
Vertical farms are gaining traction from Illinois to Singapore, but questions remain about their role in urban agriculture.
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Behind Toledo’s Water Crisis, a Long-Troubled Lake Erie

Behind Toledo’s Water Crisis, a Long-Troubled Lake Erie | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
Pollution concerns persist about tides of phosphorus in the Great Lakes and in waterways across the United States.
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Sustainable Architecture Showcased By 10 Houses That Also Have Green Spaces

Sustainable Architecture Showcased By 10 Houses That Also Have Green Spaces | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
Sustainable architecture is a term that describes environmentally conscious design and architectural techniques. Sustainable architecture has appeared because of the discussion of sustainability and the pressing economic and political issues of our world.
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Millions Of Crop-Devouring Caterpillars Invade West Africa

Millions Of Crop-Devouring Caterpillars Invade West Africa | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
Millions of caterpillars, are munching through fields northern Liberia and marching into homes, causing many people to abandon their houses.
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Chemical cuisine poised to shake up food chain - life - 04 June 2014 - New Scientist

Chemical cuisine poised to shake up food chain - life - 04 June 2014 - New Scientist | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
Roast pork meringue? Eggs minus the chicken? Helen Thomson hits Paris to explore the designer dishes that could change the way we eat
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News - Nearby alien star hosts what could be the oldest potentially-habitable exoplanet ever found - The Weather Network

News - Nearby alien star hosts what could be the oldest potentially-habitable exoplanet ever found - The Weather Network | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
One of two planets orbiting a nearby star - an alien visitor to our galaxy - may be the oldest one astronomers have found with the potential for life.
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Invasion of tough European bumblebees could wipe out their weaker British cousins, scientists warn

Invasion of tough European bumblebees could wipe out their weaker British cousins, scientists warn | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
A species of bee from Europe that has stronger resistance to parasite infections than native bumblebees has spread across the UK, raising fears that it could wipe out large numbers of the country’s beleagured population of domestic species.
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Astronomers Discover the "Mega Earth," an Entirely New Type of Planet

Astronomers Discover the "Mega Earth," an Entirely New Type of Planet | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
Meet the "Mega Earth." Described today by astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, this ancient rocky world weighs 17 times as much as Earth — which is a big surprise considering that rocky, solid planets aren't supposed to get that huge.
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Climate change threatens European wine production

Climate change threatens European wine production | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it

The EU is the world's biggest wine producer, but a recent publication has revealed the extent to which the sector is under threat from climate change. EurActiv France reports. 

The harvest is already over for many Beaujolais wine makers. Early harvests have also taken producers in many other French regions by surprise.

Some wine makers were concerned by the unusually hot summer, but the resulting high sugar content in this year's grapes, which guarantees a high level of alcohol in the finished product, is seen by many as a good thing.


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China leads the way: Intercropping for ecological and economic efficiency in agriculture

China leads the way: Intercropping for ecological and economic efficiency in agriculture | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
Creating a sustainable agricultural system is one of the greatest concerns facing the world today.  Human population growth, degraded lands, and stagnating productivity gains are combining to produce a global agricultural emergency.  Past work has predicted that crop productivity will need to double to feed a growing population of 7 billion.  The solution will likely come from a combination of sources: altered dietary habits, technological breakthroughs, and more sustainable and efficient use of currently cultivated lands.

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I hope that the method of farming China is beginning to use starts a trend and spreads globally. America as a country needs a better way to produce food for all of its people - what better way than to shift from commercial farming to sustainable agriculture. It's a big step but hopefully China can lead the way!

Aaron Burnette's curator insight, October 30, 2015 10:10 AM

China has discovered a new way of farming that is changing the way things are done.

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Necessity Is Driving Agricultural Innovation Indoors

Necessity Is Driving Agricultural Innovation Indoors | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it

According to the United Nations, the earth will house an estimated 9.7 billion people by 2050.

Consequently, more food will need to be produced over the next four decades than has been produced over the last 10,000 years. And with more than 99.7 percent of global food coming from land, and most of the arable land already accounted for, increasing yields per surface area is essential.

One crop production solution creating opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and multinational companies is vertical farming, aka plant factories. Although nomenclature varies, the concept involves growing crops on urban rooftops or in high rises or other controlled, indoor environments, which build vertically in stacks as opposed to spreading horizontally.


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As climate change threatens CentAm coffee, a cocoa boom is born

As climate change threatens CentAm coffee, a cocoa boom is born | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
Brimming with shade trees and bounded by the Tuma river, the lower climes of Roger Castellon's farm in Nicaragua's mountainous Jinotega department were long ideal for growing coffee.

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Comet 67P becomes landing site for Philae in historic touchdown

Comet 67P becomes landing site for Philae in historic touchdown | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
Safe landing gives scientists their first chance to ride a comet and study close up what happens as it gets closer to the sun
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Local Motors’ 3D Printed ‘Strati’ Car Has Just Taken Its First Test Drive

Local Motors’ 3D Printed ‘Strati’ Car Has Just Taken Its First Test Drive | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
When it comes to 3D printing, new breakthroughs and new achievements are being realized almost on a daily basis. From 3D printable human tissue, to a 3D pri
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As more male bass switch sex, a strange fish story expands

As more male bass switch sex, a strange fish story expands | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
First discovered in the Potomac in 2003, male bass with female eggs has spread to three river systems
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hugelkultur: the ultimate raised garden beds

hugelkultur: the ultimate raised garden beds | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
Soil on wood makes a raised garden bed that can support your favorite garden plants all summer without irrigation
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How Weeds Could Help Feed Billions in a Warming World by Lisa Palmer: Yale Environment 360

How Weeds Could Help Feed Billions in a Warming World by Lisa Palmer: Yale Environment 360 | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
Scientists in the U.S. and elsewhere are conducting intensive experiments to cross hardy weeds with food crops such as rice and wheat. Their goal is to make these staples more resilient as higher temperatures, drought, and elevated CO2 levels pose new threats to the world’s food supply.
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Fears over grey squirrels in Europe - Independent.ie

Fears over grey squirrels in Europe - Independent.ie | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
Scientists are in a race against time to stop the grey squirrel launching an invasion across mainland Europe.
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Now THIS Is a Synapse – Phenomena: Only Human

Now THIS Is a Synapse – Phenomena: Only Human | 21st Century Living | Scoop.it
Every time I read about the synapse, the all-important junction between two neurons, the cartoon above pops into my head. It shows the gist of how a synapse works: An electrical pulse enters the ce...
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