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.
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
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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