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Carbon Dioxide Levels Climb Into Uncharted Territory for Humans - Highest since 800,000 Years

Carbon Dioxide Levels Climb Into Uncharted Territory for Humans - Highest since 800,000 Years | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it

The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere has exceeded 402 parts per million (ppm) during the past two days of observations, which is higher than at any time in at least the past 800,000 years, according to readings from monitoring equipment on a mountaintop in Hawaii. Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is the most important long-lived greenhouse gas responsible for manmade global warming, and it is building up in the atmosphere due to the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.

 

Once emitted, a single molecule of carbon dioxide can remain aloft for hundreds of years, which means that the effects of today's industrial activities will be felt for the next several centuries, if not thousands of years. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, such as methane, warm the planet by absorbing and redirecting outgoing solar radiation that would otherwise escape back into space.

 

In 2013, atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide briefly hit 400 ppm for the first time in mid-May, but this year that symbolic threshold has been crossed even earlier. This means it is more likely that the annual peak, which typically occurs in mid-to-late May, will climb further above 400 ppm for the first time.

 

Although crossing above 400 ppm is largely a symbolic milestone, scientific research indicates that the higher that carbon dioxide concentrations get, the more global temperatures will increase, resulting in a wide range of damaging effects. These impacts will range from global sea level rise to a heightened risk of heat waves, severe droughts and floods, according to a recently released comprehensive assessment of climate science produced by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

 

Modern carbon dioxide monitoring began in 1958 on the peak of Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano, which is more than two miles high. At that time, carbon dioxide concentrations were at just 313 ppm. They have risen rapidly and steadily since then, both at Mauna Loa and at other observatories around the world. The chart documenting this rise is perhaps the most iconic in all of climate science, known as the "Keeling Curve" for Charles David Keeling, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientist who began and maintained the monitoring program.


According to the Keeling Curve website, carbon dioxide concentrations spiked to 402.20 parts per million on April 7, whereas data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) showed a slightly lower level of 402.11 parts per million on the same day. Both data sets indicate that daily carbon dioxide measurements have been at or above 400 ppm since March 29, and the graph appears on course to stay above 400 ppm throughout the rest of the month and into the next.


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For such an intelligent species, we are certainly slow learners. Thanks for this articulation of the issue.

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Commercial aquaculture has now integrated with hydroponics to create a budding new commercial industry.I,m seeking to curate fish species suitable that get along well with this vegetable/fruit growing systems.Aeroponics is yet another branch of this new farming technology.Clean green obviously ramifications for future feeding of the planets communities~
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The building of a $1,200 spiral aquaponics system. | Over Grow The System

The building of a $1,200 spiral aquaponics system. | Over Grow The System | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
My Good friend Max Meyers of Norcal Aquaponics recently built this stunning "Spiral-ponics" aquaponics system.   "Some photos of my Aquaponics designs and systems at our home, mini-farm and research center!
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In the Aquaponics field there are constant developments by innovative and creative people~ New species trialled,you can grow ornamental fish such as Koi and make a decent profit from them and others like trout as in this very good "Spiral-ponics".Others like Martin Fisk in South Africa build on existing systems like his "CHOP3"( Constant Height One Pump2 ) a Murray Hallum design.. Grow beds for fruiting crops and floating rafts(salads) as sump, cheap one pump power system~ There are also an increasing variety of innovations like Matins to take the more nutrient rich water from base of a swirl filter adding extra small quantities of minerals to get better fruiting crops like tomatoes and capsicums, peppers.In addition to these niche marketable health herbs like Brahmi exotic ones spicy Bock Choi, like I grow Vietnamese mint and hot peppers to be ground up and combined with garlic to make a bug spray ~ Duck weed for fish food and so forth.I lost my yabbies( crustaceans) last winter due to frosty nights and now intend the addition of a solar heating loop ~
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Growing Duckweed

Growing Duckweed | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
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There a few different varietes of Duckweed ~Duckweed is easy to grow and is a nutritious snack for water fowl, poultry, and fish

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▶ How to hold heat in your Aquaponics greenhouse during the winter - YouTube

How to hold heat an Aquaponics greenhouse during those cold winter nights. This is a video about ways to hold heat in a greenhouse with IBC totes, water barr...
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This video is for entertainment purposes only but he has some useful information to impart ~ the Straw hat farmer ~

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New Tech Sheds Light on the Future of Food​ - LiveScience.com

New Tech Sheds Light on the Future of Food​ - LiveScience.com | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
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Vertical farming's biggest limitation is energy consumption.
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Cost of electricity will always hold back indoor Aquaponics and insect infestation ~

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New Wave Aquaponics Modified Swirl Filter - Green Energy Approach

New Wave Aquaponics Modified Swirl Filter - Green Energy Approach | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
New Wave Aquaponics Modified Swirl Filter Aquaponics is an integrated aquaculture (growing fish) and hydroponic (growing soilless plants) system that mutuall… Related posts:Basic Aquaponics SystemOrganic Garden Set Up Aquaponics 1 2014Garage...
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Another simple modified swirl filter recommended for your aquaponics garden to stop clogging up your grow beds ~

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Comment on Red Worms and Vertical Farming by Matrix Media - Safety First, Then Productive Power

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[…] assists with good nitrification and other nutrient processing, it also creates a nice home for red worms, which are a great helper in breaking down solids and making nutrients more bioavailable in […]...
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"assists with good nitrification and other nutrient processing, it also creates a nice home for red worms, which are a great …"

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▶ How To Select Your Fish Tank For Aquaponics - YouTube

Enjoy this free lesson on how to select your aquaponic fish tank from The Aquaponic Gardening Online Course taught by Sylvia Bernstein of The Aquaponic Sourc...
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Sylvia covers a few points about using a plastic tank material that wont leach chemicals in to your food grade round fish tank like polyethylene/ the better stability of your system using using a bigger than 200gal tank/other points circulating water and fish with no corners for fish feces to accumulate ,a wider top also benefits for better oxygen exchange.Fish like a cover to reduce stress and stop them jumping out~ Uniseals and bulkheads preferred for flat surfaces  for outlets~ 1;1 ratio of fish tanks volume to grow bed volume, 6 gallons of water per sq-ft of growing space, could be bigger if your sump is ~

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Comment on Food Safety and Hydroponics: Conventional vs. Organic Fertilizers by Food Safety & Hydroponics Conventional vs. Organic | Organic Social Media

Comment on Food Safety and Hydroponics: Conventional vs. Organic Fertilizers by Food Safety & Hydroponics Conventional vs. Organic | Organic Social Media | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
[…] Source: verticalfoodblog.com […]
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Here again Dr Nate Storey dispels some myths about the word "chemicals" that many who will only eat organic for fear of that word... and I like what he has to say~

["Aim for Transparency, not “Organic”

And transparency is really what we’re looking for, isn’t it? We want to know how our food got to be what it is and where it is. We want to know whose hands have touched our food and how long ago it was harvested. Transparency is the key to finding the food you want- safe, sustainable, and healthy." ]

 Now aint that the simple truth folks , I recommend a good read and listen to his You Tube along with others I,ve posted here on Scoop,it!

 They are a handful the experienced  exponents I personally like the most ~ This guy is from Canada others from Australia ~ USA has the only qualified engineer that travels the world educating on his related field Recirculating Aquaponics Systems Dr Tom Losordo now talking with him integrated Aquaponics expert Dr Wilson Lennard~ The later has with him in Aquaponic Solutions a pioneer in the field, the illustrious Dr James Rakocy , together another must have book anticipated *༺♥༻*

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Unique Led Grow Light for Vertical Growing System

This 700W led grow light specially designed for vertical hydroponics growing and marijuana cultivation.
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It`s a sad day when you don`t learn something new I guess , a cool bit of design ~ The illustrated grown product here hasn't been dealt with by me, mainly food as opposed to medicinals due to wrong assumptions that can be drawn by narrow minded bullshit rubbish people that lock up and ruin young lives futures, experimenting as right of passage~You know Clinton and Obama~ So as with other commercial products and educators systems I don`t endorse one over another but appreciate any innovations in design that can advance aquaponics or hydroponics ~

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Ongoing Adventures In Aquaponics – June 2014 Edition, Part 5

Ongoing Adventures In Aquaponics – June 2014 Edition, Part 5 | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Not Quite Free One of those great words I hear often associated with backyard aquaponics gardening is "free". Most of the time, they mean "free as in beer" (1, see Linkliography below). In practice, it's more like "free as in speech" (1). Let's take a look at a simple "Mark II" conceptualization of my basement aquaponics, including the lessons I've learned so far. 208 L / 50 US Gal Food-safe ABS "blue" barrels - $50 each. Need 2; total $100. ... cut one in half lengthwise. These are your growbeds. ... cut one 1/3 / 2/3 across it's diameter. The 1/3 is your sump, the 2/3 is your fish tank. ... Working water volume = 139L / 34 US Gal. Lumber: 22 m / 75 ft of 50mm x 150mm / 2" x 6" framing lumber. Use to build shelving / supports. Use "glue and screw" for construction. Total $70. ... sump on … Continue reading →
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Just to dispel any misconceptions that backyard aquaponics gardening is very cheap "free" organic vegetables and fish this article gives a realistic breakdown of establishment costs. Break even on your first year and better returns the second for a family of four..Not free but not expensive either ~

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Preventing Fish Disease in Aquaponics

Preventing Fish Disease in Aquaponics | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Find out how to keep disease from reaching the fish in your aquaculture farm. We’ve listed ways to make sure your fish remain healthy.

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Always a good idea to have an extra aerated fish tank or aquarium to salt bath ~ Fish dips and baths will remove external bacteria, parasites, and other disease causing organisms before introducing them into the main tank. Dips and baths are the next best thing to prophylactic quarantine. The main difference between the two is that the dip/bath is an external treatment, while a hospital tank allows the fish to be observed and treated for internal diseases and parasites as well.

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FarmTek - Hydroponic Fodder Systems, Farming & Growing Supplies, Hoop Barns, Poultry & Livestock Equipment, High Tunnels, Greenhouses & More

FarmTek offers the best customer service and most economical prices on products for the agricultural industry. Product offerings include farm supplies, aquaponic, poultry supplies, agriculture products, animal housing, home improvement, commercial high tunnels and hoop houses, fodder growing kits, livestock care and greenhouse equipment, including garden carts and poly film.
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"Our mission at FarmTek is to provide the highest quality products at affordable prices and excellent customer service. Now we are taking our goal of serving you one step further by offering you the chance to attend our Controlled Environment Agriculture School (CEA). This is a great opportunity for you to learn about some of the latest trends in growing."~

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How To Build Hydroponic Growing Systems For Top Yields | Hydroponics Farming Equipment & Supplies

How To Build Hydroponic Growing Systems For Top Yields | Hydroponics Farming Equipment & Supplies | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
How to set up a Hydroponic Growing Systems for farmers seeking to get high yields.
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A good article and basic good video introduction to basic home or farm growing systems ~ Certainly not as demanding to understand as automated systems~ Large systems run by current hydroponics professionals as a friends and contacts on Professional Aquaponics LinkedIn group drive. Joe Swartz and Graham Dunling there, commercial growers have been an inspiration and help sharing their knowledge to that group, that takes years of study and practical experience to gain~ An understanding of the different nutritional requirements of different crops and efficiency in production, automation in planting and harvest systems, software recording to keep track..,. The fast delivery of product and organizing of staffs duties ~ This read will illustrate how you can start small and grow such an enterprise if you love results ~ Again I`m not endorsing advertised products or gurus but the video is a cool little mono-crop system (Capsicums quite expensive out of season, green yellow red and chillies pepper cultivars.>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsicum )~ It would have been good to see the plants growth stages through to cropping my only critique and whether he had a water exchange with fresh lot of nutrients added to replace those taken up by plants but probably not necessary for this small crop.Also a comparison of power usage costs to value of production also comes to mind~

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How to Create the Perfect Pinterest Brand Page

How to Create the Perfect Pinterest Brand Page | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it

Do you know how to create the perfect Pinterest brand page?


Before someone follows you on Pinterest the first thing they will do is to briefly observe your Pinterest brand page. They will glance at your bio, your profile image, your boards and various other components. If your Pinterest brand page is well set up, you will gather board followers or even better, complete page followers and all the time you spent pinning, optimizing your website for Pinterest and running time consuming campaigns will be worthwhile.


So today you will learn how to create the perfect Pinterest brand page, the requisite for Pinterest success. I will first run you through the registration steps and you can then view the infographic which contains the ingredients for a perfect Pinterest brand page. If you have already got a brand page and don’t require registering you can scroll down and skip right ahead to the infographic….


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Here's a basic, practical guide for setting up your business page on Pinterest.

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Your brand on Pinterest? You betcha.

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▶ DIY Solar water heater for aquaponics - YouTube

DIY solar water heater for aquaponics. This panel helps get a few more weeks growth in the spring and fall in our outdoor Tilapia ponds. A few weeks in the s...
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The straw hat farmer from Grow Dinner Aquaponics demonstrates a simple but good cheap water heater for the home aquaponics grower ~

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▶ The Downside of Aquaponics (if there must be one) - YouTube

Most of my videos on aquaponics focus on how much I am learning about it and how excited I am. A few people have wondered what the down side of this aquaponi...
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A quick list from JT Bear and other comments to be considered " Aquaponics (for most people) relies on having electricity to operate the pumps.   If the electricity goes out, your garden comes to a standstill.   You have no way of filtering the water, nor providing adequate oxygen for the fish automatically.   The alternative is to have a battery backup, or a solar .."

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Nutrient reservoir heaters - Progrow Hydroponics

Nutrient reservoir heaters - Progrow Hydroponics | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Did you know nutrient temperature can alter the pH value in #hydroponics?
Keep it stable with a thermostatic heater
http://t.co/IWNbPmeJ8q
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Useful to maintain your system at optimum temperature for growth~

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Indoor Home Aquaponics Automation

Indoor Home Aquaponics Automation | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Built a custom PLC-based control box for my home system. User interface provided by open-source EPICS control system software. Incoming search terms:aquaponics automationRelated posts:Backyard Aquaponics Intall video Part 2 of 3VAWT eletrownia wiatrowa, profesional test, Home Made Wind Turbine , alternator carAquaponics 4 You WOW Aquaponics 4 You
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A basic aquaponics automation side  project this guy has set up to his home aquaponics system logged on his laptop for automation and control... the way to go ~ Plenty of other useful other information at this site~

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The History of Aquaponics - Aquaponics Academy

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In this episode of Aquaponics Academy, Dr. Nate Storey of Bright Agrotech dives into the history of aquaponics and how aquaponics has evolved.

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Podcast`s desighned to overcome common Aquaponics problems~

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This former semiconductor factory is now the world's largest indoor farm, producing 10K heads of lettuce per day

This former semiconductor factory is now the world's largest indoor farm, producing 10K heads of lettuce per day | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
This indoor Japanese farm uses LED lights and hydroponics to produce lettuce 2.5 times faster, with just 1% of the water, when compared to an outdoor farm.

Via Alan Yoshioka
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There is a PDF download here that may be of particular interest to to the LinkedIn Professional Aquaponics Group I delighted to be a member of with many cutting edge informative members that share information about automation and aspirations to contribute to future global food security ~ It takes money to make money~ I,m biased towards Family farms but are not oblivious to the fact that factory corporate farming has and is part of every day food production on a scale beyond the reach of the family farm~ It may offer opportunities to those who maybe dealt a bad hand by fate in this new innovative food production method by capitalizing on the knowledge they have after going bust on their own as many ventures have to-date ~

[ http://www.fieldrobotics.org/~ssingh/VF/Challenges_in_Vertical_Farming/Schedule_files/SHIMAMURA.pdf  ]

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Comment on The Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Your System by The Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Your System |...

Comment on The Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Your System by The Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Your System |... | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
[…] There are 2 kinds of fertilizer: liquid & powdered. When looking for the best hydroponic nutrients for your system there are several things to keep in mind.  […]
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These boys are good ~ Nice one Nate he advises.. "How often should you check your system? If you are hand dosing your system (testing the water yourself), you will want to check it once or twice a day. The more convenient option is to buy a dosing system- a computer with sensors and pumps hooked up to solution which tests the water in your sump tank for you (every 5 or 10 seconds) and corrects it automatically. One such dosing system is Autogrow’s IntelliDose."

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Five-acre Aquaponic Farm in Florida Finds Market for High-end Greens

Five-acre Aquaponic Farm in Florida Finds Market for High-end Greens | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Ryan Chatterson has figured out that special combination of skills needed by today's aspiring aquaponic farmer: the ability to grow and the ability to market.
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Winners are grinner's ~ We need more good news stories like this as aquaponics is not the "darling" of investors and banks unfortunately~

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The Purpose of the ZipGrow Tower Design - YouTube

Why are the towers white? Why do you only grow on one side? In this video, Bright Agrotech's Co-Founder, Nate Storey, answers two common questions with verti...
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Nate Storey, answers two common questions with vertical farming:
1) Why are the towers white?
2) Why does Bright Agrotech only use one side of the tower?

Its about light and what works better ~

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▶ Internet of Farming: Arduino-based, backyard aquaponics - YouTube

Rik Kretzinger grew up on a Christmas tree farm and spent his college years studying horticulture, but he found it too difficult to make a living as a small ...
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Precise control ~ Internet of Farming: Arduino-based, backyard aquaponics.

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Introduction To Compliance Issues for Small Farmers Webinar

Introduction To Compliance Issues for Small Farmers Webinar | Aquaponics~Aquaculture~Fish~Food | Scoop.it
Are a commercial farmer looking to begin selling to grocery stores but worried about compliance? This webinar is for you. Download the packet as well
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An introduction to compliance issues for small producers ~

 

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