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Fields of Green Spring up in Saudi Arabia

Fields of Green Spring up in Saudi Arabia | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia is drilling for a resource possibly more precious than oil by tapping hidden reserves of water in the Syrian Desert.

Via Seth Dixon
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

I have seen some of the greening of the Saudi desert myself. This is a site to behold.

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James Hobson's curator insight, October 22, 6:18 PM

(Southwest Asia topic 1)

Oil isn't the only precious liquid buried beneath the Arabian Peninsula. Large pockets of underground water are stored beneath the arid landscape. Recently this water has been being tapped more and more as agriculture in the region expands. Economically and politically, Saudi Arabia is hoping to become less dependent on foreign agriculture, just as the U.S. is pushing for less dependence on foreign oil. However, drilling for both in the same place is something that requires extreme levels of caution; watered-down oil would be an economic inconvenience, but oil mixing with a country's water supply is a life-or-death issue.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, October 23, 8:33 PM

The transformation of Saudi Arabia's greenery is a smart idea and I can imagine incredibly beneficial.  We always hear about not wanting to be oil dependent on a foreign countries.  What do oil rich countries say?  Well, Saudi Arabia found a solution for not wanting to be dependent on foreign countries for their agricultural needs.

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 26, 9:37 PM

From 1987-2012 NASA has been recording some very strange topography from satellite imaging. Green patches have been presenting themselves as a result of deep oil drilling. In search of fossil fuels far below the desert's crust, water reserves have been located. These water reserves are believed to have been trapped from the last Ice Age. It is because of this discovery that these water reserves have been tapped and irrigation has taken place.Irrigation is being used to water fields with a sprinkler system. This process is known as center-pivot irrigation. Although experts do not know how much water could be below the surface, it is estimated it may only be enough to last for 50 years. With this estimation this may only be a temporary aid to this otherwise dry country.

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6 New Year's Resolutions for Better City Life | Sustainable Cities Collective

6 New Year's Resolutions for Better City Life | Sustainable Cities Collective | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

(by Cristiana StravaIt) 

It's the time of year again when we take stock of the old and pledge to be better in the new. Since our goal at Polis is to foster dialogue and cooperation for improving city life, I'm proposing a short list of New Year's resolutions to help us all live better urban lives...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 3, 2013 5:42 AM

An overview of practices and programs that enable a more sustainable and engaged approach to urban design and planning on the community scale.


Featured topics include:


1. Cycle and Recycle

2. Use Public Transport (More)

3. Get Involved in Your Community

4. Explore

5. Make a Map

6. Support Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens