Canada's pigs are about to get a little more breathing space. The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) has introduced a new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs that effectively bans the use of controversial gestation crates in which sows are so confined that they are unable to turn around.
For six decades, writer Wendell Berry has spoken out in defense of local agriculture, rural communities, and the importance of caring for the land. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he talks about his Kentucky farm, his activism, and why he remains hopeful for the future.
Restoring the Chesapeake The Star Democrat Formed from concrete with pocked surfaces mimicking the natural hard substrates of coral reefs, “reef balls” are ideal man-made structures for the development of oyster populations and also provide a...
Deforestation has long been cited as a problem, but a lack of accessible data meant that the general public had to take someone's word for the figures. As a result, its threat always seemed more abstract and nebulous than, say, climate change or rising sea levels.
Until now: Google has unveiled its Global Forest Watch, an online tool that monitors deforestation around the world in near-real time.
A new study confirms that one of Oklahoma's biggest man-made earthquakes, caused by fracking-linked wastewater injection, triggered an earthquake cascade that led to the damaging magnitude-5.7 Prague quake on Nov. 6, 2011.
National Geographic A Favorite Massachusetts Stream Loses a Dam – and Gains Aquatic Habitat National Geographic The Bartlett Rod Shop Company Dam, built in 1820 on Amethyst Brook in western Massachusetts was removed in November 2012, opening up...
"The book Four Degrees or More? Australia in a hot world, edited by political scientist Peter Christoff, is a timely overview of what we know currently about both global and local predicted impacts of climate change.
As Christoff notes, ‘this four-degree world is one of almost unimaginable social, economic and ecological consequences and catastrophes’ but, given current international and Australian energy and climate policies, it is "an impending reality". The book contains contributions by Australia’s leading scientists and economists, including Ross Garnaut, David Karoly and Will Steffen, setting out a four-degree future across the ecological, social and economic impacts, and the adaptation that will be required."
In what seems like a plot straight out of a low-budget science-fiction film, scientists have revived a giant virus that was buried in Siberian ice for 30,000 years — and it is still infectious. Its targets, fortunately, are amoebae, but the res...
When an elephant is in distress, scientists have found, nearby elephants offer it a reassuring touch to make it feel better.
"Elephants are known to be highly social and intelligent. Now there is evidence that they engage in something that looks very much like a group hug when a fellow elephant is in distress.
looks very much like a group hug
when a fellow elephant is
Joshua Plotnick, who leads a conservation and education group called Think Elephants, and teaches conservation at Mahidol University in Thailand, studied elephants at a park in Chiang Rai Province in Thailand, to look for consolation behavior."
Washington Post Well-funded program tries new approach to tackle overfishing in developing world Washington Post By teaming with Rare, which specializes in developing local community leadership, and UCSB, the group hopes to create a model that can...
One way to address our farming challenges is through various high-tech practices collectively known as precision agriculture. Precision farmers use technology such as self-steering tractors and aerial drones to find ways of more efficiently using water, fertilizer, and other resources. Farmbot is an open source precision agriculture machine, meaning anyone can take the designs and build their own.
"These gallon jugs or bottles are great little growing containers for those with limited space and want to grow veggies. It’s perfect for anyone living in an apartment and cannot afford to have their own garden and cultivate what they want. No mess and no hassle!"