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New Energy Frontier: Drilling Into Coal for Gas

New Energy Frontier: Drilling Into Coal for Gas | sustainablity | Scoop.it
Borrowing technology from fracking, energy companies are touting a new approach to coal—igniting it underground to produce gas. Is it cleaner, or just more risky?
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We Told You So

We Told You So | sustainablity | Scoop.it
A new analysis by economists at Ohio State University and the University of Illinois concludes that lavish subsidy programs created in the 2014 farm bill could cost taxpayers billions more than expected.
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'Smart Cities' Should Mean 'Sharing Cities'

'Smart Cities' Should Mean 'Sharing Cities' | sustainablity | Scoop.it
When mayors and developers focus on technology rather than people, smart quickly becomes stupid
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Scientists praise and challenge FAO on agroecology | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Scientists praise and challenge FAO on agroecology | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy | sustainablity | Scoop.it
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Cross-Bred Crops Get Fit Faster - Cornucopia Institute

Cross-Bred Crops Get Fit Faster - Cornucopia Institute | sustainablity | Scoop.it
Genetic engineering lags behind conventional breeding in efforts to create drought-resistant maize. Nature by Natasha Gilbert Credit: Billy Hathorn Old-fas
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U.S.D.A. to Start Program to Support Local and Organic Farming

U.S.D.A. to Start Program to Support Local and Organic Farming | sustainablity | Scoop.it
The organic farm sector, though growing exponentially, has hankered for attention from the government. Support increased in the farm bill signed earlier this year, and more is coming.
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Ogallala water continues to pour onto farm fields despite decades of dire forecasts / LJWorld.com

Ogallala water continues to pour onto farm fields despite decades of dire forecasts / LJWorld.com | sustainablity | Scoop.it
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West Virginia Plans To Frack Beneath Ohio River, Which Supplies Drinking Water To Millions

West Virginia Plans To Frack Beneath Ohio River, Which Supplies Drinking Water To Millions | sustainablity | Scoop.it
After the Ohio River is done, the state is also looking at other rivers and a wildlife management area for further drilling.
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Seeds of Resilience, Seeds of Sovereignty

Seeds of Resilience, Seeds of Sovereignty | sustainablity | Scoop.it
In this episode, Local Bites interviews ecologist and renowned seed conservationist, Dr. Debal Deb on the value of traditional seeds in an unstable world.
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Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us

Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us | sustainablity | Scoop.it
Paul Verhaeghe: An economic system that rewards psychopathic personality traits has changed our ethics and our personalities
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The Fallacy of Feeding the World

The Fallacy of Feeding the World | sustainablity | Scoop.it
Yesterday I heard someone talking about how the US has a responsibility to “feed the world”. I have a real problem with this, who gave us this mandate? The thought of the US “feeding the world” is ridiculous in so many ways, but more so, it is condescending to say the least, to the rest of the world. Who made us keepers of the world? Who decided we knew how to feed them and who decided the people of world were incapable of feeding themselves?
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Drought has 14 communities on the brink of waterlessness

Drought has 14 communities on the brink of waterlessness | sustainablity | Scoop.it
Under the blistering Central Valley sun, Filiberta Sanchez and her toddler granddaughter strolled down a Parkwood sidewalk lined with yellow weeds, dying grass and trees more fit for kindling than shade.
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Solar energy: a sunflower solution to electricity shortage

Solar energy: a sunflower solution to electricity shortage | sustainablity | Scoop.it
A new piece of solar technology from IBM not only provides electricity – it can desalinate water for sanitation and drinking, writes Robin McKie
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A scientist's aim: Save the bees

A scientist's aim: Save the bees | sustainablity | Scoop.it
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Auditors fault EPA for lax chemical safeguards

Auditors fault EPA for lax chemical safeguards | sustainablity | Scoop.it
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t do enough to stop hundreds of hazardous chemicals from getting into waterways via sewage plants, a watchdog report found.
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GMO Crops Accelerate Herbicide and Insecticide Use While Mainstream Media Gets It Wrong » EcoWatch

GMO Crops Accelerate Herbicide and Insecticide Use While Mainstream Media Gets It Wrong » EcoWatch | sustainablity | Scoop.it
Michael Specter’s recent articles bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered foods in the New Yorker are the latest high-profile pro-GMO articles that fail to engage with the fundamental critique of genetically engineered food crops in U.S. today. Rather than reduce pesticide inputs, GMOs are causing them to skyrocket in amount and toxicity.
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Cross-Bred Crops Get Fit Faster - Cornucopia Institute

Cross-Bred Crops Get Fit Faster - Cornucopia Institute | sustainablity | Scoop.it
Genetic engineering lags behind conventional breeding in efforts to create drought-resistant maize. Nature by Natasha Gilbert Credit: Billy Hathorn Old-fas
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Why Organic Is Called Unconventional Farming - Organic Connections

Why Organic Is Called Unconventional Farming - Organic Connections | sustainablity | Scoop.it
The Lexicon of Sustainability gives us a primer on how organic farming became unconventional agriculture and the farmers who revel in the unconventional.
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Dry Humor: Too Much Water Doesn't Damp Germans' Thrifty Habits

Dry Humor: Too Much Water Doesn't Damp Germans' Thrifty Habits | sustainablity | Scoop.it
The nation's love of conservation is criticized by some as overkill, but many Germans can't quit their water-saving habits.
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US Consumers’ Behavior ‘Least Sustainable’ Globally

US Consumers’ Behavior ‘Least Sustainable’ Globally | sustainablity | Scoop.it
Sustainable consumer behavior has decreased since 2012 in five countries including the US and China — with US consumers’ behavior still ranking the least sustainable of all countries surveyed since the inception of
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Willie Nelson and Neil Young Play Sold-Out Concert Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline » EcoWatch

Willie Nelson and Neil Young Play Sold-Out Concert Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline » EcoWatch | sustainablity | Scoop.it
Willie Nelson and Neil Young headlined a concert on a Nebraska farm to spotlight how the Keystone XL pipeline would hurt farms and tribal lands. Nelson and Young played separate sets for the crowd of 8,000, joining together to sing the Woody Guthrie anthem "This Land Is Your Land,"
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Daily water allocation could be the next California drought strategy

Daily water allocation could be the next California drought strategy | sustainablity | Scoop.it
You probably know your Social Security number, your driver’s license number and perhaps the latest wrinkle in mattress marketing, your sleep number.But do you know your drought number?The latter represents the amount of water you
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Breeder working on ‘Organic Ready’ corn that blocks GMO contamination | Harvest Public Media

Breeder working on ‘Organic Ready’ corn that blocks GMO contamination | Harvest Public Media | sustainablity | Scoop.it
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Sizzle, Sizzle, Fossil Fuels and Trouble: Study Confirms Climate Change Drove Extreme Heat Waves

Sizzle, Sizzle, Fossil Fuels and Trouble: Study Confirms Climate Change Drove Extreme Heat Waves | sustainablity | Scoop.it
A new study has added to body of evidence linking human-caused climate change with extreme heat events.
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Agriculture beyond the Green Revolution: Shaping the Future We Want

Agriculture beyond the Green Revolution: Shaping the Future We Want | sustainablity | Scoop.it
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Grow more food with less water? There's an app for that

Grow more food with less water? There's an app for that | sustainablity | Scoop.it
With nearly 3 billion people already facing water scarcity, farmers look to both tech and tradition for ways to grow more food with less of an increasingly strained resource Today some 2.8 billion people face insufficient supplies of fresh water,...

 

Today some 2.8 billion people face insufficient supplies of fresh water, and according to the United Nations that number is set to increase to half the world’s population by 2030. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that 40% of the world’s food depends on irrigation, which accounts for almost 70% of fresh water used.

It makes sense then that farmers are turning to new and old technology in an attempt to manage their water.

Measure twice, pump once

The old business dogma, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”, holds especially true with water usage. But in many places around the world the amount of water diverted from rivers or pumped from the ground to irrigate crops is not measured. Even California groundwater was totally unregulated until this month.

That’s a political rather than a technological problem, said Peter Gleick, co-founder of the Pacific Institute, an independent research organization focused on water issues. Flow meters to measure water use are neither new nor expensive, Gleick said. But in many places groundwater has long been considered a property right, so farmers have seen no need measure or justify how they use it.

But with drought and over-pumping dropping water tables, some are beginning to recognize that better water use tracking will help to keep a dwindling resource flowing.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Wellntel, a water technology company, is answering that need with a water-measuring system that uses sound sensors to detect the water level in a well – without touching the water or opening the well. The sensors transmit data to the Wellntel website, where customers can log in to private accounts and see their water level at various points: when pumping, after rainfall, and over time.

In an attempt to mollify farmers, Wellntel specifically touts a farmer’s right not to share data on the amount of water used with anyone else.

Waste not, want not

The first place to save water is in conveyance: as much as 60% of the water withdrawn for irrigation is lost through leaks in canals, spillage and evaporation, according to the FAO.

Another part of the problem is flood irrigation – the most common method of field irrigation globally. About half the water on flood irrigated fields isn’t absorbed by crops, according to the US Geological Survey. Instead it runs off, taking with it fertilizers, pesticides and topsoil that pollute water bodies around the world and cause dead zones, areas where too much fertilizer causes algae to bloom, which in turn sucks oxygen out of the water, killing other life....


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