Could We Grow Fruit Trees in the Omani Desert?! Well, if a certain Dutch inventor is to be believed, then the answer is a resounding yes - and we could do so without irrigation! Pieter Hoff is the founder of a company that has pioneered a planting technology called Groasis. Yesterday he was in Salalah to give a presentation at Dhofar University and introduce the concept to us. Mr. Sea levels are rising much faster than any time in past 2,800 years. And it’s going to get worse WASHINGTON — Sea levels on Earth are rising several times faster than they have in the past 2,800 years and are accelerating because of man-made global warming, according to new studies. An international team of scientists dug into two dozen locations across the globe to chart gently rising and falling seas over centuries and millennia. Until the 1880s and the world’s industrialization, the fastest seas rose was about 3 to 4 centimetres a century, plus or minus a bit. During that time global sea level really didn’t get much higher or lower than 7.5 centimetres above or below the 2,000-year average. But in the 20th century the world’s seas rose 14 centimetres. Since 1993 the rate has soared to 30 centimetres per century.
Farm flourishes on Alaska tundra BETHEL, Alaska -- The red barn on the barren, windswept plain along the Kuskokwim River outside of this village-cum-regional-hub in far Western Alaska is more than a touchstone for some foolish pioneer yearning for a homeland far away. Tim Meyers doesn't much miss Wisconsin. He left there a long, long time ago, and he has never harbored any desire to go back. Alaska is in his blood. He likes the freedom of the frontier where a man can pursue just about any crazy idea that comes into his head because there aren't a lot of people around to tell him he can't.
Medicinal use of the Trees : Extreme Reforestation By Liliana Usvat Blog 225-365 I started this Blog because of a trip in Spain. We drove for hours and the mountains had no vegetation. So I decided that If I can make a small difference with my opinions and research in reforestation it will be worth to try. I figure it that massive logging was the cause of decline of Roman Empire. El Niño–Southern Oscillation Southern Oscillation Index timeseries 1876–2012. El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is an irregularly periodical variation in winds and sea surface temperatures over the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean, affecting much of the tropics and subtropics. The warming phase is known as El Niño and the cooling phase as La Niña. Southern Oscillation is the accompanying atmospheric component, coupled with the sea temperature change: El Niño is accompanied with high, and La Niña with low air surface pressure in the tropical western Pacific. The two periods last several months each (typically occur every few years) and their effects vary in intensity. The two phases relate to the Walker circulation, discovered by Gilbert Walker during the early twentieth century. The Walker circulation is caused by the pressure gradient force that results from a high pressure system over the eastern Pacific Ocean, and a low pressure system over Indonesia.
TerraCycle Recycles The 'Non-Recyclable' - Cigarette Butts, Candy Wrappers And Its Own Profits There's no such thing as garbage at this company, which aims to revolutionize the recycling industry. New Jersey-based TerraCycle's mission is to “eliminate the idea of waste” and it's been a profitable enterprise. The company expects about $20 million in revenue this year, according to founder Tom Szaky. Founded around 10 years ago, TerraCycle began when Szaky, then a freshman at Princeton University, began selling organic fertilizer -- or “liquefied worm poop” -- packaged in used soda bottles in 2001.
Termites can hold back deserts by creating oases of plant life Termites might not top the list of humanity's favorite insects, but new research suggests that their large dirt mounds are crucial to stopping the spread of deserts into semi-arid ecosystems and agricultural lands. The results not only suggest that termite mounds could make these areas more resilient to climate change than previously thought, but could also inspire a change in how scientists determine the possible effects of climate change on ecosystems. In the parched grasslands and savannas, or drylands, of Africa, South America and Asia, termite mounds store nutrients and moisture, and -- via internal tunnels -- allow water to better penetrate the soil. As a result, vegetation flourishes on and near termite mounds in ecosystems that are otherwise highly vulnerable to "desertification," or the environment's collapse into desert. "The vegetation on and around termite mounds persists longer and declines slower," she said.
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New technology to improve tree cover in arid areas - Kenya In Summary Researchers have developed tree species that are adapted to arid counties and the technology is already on pilot basis in nine counties including Tharaka, Kitui, Machakos, parts of Embu County as well as Siaya and Homabay, Laikipia, Turkana and Marsabit.The new method, involves introduction of two tree species as well as improved crop varieties intercropped with trees that can withstand dry weather A new technology is expected to improve tree cover in arid areas as government gears up to improve country’s tree cover to 10 per cent to fight climate change. Researchers have developed tree species that are adapted to arid counties and the technology is already on pilot basis in nine counties including Tharaka, Kitui, Machakos, parts of Embu County as well as Siaya and Homabay, Laikipia, Turkana and Marsabit. “We have to reach the 50 million target set for my ministry and I am counting on this technology to help increase our forest cover,” she said.
Practicing Sustainability Guruprasad Madhavan (Editor) is a program officer at the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council—collectively known as the National Academies—in Washington, DC.Barbara Oakley (Editor) is an associate professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and a former vice-president of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.David Green (Editor) is a MacArthur Fellow, Ashoka Fellow and is recognized by the Schwab Foundation as a leading social entrepreneur.David Koon (Editor) represented the 135th district of the New York State Legislative Assembly from 1996 to 2010.Penny Low (Editor) is a Member of Parliament of Singapore, and was the youngest elected female representative in 2001.Michael Spence (Foreword) is William R. M. S.
Village Ecologies Earthship Village Ecologies Escape From Economy Rationale Throughout the last forty years Earthship Biotecture has been working toward developing a fully sustainable prototype home that has a zero carbon footprint on the planet. We arrived at this in the early 2000’s and are still perfecting and refining it. We have a building prototype that harvests its own electricity and water; contains and treats its own sewage; and heats and cools itself without fuel and produces a significant amount of food.
Qatar greening using atmospheric water There’s a very interesting project being launched in Qatar this month — sea water is collected by evaporators and used to create an oasis in the middle of a desert: The ultimate aim of the Sahara Forest Project is to return vast areas of desert back to life, providing food, water and clean energy in barren, resource-poor areas around the world. Read more about the project on CNN. Tags: Atmospheric Water Generator, Desert, dew, Ecology, evaporators, farming, fog collection, habitats, land use, map, prototype, Qatar, Sahara Forest Project, vegetation, water scarcity