Global Water Efficiency Gains Through Drip Irrigation

MyRain is making drip irrigation accessible to all the farmers of India by automating the process of designing systems for their small-plot farms, with a mobile app and on-time delivery. Sponsor: USAID Global Development Lab http://www.usaid.gov/GlobalDevLab In The Making takes you behind the scenes of spectacular projects, people, and ideas while they are being created.…

Once you have a release of fracking fluid into the environment, you end up with a radioactive legacy

Recent studies link radioactive compounds to fracking. This was first made public back in 2010, with the conclusion ‘Fracking’ Mobilizes Uranium in Marcellus Shale. Now a new study aimed to better understand cumulative effects of natural occurrences and new anthropogenic pathways, through fracking-drilling. Indoor radon levels in Pennsylvania have been slowly rising since 2004, around the…

BOOM: Oil Price Collapse and why it is Important

I recently mentioned, get out of fossil energy while you still can, when the price for crude was at $64.82. Though, today it has approached $55.84, with many oil guys loosing a fortune, oil billionaire Hamm lost half his fortune in three months. And the New York Times noted, free fall in oil price underscores shift…

Calls for Harvard University to Divest Fast from Fossil Fuels #TippingPoint

CNN: Stanford University has already decided it will no longer directly invest in coal mining companies because it has a responsibility to consider “corporate policies or practices (that) create substantial social injury.” Harvard is fighting climate change, too. The university has an enviably small carbon footprint and its scientists are among the most respected for…

UN official calls fossil fuels ‘high-risk’ investment Lima 2014 UNFCCC #TurningPoint #COP20

Christiana Figueres responds to journalists, selected parts from the Lima Climate Change Conference – press briefing, December 1st, 2014. Source: UNFCCC Executive Secretary and COP20/CMP10 President http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/cop20/events/2014-12-01-16-30-united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change/unfccc-executive-secretary-and-cop20-cmp10-president Related Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change IPCC Working Group III Contribution to AR5 http://mitigation2014.org/ UN official calls fossil fuels ‘high-risk’ investment http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/225686-un-official-calls-fossil-fuels-high-risk-investment Oil Investors May Be…

What Is Biochar Gardening?

CBS – MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The mayor of Minneapolis and the chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux signed an agreement Tuesday that promotes the use of biochar. Jim Doten, Minneapolis’ environmental services’ supervisor, says it’s a product similar to cooking charcoal that’s used for gardening. “They really increase the soil fertility, it increases crop yields,…

Private enterprise is beginning to take climate change seriously

Nature Editorial (Nature Climate Change doi:10.1038/nclimate2193): Even if some sceptics consider climate science akin to witchcraft and politicians pursue ineffective policies, private enterprise is beginning to take climate change seriously. Climate protection requires no magic solutions, but it does require boldness and resolve from policy makers. Instead, what we have is the kind of political timidity that…