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The Living Machine Laboratory

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

At  Antonia Bava Landscape Architects we have had the privilege of designing and overseeing ongoing maintenance for the landscaping within the Living Machine at the LEED Platinum SFPUC Administrative Office Building at 525 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco. This experience has given us a unique insight and understanding of the growing conditions, constraints and …

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FAO introduces conservation agriculture to mitigate climate impacts

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Soe, South Central Timor | Mon, October 17, 2016 Agriculture breakthrough – Teachers from state vocational school SMK Negeri 1 Soe show their students how to clear land using a conservation agriculture system introduced by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Indonesia in Soe, South Central Timor, East Nusa Tenggara, …

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Scaling up conservation agriculture in Zambia

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

When we harvest maize, we leave the stalks in the field. Parts of these stalks are eaten by the livestock. The fibrous part which is not eaten by the animals adds nutrients to the soil but, at the same time, when it rains, the stalks, used as mulch,help the soil …

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The Positive Impact of Conservation Agriculture

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Jenya Shandina takes to podium to share One Acre Fund stories, goals and successes. Photo by Sarah Goellner Kathryn Cawdrey wrote this as a guest editor for AgWeb.com. Conservation agriculture is critical for modern farming. With pressures from climate change and the need for sustainability, smallholder farmers and large corporations …

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Building a sustainable future: A history of conservation agriculture in southern Africa

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

by Christian Thierfelder, Johnson Siamachira / June 23, 2016 This story is one of a series of features written during CIMMYT’s 50th anniversary year to highlight significant advancements in maize and wheat research between 1966 and 2016. HARARE, Zimbabwe (CIMMYT) — When practiced unsustainably, agriculture has led to environmental degradation …

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Stanford Engineers Designed a Low-Cost Battery For Storing Renewable Energy

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Stanford University researchers have created a new battery that could change the way we look at renewable energy storage forever. The team used urea, an affordable, natural, and readily-available material present in mammal urine and fertilizers to create a battery that is significantly more efficient than past versions. Stanford chemistry professor Hongjie Dai …

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What happens when a school district reduces meat and dairy consumption?

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

The Oakland Unified School District has concluded a two-year experiment and discovered savings, both environmental and financial. The closest thing we’ve got to a silver bullet solution for climate change is the reduction of meat and dairy in our diets. At no extra cost, it’s possible to shrink one’s carbon …

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Dutch tidal power developer launches 20-year project at European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Tocardo Tidal Power has launched a planned 20-year commercial demonstration project at the European Marine Energy Centre with the arrival of its InToTidal system at Kirkwall in Orkney. With the installation at EMEC grid-connected tidal test site at Fall or Warness, Tocardo is readying […]

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50,000 Oysters Being Installed in Jamaica Bay to Help Improve Water Quality and Protect Wetlands

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

September 6, 2016 The New York/New Jersey Harbor was once blanketed by oysters, but due to over harvesting, dredging and pollution, they became functionally extinct decades ago. Oysters are widely recognized as a key component of a healthy marine ecosystem as they filter pollutants from the water, help to protect …

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Mitigating climate change through coastal ecosystem management

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Blue carbon is the carbon captured by the world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems. The carbon captured by living organisms in oceans is stored in the form of biomass and sediments from mangroves, salt marshes, seagrasses and potentially algae. The International Blue Carbon Initiative is a coordinated, global program focused on …

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