Planting cover crops, trees, and complementary crops in the same field can help retain both water and nutrients in soil. Doing these things can also provide drought protection and help irrigation and farming be better at water resource management Gravity-flow systems and irrigation systems can be used for more efficient water use, depending on where they […]
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Surface water — like lakes, rivers, and reservoirs — is one major source of our drinking water. Groundwater is another. The surface water comes from precipitation, like rain and melting snow and ice. Surface water moves over land to collect in lower areas, so it can contain chemicals it absorbs along the way. Some cities, like Los Angeles and […]
This hydroponic farm in Japan cuts water usage by 99%! The farm occupies an abandoned Sony chip manufacturing facility in Miyagi prefecture, near where the earthquake and tsunami struck the country in 2011. It is the brainchild of Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist who was inspired by a vegetable factory he saw at the Expo ’85 World’s […]
If you’ve ever come home from work in the summer and found your lovely garden wilted, this DIY drip irrigation system might be just the thing for you. Best of all, it costs less than $10.
The Sahara Forest Project has produced the first year of crops. The amount of crops produced by the setup in the desert of Qatar is comparable to commercial farms in more arable regions.
Nitrate monitoring in real time along the Mississippi River basin helps determine the size of the annual dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico as well as how well efforts to reduce the dead zone are working. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) uses cutting edge optical sensor technology to measure nitrate levels across the watershed.
Amphibians as a group are declining in numbers. A number of reasons are behind this decline. Among those reasons is agricultural pesticide and herbicide use. Dr. Tyrone Hayes has been on the front line working against atrazine use in the United States.
The first effects of climate change are being felt by those people dependent on the oceans for their livelihoods (and the insurance industry). Oyster fisheries have hit upon a temporary measure to respond to ocean acidification.
A newly developed hybrid grass reduces flooding from agricultural runoff while providing nutritious forage for livestock.