USDA Says Global Warming is Hurting Agriculture, Announces “Climate Hubs” to Address the Threat

February 7, 2014 by  
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Lengthy droughts , severe storms , epic floods and fires, and extreme temperatures have all wreaked havoc on the agricultural landscape in the past year, putting some ranchers and farmers out of business and causing price fluctuations in the food market. To help assess risk and deal with these threats, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack just announced a new system of climate hubs, which will open all across the US to gather and analyze the effects of climate change. Read the rest of USDA Says Global Warming is Hurting Agriculture, Announces “Climate Hubs” to Address the Threat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: addressing climate change in the US , Agriculture Secretary , Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack , climate change hubs , drought and farming , drought in the US , fighting climate change , fighting global warming , fires and farming , fires impact farmers , flooding and farming , flooding impacts farmers , global warming hubs , obama climate change , obama state of the union , pests and farming , results of climate change , US agriculture , us climate change , usda , USDA Climate Change , USDA climate change hubs , USDA Global Warming , USDA global warming hubs , USDA Hubs , USDA Tom Vilsack        

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Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification

February 7, 2014 by  
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Israeli industrial designer Shlomi Mir has created a prototype,  tumbleweed-inspired robot that uses wind power to study desertification and help scientists better understand the phenomenon. The round robot uses an internal fabric sail stretched across a circular steel frame to roll across the terrain and collect data about the formation of sand dunes, planting seeds along the way. In the absence of wind, the robot can lie flat until the next gust picks up. Read the rest of Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous robot , biomimicry , Climate Change , desert , desertification , industrial design , Israel , nature-inspired robot , sand dunes , seed-planting robot , Shlomi Mir , tumbleweed robot , wind-powered robot        

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Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification

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