Reclaiming lost energy: Can we wield photosynthesis to boost crop yields?

January 11, 2019 by  
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To solve the global challenge of feeding the population of the future, we’re going to need to develop innovative solutions for plants.

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Potential energy: 7 hopeful power prognostications for 2019

January 4, 2019 by  
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Corporates cleaning up, cities doubling down — welcome to the future of electricity for the new year.

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Just (re-)add water: How circular systems can enhance urban water cycles

January 4, 2019 by  
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Drought, climate change and overdraft are endangering aquifers — here’s why water reuse is critical to communities and economies.

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Samson Ogbole is a Nigerian farmer who wants to bring aeroponics to the world

December 24, 2018 by  
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Samson Ogbole is a Nigerian farmer who is trying to solve the problem of land shortages in his native country. Nigeria’s population has now reached 190 million, but there isn’t enough land in the country to grow the food needed for the ever-growing population. So, Ogbole has found a solution — aeroponics. This unconventional method is the process of growing plants in the air without using soil. Ogbole first got involved with soilless farming in 2014, and just two years later founded PS Nutraceuticals, a company that puts cutting-edge agricultural technologies into action to improve the efficiency of food production and to ensure food security. “Soilless growing entails removing the soil component, bringing in substitutes, and applying fertilizer to enable the plants to grow,” Ogbole says. “With soilless farming, we have been able to push for what you call urban farming , where we now have farms in cities such that we are able to cut off the middlemen and marketers.” Ogbole says that there are many advantages to aeroponics, the biggest being that you can grow crops at any time of the year. The method has also allowed them to eliminate pathogens that naturally exist in the soil and affect crops. Related: Farmscape helps communities embrace urban farming  Nigeria needs an estimated 78.5 million hectares of land to produce enough food for the population. But, right now there are only 30 million hectares of farmland under cultivation , according to the International Trade Administration of the United States. And, Ogbole says that only 46 percent of Nigerian soil is fertile to grow crops, so the country needs to take steps towards self-sustainability in food production and let technology play a more prominent role. He believes that the “war of the future will be fought through agriculture .” “We’re bringing in technology into agriculture so that the youth can actually see this as a viable option,” explains Ogbole. “We also want to ensure that food production is no longer seasonal, and we’re also bringing in smart sensor technologies into agriculture so that you’re able to get feedback from your plants.” The farmer added that the future of the economy depends on a few people who have bright ideas and can think outside the box. It is ideas, not money, that solves problems. Via CNN Images via Shutterstock

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Lessons from smart cities in urban transport and mobility

November 5, 2018 by  
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A conversation with two entrepreneurs who have helped shape the future of transportation. Hear their thoughts on what needs to happen for cities to deliver on sustainable transportation that is shared, electric and autonomous.  

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General Mills’ Shauna Sadowski on grounding regenerative agriculture at General Mills

November 5, 2018 by  
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Shauna Sadowski is the head of sustainability in naturals and organics at General Mills — and where her passion and her role intersect are through regenerative agriculture. The term might sound about vague, or a bit hippie-dippy, but for Sadowski, it’s actually about grounding agricultural practices in the outcomes for the crops and the land. Pursuing regenerative practices for General Mills’ agricultural suppliers focuses specifically on soil health, above-ground biodiversity and resilience in the surrounding agricultural communities. 

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Sarah Barbo, on corporate strategy and planning at CMS Energy

November 5, 2018 by  
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The largest electric and gas utility in Michigan is planning for the future. With science-based targets set on reducing emissions (and saving money), the company is trying for the perfect mix of cogeneration sources to amid a changing energy landscape. 

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EcoLab’s sustainability VP, Emilio Tenuta, on circular water management

November 5, 2018 by  
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The circular economy’s focus on keeping materials and chemicals at play extends to one of the basic elements of human life: water. But localized water systems present certain challenges to maximize water’s “quantity, quality and value,” as EcoLab’s vice president of sustainability, Emilio Tenuta, said.

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Creating the workplace of the future

October 31, 2018 by  
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How Google and WeWork are creating spaces that enable workers to thrive – varied approaches and solutions, lessons learned and their visions for the future of work.

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Earth911 Podcast, Oct. 19, 2018: Sustainability in Your Ear — The Clean Energy Future

October 19, 2018 by  
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Author B.F. (Bruce) Nagy discusses his new book, The Clean … The post Earth911 Podcast, Oct. 19, 2018: Sustainability in Your Ear — The Clean Energy Future appeared first on Earth911.com.

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