China’s new rain-making system could increase rainfall by billions of cubic feet

April 2, 2018 by  
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China needs water — and their answer to the issue is a massive weather modification system being developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported the country is testing technology that could increase rainfall in the Tibetan Plateau by as much as 10 billion cubic meters, or around 353 billion cubic feet, every year. Will a huge rain-making system help China with water issues ? SCMP said they plan to build tens of thousands of chambers across the Tibetan mountains to generate rain over an area of around 620,000 square miles, or “three times the size of Spain.” The chambers will burn solid fuel to create silver iodide, which SCMP described as a “ cloud-seeding agent with a crystalline structure much like ice.” They said the chambers will be located on steep ridges facing the south Asia monsoon . Wind striking the mountain will produce an upward draft, carrying particles into clouds to bring about rain. Related: World’s largest fog harvester produces water from thin air in the Moroccan desert Real-time data from 30 weather satellites , each one watching monsoon weather above the Indian Ocean, will guide daily operation of the chambers. The ground-based network will also draw on cloud-seeding methods with drones , planes, and artillery to maximize the impact of the system, according to SCMP. A researcher on the project told SCMP, “[So far,] more than 500 burners have been deployed on alpine slopes in Tibet, Xinjiang, and other areas for experimental use. The data we have collected show very promising results.” The publication said although the idea isn’t a new one, China is the first country to try “such a large-scale application,” and  space scientists designed and built the chambers with “cutting edge military rocket engine technology.” Via South China Morning Post Images via Depositphotos and Eutah Mizushima on Unsplash

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Meridian Line launches ethically sourced, organic cotton jeans for the outdoors

April 2, 2018 by  
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Adventure calling? Gear up with Meridian Line, a range of eco-friendly denim designed for conquering the great outdoors. Available for pre-ordering through Kickstarter , the men’s and women’s jeans infuse ethically sourced organic cotton with two percent spandex to allow “freedom of movement without looking like you just stepped out of yoga class,” according to the Kansas City, Missouri–based firm. Meridian Line is the brainchild of artist Jeremy Collins, who launched the company with a series of graphic T-shirts and accessories in 2014. Two years later, Collins enlisted Benji Thrasher, formerly the lead designer at Prana , to kick Meridian Line’s offerings up a notch; the jeans emerged from the drawing board shortly after. But active performance isn’t the denim’s only twist. Each pair of pants also boasts artwork by Collins on the inner pockets, yoke, and turn-ups. The print is based on one of Collins’s signature pieces: a greenery-ringed compass inset with a salmon and an eagle at play (or perhaps prey?) in a yin-yang configuration. Meridian Line’s denim is “built for outdoor activities, travel, and a casual, dareful, or professional lifestyle,” Collins and Thrasher said. “Our jeans are made to go wherever you do: urban, mountain, or board meeting.” Prices for both men’s and women’s styles start at an accessible $79, or 20 percent less than what the jeans will cost when they hit retail outlets later this year. If you’re looking for the whole top-to-toe look, a pledge of $105 will snag you a pair of jeans, an exclusive tee, and a trucker hat. + Meridian Line at Kickstarter + Meridian Line

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Raindrop makes rainwater harvesting at home beautiful and easy

September 19, 2017 by  
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Traditional rain barrels are often clunky eyesores, which is why Studio Bas van der Veer designed a beautiful modern alternative that we love. Meet Raindrop, a stylish drop-shaped rain barrel with a built-in watering can. The award-winning design was recently unveiled during the three-day spoga+gafa 2017 fair in Cologne and will be ready for sale by 2018. Eight years ago, Van der Veer introduced his stylish drop-shaped design as ‘A Drop of Water’ as part of his thesis for the Design Academy Eindhoven . Several iterations and awards later, Raindrop was created. This sleek and polished design complements a wide variety of homes and comes in a variety of sizes and functionalities. His current collection includes the Raindrop Mini, a smaller rain barrel for limited spaces like balconies, as well as the larger Pure Rain model that even includes a birdbath. Raindrop is expected to be available for sale early next year and will be produced by pottery label Elho . Related: 3 ways to capture water for your backyard garden (that won’t break the bank) Since Van der Veer traded size for style, Raindrop won’t hold as much as a traditional rain barrel of the same height. The modern drop shape is “a symbolical reference to what the design contains: water ,” says Van der Veer. The Raindrop models can be easily attached to drainpipes with diameters up to 50 to 80 millimeters. A convenient watering can integrated into the design collects water directly from the pipe. There is also a faucet at the bottom of the barrel. + Studio Bas van der Veer Via ArchDaily

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California governor marks official end of state’s historic drought

April 10, 2017 by  
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A wet winter that filled reservoirs with rainwater and blanketed the Sierra Nevadas with heavy snow has officially brought an end to California’s historic drought . On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown lifted the emergency order in effect since January 2014 for all of the state except for the Central California counties of Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne that are still dealing with dried-up wells. Brown’s executive order continues conservation measures such as the State Water Resources Control Board maintaining water reporting requirements and prohibiting wasteful practices like watering lawns right after rainfall or in a manner that causes runoff. Related: Only 9% of California is still in drought as Sierra Nevada snowpack hits 185% The severely dry conditions that began in the winter of 2011-2012 killed an estimated 100 million trees , disrupted agricultural production, reduced drinking water supplies in rural communities and diminished groundwater basins. According to the executive order, Californians responded to the drought by conserving water at unprecedented levels — reducing water use in communities by more than 22 percent between June 2015 and January 2017. Also on Friday, state agencies put forth a long-term plan to make water conservation a way of life in California as part of resiliency efforts to prepare for more frequent and severe droughts as a result of human-caused climate change . “This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner,” Brown said in a statement. “Conservation must remain a way of life.” Via The Washington Post Images via Flickr 1 , 2

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Only 9% of California is still in drought as Sierra Nevada snowpack hits 185%

March 3, 2017 by  
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A year ago 95 percent of California was in a drought . Today, just 9 percent of the state is still experiencing drought conditions thanks to one of the wettest winters on record. Those are the findings of the United States Drought Monitor, a weekly map of drought conditions produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The percentage of the state currently in drought is the lowest since 2011, when the drought began. Scientists say the Sierra Nevada snowpack measured on March 1 was an astounding 185 percent of average, measuring 45.5 inches. The Sierra Nevada hasn’t had this much snowpack since 1993 when the snowpack was at 205 percent of normal, measuring 51.25 inches. The historical average snowpack is 24.6 inches, according to the state Department of Water Resources. Related: California storms could herald the end of punishing historic drought A series of “atmospheric river” storms flowing east from Hawaii and the tropical Pacific have slammed the state, bringing heavy rain and dumping massive amounts of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. There have been about 30 atmospheric river events since Oct. 1 – well above the yearly average of 12, and the six annually during the last five years of the drought. However, even with record levels of rain filling up reservoirs and snow accumulating in the Sierra Nevada, Gov. Jerry Brown is not about to declare the drought over. The snowpack will be measured again on April 1 when it is considered at its peak and Brown said he will wait until those results are announced before making a call on the drought and associated water conservation measures . + United States Drought Monitor Via Los Angeles Times Images via Pexels and Wikimedia

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LEAFXPRO is the world’s first umbrella for your bike

February 18, 2015 by  
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Not being able to use your bike because of bad weather shouldn’t force you to fall back on transportation that’s harmful for the environment. LEAFXPRO is a flexible umbrella that’s easily installed on any bike and provides a versatile, comfortable solution for those rainy days. Because of it’s aerodynamics, using the LEAFXPRO makes the bicycle more predictable and comfortable under rain and when affected by winds. Each kit is modular so it can fit your specific needs and an aerodynamic channel pulls water away from your body, keeping you clean and dry. Early birds will be able to pre-order one for £99 on Kickstarter + LEAFXPRO on Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle umbrella , bike umbrella , biking in the rain , first bike umbrella , kickstarter projects , LEAFXPRO , LEAFXPRO bike umbrella , LEAFXPRO Kickstarter , riding in bad weather

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Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert

January 12, 2015 by  
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Some lucky Israeli residents of the Negev Desert’s Wadi Zim region got to see something truly incredible as a dramatic video posted to YouTube captured the rebirth of the River Zin. Within seconds, the dry riverbed, also known as nahal in Hebrew and wadi in Arabic, is overwhelmed by gushing water as the dozens of spectators and one excited dog watch in awe. Read the rest of Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beersheba , biblical , Dead Sea , Drought , dry riverbed , flooding , Israel , nahal , Negev Desert , rain , Ramon Crater , River Zin , WADI , water issues

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September 3, 2014 by  
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While the Hollywood version of the biblical Noah’s Ark story recently hit movie theaters, some lucky Israeli residents of the Negev Desert’s Wadi Zim region got to see a real flood in the Holy Land as a dramatic video posted to YouTube captured the rebirth of the River Zin. Within seconds, the dry riverbed, also known as nahal in Hebrew and wadi in Arabic, is overwhelmed by gushing water as the dozens of spectators and one excited dog watch in awe. Read the rest of Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beersheba , biblical , Dead Sea , Drought , dry riverbed , flooding , Israel , nahal , Negev Desert , rain , Ramon Crater , River Zin , WADI , water issues

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A Third of Borneo’s Forests Have Been Wiped Out in Just 40 Years

July 17, 2014 by  
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The fact that the world’s tropical forests are disappearing at an astonishing rate is cause for real concern, but the rate of destruction in Borneo’s forests makes the usual deforestation look like amateur hour. That’s because Borneo’s tropical forests are disappearing twice as fast as those in other areas, and in the past 4 decades, nearly a third of the total forest has been completely wiped out. Read the rest of A Third of Borneo’s Forests Have Been Wiped Out in Just 40 Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Borneo forests , Borneo forests disappearing , Borneo rain forests , deforestation , deforesting Borneo , destroying rainforests , LANDSAT studies , logging Borneo , native forests , plantations Borneo , plos one , preserving rain forests , rainforest logging , saving the rain forests , tropical deforestation , vanishing rainforests

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Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Drought-ridden Negev Desert

March 18, 2014 by  
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While the Hollywood version of the biblical Noah’s Ark story is about to released in movie theaters, some lucky Israeli residents of the Negev Desert’s Wadi Zim region got to see a real flood in the Holy Land as a dramatic video posted to YouTube this week captured the recent rebirth of the River Zin. Within seconds, the dry riverbed, also known as nahal in Hebrew and wadi in Arabic, is overwhelmed by gushing water as the dozens of spectators and one excited dog watch in awe. Read the rest of Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Drought-ridden Negev Desert Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beersheba , biblical , Dead Sea , Drought , dry riverbed , flooding , Israel , nahal , Negev Desert , rain , Ramon Crater , River Zin , WADI , water issues        

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