Company Aims to Defeat Drought with Powdered “Rain”

September 4, 2013 by  
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Amid concerns about global climate change and changing weather patterns , one company is trying to find a new way to irrigate crops in an age of increasing water instability. “Solid Rain” is an incredibly absorbent powder that can store enormous amounts of water in the soil, allowing crops to grow easily in arid conditions . The best part? It’s completely nontoxic and biodegradable. Read the rest of Company Aims to Defeat Drought with Powdered “Rain” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , arid climates , Climate Change , Drought , dry climates , irrigation , powdered rain , Sergio Jesus Rico Velasco , solid rain , water issues        

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Whale Teach Us About Fans and Filters?

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Humpback whale image from Shutterstock Whales are some of the most extreme creatures on Earth. The 115 foot, 150 foot ton Blue Whale, for instance, is the largest animal that ever lived. These magnificent creatures are social mammals , descended from an ancient land dweller that also gave rise to the hippopotamus family. Like hippos and humans, they are warm-blooded and air-breathing, and stay with their young, nursing them for an extended period of time. And like us, they maintain complex social networks. As you might imagine, the whale faces some special challenges doing all this in the ocean . As usual, where challenge is extreme, the solutions are efficient. So how can the Blue Whale inspire us today? Find out in The Biomimicry Manual . Read the rest of The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Whale Teach Us About Fans and Filters? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: baleen , Baleen Filter , bioinspired design , biomimicry , blue whale , filter feeders , humpback whale , The Biomimicry Manual , whale , Whalepower        

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Weather Researchers Say Global Warming Could Point Future Superstorms Away From New York

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Believe it or not, climate change could actually  save New York City from getting hit by another devastating superstorm like Hurricane Sandy . But that doesn’t mean that New York will be completely safe. Read on for more details on this double-edged sword and how researchers think global warming is going to impact future hurricane seasons on the east coast. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , Colorado State University , Columbia University , flooding , global warming , greenhouse gas , Hurricane Sandy , hurricanes , Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory , new york city , New York. , rising seas , Severe Weather Patters , storm surge , superstorms , Worsening environment        

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Growing Trees from Seeds: Which Work, Which Won’t

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If there are any trees in your area, you may have noticed that a couple of major changes come over them at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Branches end up laden with fruit, nuts, seed pods, and cones in preparation for seeding the next generation of trees. These majestic beings have been self-propagating for hundreds of thousands of years, but what if we’d like to harness some of that growing power to start our own food-bearing trees? Read the rest of Growing Trees from Seeds: Which Work, Which Won’t Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apple , avocado , cherry , chestnut , food security , fruit , fruit trees , Gardening , hazelnut , lemon , moringa , moringa tree , nut trees , nuts , sustainable food , tree seeds , Trees , Urban Farming        

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