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5 cool measurement tools attempting to quantify regenerative agriculture

Regenerative farming requires more high-tech equipment than tractors. //Courtesy of Unsplash. Many practices are associated with regenerative agriculture - anything from no-till practices to pesticide-free farming. What's more, the concept means different things for different crops in different regions. What is considered regenerative in one location might not qualify for the same label under other agricultural conditions.

Eco-Friendly Homeowners Lower Carbon Footprints through Greater Air Conditioner Efficiency

Sustainability is a greater concern than ever for homeowners throughout the United States. According to recent polls, 68% of homeowners want a property that is environmentally friendly. There are a lot of ways that you can lower the carbon footprint of your home.

Concept Hybrid Planes Could Reduce Deadly Air Pollution by 95 Percent

MIT engineers have designed a concept airplane that could eliminate 95 percent of toxic emissions. Aaron Foster / Getty Images Air travel is a major source of air pollution . A new concept hybrid-electric airplane could reduce dangerous emissions by 95 percent and potentially save thousands of lives every year.

Almost All New US Power Plants Built in 2021 Will Be Carbon-Free

Large scale solar plants will bring more new capacity online this year than any other electricity source. Wind and solar make up a small share of U.S. electricity production today, but they're poised to supply 70 percent of new power plant capacity built this year. That's not according to pro-solar activists or industry trade groups.

The Surprising Environmental Benefits of Using an Organic Mattress

There are a lot of things that you need to keep in mind when you are trying to live a green lifestyle . You need to consider using organic materials to lower your carbon footprint and minimize the amount of waste that you produce.

The secret power of old growth

More than ever, as the Forest Service seeks to undo logging restrictions, we need to embrace the crucial way old-growth forests keep the planet healthy Carbon king: Thick, furrowed bark makes this 500-year-old Douglas fir more fire-resistant than younger trees. It also stores more carbon than smaller relatives.

Food Delivery Cold Packs: Reuse, Upcycling, & Recycling Tips

If you're getting your meals delivered, you may already have a collection of cold packs. These gel-filled plastic bags do a great job of keeping perishable food chilled. But what do you do with the cold packs after you've unpacked your delivery? Many of us are turning to meal delivery services instead of eating out.

Environmentalists seek to block Bahamas oil drilling bid near U.S. coast

This month, Bahamas Petroleum Company is set to begin exploratory oil drilling in Bahamian waters, about 240 kilometers (150 miles) from the Florida coast. Environmental groups have approached the Bahamian Supreme Court, seeking an immediate stay on the company's drilling operations; they say the government unlawfully granted permits to drill.

6 Financial Benefits of Solar-Powered Homes

A growing number of homeowners are investing heavily in solar power these days. The residential market for solar energy is growing at a stunning rate of 16% a year . Solar power involves converting energy from sunlight into electricity using solar panels. You can switch your home to solar power to access amazing advantages and savings.

How Outdoor Learning Can Bring Curiosity and Connection to Education in Tough Times

A Hooded Warbler takes a step at Central Park in New York City. The bird was definitely going to die. The eighth-graders in Cornelius Minor's class were walking back to their Brooklyn school when someone noticed a young bird struggling for life on the sidewalk.

New York state is divesting its pension fund from fossil fuels

As the climate crisis worsens, cities, states, and even entire countries -along with churches, universities, and foundations including the Rockefellers Brothers Fund-have opted to divest from fossil fuels, removing their investment dollars from companies in industries like coal or oil. Now, New York state is the latest to take that step.

Fluorescent Evergreen Glow Tells When Trees Are Taking Up Carbon

Researchers are learning how to interpret the faint light given off by the trees It's pretty simple to tell when deciduous trees are photosynthesizing-their leaves are green. When that process is over for the year, the foliage shrivels up, turns brown, and falls off, an event so widespread it can be tracked by satellites in space.

Two Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale Calves Are Spotted Off U.S. Coast

North Atlantic right whale Chiminea swims with her new calf off Cumberland Island in Georgia on Dec. 4, 2020. Clearwater Marine Aquarium / NOAA Fisheries Southeast Like most of us, North Atlantic right whales have not had a very good 2020.

Aptera unveils three-wheeled solar electric car that "requires no charging"

US startup Aptera has developed a solar and electric vehicle with a range of up to 1,000 miles on a full battery, which it claims most drivers won't need to charge.

No-kill, lab-grown meat to go on sale for first time

Cultured meat, produced in bioreactors without the slaughter of an animal, has been approved for sale by a regulatory authority for the first time. The development has been hailed as a landmark moment across the meat industry.

This nature center proves zero-energy is possible even in wintry Minnesota

Environmental stewardship comes alive in spectacular fashion at the new Westwood Hills Nature Center, an interpretative center in the heart of St. Louis Park, Minnesota that blends energy efficiency, environmental education and beautiful architecture.

Quebec to ban sale of new gas vehicles by 2035

Canada's second largest province joins British Columbia in setting a ban on combustion vehicles Quebec is taking pole position in Canada to drive the transition towards electric vehicle adoption, with the province's Minister of Environment, Benoit Charette, announcing today new light internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles will not be sold in the province as of 2035.

10 Simple Home Improvement Tips To Create A Green Home Environment

Are you a green homeowner? You aren't alone! Polls show 59% of Realtors have found their customers are concerned about sustainability. Our homes are where we spend the majority of our lives. We spend our time drifting to sleep, spending time with our families, and making meals to fuel our lives.

Build a DIY garden you can bring on the road

Totally portable Illustration by +ISM There's nothing quite like putting down roots and tending a garden. But what happens if you don't have a backyard? Or you're suddenly uprooted? Or you decide to go on a road trip and can't get anyone to watch your plants? Just whip up a portable container garden.

New 'electronic skin' is a recyclable, self-healing wearable device

Self-healing "electronic skin" that stretches into a circuit board and attaches to the human body could be a more environmentally friendly alternative to the current wearable devices, scientists have said. Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder in the US are developing a thin, skin-like wearable device that they say is fully recyclable and has the capability to repair itself .

Alexandra Cousteau Wants To Restore The Oceans By 2050

Alexandra Cousteau on a scientific expedition with ocean conservation organization Oceana examining ... [+] In 1968, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau aired on televisions around the world. However, by this time the abundance of large marine mammals in the world's oceans was already much less than what it had been just 100 years earlier .