Archive for the ‘Farming/ Agriculture’ Category

The New Dust Bowl

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Waterwise, 20th century California was an anomaly, a relatively wet period in the midst of a historical cycle of severe drought. The changing climate will only magnify the problem: Central California could experience temperatures rivaling Death Valley’s Read More

Climate Change Projections for Texas

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

This article outlines science based climate change projections for Texas including rainfallĀ and temperature affects. (full article)

Farmers can cut carbon, if payments are right

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Doug Gronau makes money from his soil, not just from his corn and soybeans.

He gets payments each year for farming his rolling western Iowa land without breaking the soil. The ground between the rows of corn and soybeans plants is littered with old corncobs and decaying debris.

But the money is in the stuff that’s out of sight. Such no-till farming keeps carbon under the ground, in the form of roots and other plant matter. Tillage releases the carbon to become a heat-trapping gas, carbon dioxide, in the atmosphere. (full article)