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Urban Farming Yields Fresh Foods, Land Reuse

In backyards and on once-barren city lots, local growers produce crops and livestock.<p>Chickens are coming home to roost in U.S. cities, near pens for goats and hives for bees. In urban yards and on once-vacant lots, planting beds brim with herb plants, pea vines, and the ubiquitous kale.<p>A new wave …

A Farm Grows in Brooklyn—on the Roof

U.S. cities lead a rooftop-farming movement that’s spreading around the globe.<p><i>This story is part of</i> National Geographic<i>‘s special eight-month “Future of Food” series.</i><p><b>For most urban dwellers, visiting a working farm requires a journey into the countryside. But in a growing number of world capitals,</b> …

Texas Water District Acts to Slow Depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer

Changing Planet<p>A group of farmers in northwest Texas began 2012 under circumstances their forbearers could scarcely imagine: they faced a limit on the amount of groundwater they could pump from their own wells on their own property.<p>The new rule issued by the High Plains Underground Water …

Climate Change and Farming: How Not to Go Hungry in a Warmer World

A worker inspects wheat on a farm in Timau, Kenya, on Aug. 19, 2011. East Africa was gripped by a catastrophic drought last year<p>Climate change might …

Urban

Urban habitats are uniquely human with unique human challenges.<p>Cities have existed for thousands of years and can be traced back to the river valley civilizations of Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq), Egypt, India, and China. At first, these settlements depended largely on agriculture and domestic …

Scientists Race to Save World's Rice Bowl From Climate Change

More frequent floods and droughts expected in Southeast Asia.<p><i>This story is part of a special National Geographic News series on global water issues.</i><p><b>Climate change is predicted to cause more intense and frequent floods and droughts in Southeast Asia, threatening the world's rice bowl and millions of</b> …

High schoolers run a solar-powered treatment plant that will give clean water to 750 families in India

Well, maybe we can temporarily relax our crotchety notion that we are overconsuming unthinking pigs and we’re going to murder ourselves with our own …

Rivers

The steady flow of the clean, fresh water of rivers is essential to human life and a whole host of aquatic species.<p>Rivers and their tributaries are the veins of the planet, pumping freshwater to wetlands and lakes and out to sea. They flush nutrients through aquatic ecosystems, keeping thousands of …

Brazil's Severe Drought Dries Up Reservoirs

California is not alone: São Paulo is also facing severe water restrictions.<p>Thanks to the worst drought in eight decades in southeastern Brazil, water levels have dropped dramatically in the reservoirs that supply São Paulo, the country's largest city. New satellite imagery from NASA reveals that …