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The Internet of Growing Things

Connected sensors and big data are changing how farmers grow crops and raise livestock—making food safer and better for everyone.<p>The Internet of Things (IoT) is turning the ancient practice of farming into precision agriculture. Sensors implanted in the soil can tell you when and where to irrigate. …

Farming

This solar-powered floating farm combines agriculture and dining under one roof

As urban farming becomes increasingly popular, people are finding new, unexpected ways of incorporating agriculture into cities. From rooftops and …

Can American soil be brought back to life?

A new idea: If we revive the tiny creatures that make dirt healthy, we can bring back the great American topsoil. But farming culture — and government — aren't making it easy.<p>Four generations of Jonathan Cobb’s family tended the same farm in Rogers, Texas, growing row upon row of corn and cotton on …

Farming

Warmer waters from climate change causing fish to shrink in size, finds study

Fish could shrink in size dramatically as ocean temperatures rise because of climate change, according to a new study.<p>When the water gets warmer, …

Vertical farming startup raises $200M from Alphabet, Jeff Bezos

Indoor vertical farming is on the rise, if a recent funding round for San Francisco startup Plenty is any indication. The company just scored what …

Aquaponics

What Cities Looked Like Before the EPA

Whatever happens to the Environmental Protection Agency, it has a clear legacy in cities.<p>The Environmental Protection Agency has a murky future in the Trump administration. Hours before the President promised in his address to Congress “to promote clean air and clear water,” he signed an executive …

African penguins are being ‘trapped’ by climate change

Climate change and overfishing off Africa's southern tip have set a "trap" for endangered African penguins leaving their nests.<p>The young penguins swim thousands of miles from where they hatched, following biological signposts advertising a buffet of anchovies and sardines. What they don't realize …

Beware the Trump: 4 critical energy issues to watch under the next administration

Many of Trump’s cabinet nominees disregard the connection between global warming and fossil fuel energy use<p>The United States may be on the cusp of a stark turning point in energy and climate policy with the election of Donald Trump, who has stocked his cabinet with a majority of people who doubt or …

Fossil Fuels

Climate change could quadruple severe rainstorms in just decades

Harder wetter faster stronger<p>Warmer air holds more moisture. This simple physics principle could become a problem through the rest of the 21st century. As global climates get hotter and hotter, atmospheric scientists predict that extreme weather events will become stronger and more frequent. In a …

BERNSTEIN: China's insane spending on robotics is fundamentally changing capitalism

That may not sound seismic. After all, the industrial revolution happened hundreds of years ago and manufacturing jobs have been the minority of all jobs in the West for decades. But Bernstein is arguing that the nature of capitalism is undergoing a fundamental change.<p>Analysts Michael W. Parker and …

Manufacturing

Ayush Ministry raises concerns over GM crops

In context: The Genetically Modified (GM) crop debate<p>What are GM crops?<p>Genetically modified (GM) crops are plants which are used for agricultural …

Agriculture

Northern Ireland must act to prepare for climate change

<b>Northern Ireland needs to act now to prepare for the effects of climate change, a senior government adviser has warned.</b><p>Lord Krebs sits on an independent panel which advises central government and the devolved administrations on greenhouse gas emissions.<p>Agriculture is the biggest emitter of …

Northern Ireland