Category Archives: Climate Change

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Shade Grown Coffee Reduces Global Warming

Shady farms have greater water availability than sunny farms, due in part to lower evaporation rates from the coffee plants and soils. More shade also reduced peak temperatures between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when southern Mexican coffee plants experience the greatest heat stress.

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A Crop To Combat Climate Change

Salicornia is a better photosynthesizer than wheat and some other grains… Salicornia (like sugarcane) laps up carbon dioxide better, does so in saline water, and gives oil&

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You Can Help Scientists Track Climate Change

Climate change may be affecting our backyards and communities in ways that we dont even notice…Project BudBurst is designed to help both adults and children understand the changing relationship among climate, seasons, and plants, while giving the participants the tools to communicate their observations to others.

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How Green IS your green roof?

Stephan Brenneisen, a Swiss green roof specialist and ecologist, claims that many of the thin substrates on sedum roofs lose their effectiveness over time… [he] also found that many sedum roofs have minimal positive effects on storm water retention, energy use, or the urban climate — core arguments that have been used to justify the implementation of green roofs. Moreover, ecologists attribute rather limited biodiversity values to sedum roofs and prefer roofs that offer a secondary ha

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The False Promise Of Biofuels

Just in case you still thought that biofuels such as ethanol, biodiesel and biogas might be a sustainable solution to stem this pesky climate change thing, some sobering thoughts from Hartmut Michel, an eminent molecular biologist from the University of Frankfurt am Main.