Modernizing rainwater harvesting for the dry areas

Written on Nov 26,2017 Although there is renewed interest in indigenous rainwater harvesting, traditional practices and technologies are rarely suitable or feasible. ICARDA is promoting a practical and cost-effective alternative that combines indigenous knowledge with mechanization to enhance effectiveness and strengthen resilience. Although rainwater harvesting remains relevant, there have been few efforts in recent decades to modernize old practices, develop …

On the trail of ancient treasure in Peru

By Neil Palmer @ CIAT It’s down there somewhere. Treasure. At least, it was. Almost thirty years ago. Looking out over Peru’s Sacred Valley, Daniel Debouck checks his map. The same one as before, impeccably preserved. But Daniel is no ordinary treasure hunter. What he’s looking for is something more ancient than the Incas, and potentially more valuable than all …

Moja Global: Creating Open Source Tools to Help the Environment

ROBERT WATERWORTH MAY 17, 2016 To understand and address issues such as land degradation, deforestation, food security, and greenhouse gas emissions, countries need access to high-quality and timely information. As these challenges have become more urgent over the past decade, the need for more information has also increased. At the recent 2016 Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, we introduced a new open source …

Australia to ax support for long-term ecology sites

By John PickrellAug. 11, 2017 , 5:10 PM SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—The Simpson Desert of central Australia is as starkly beautiful as it is ecologically entrancing. Ranks of rusty red sand dunes run unbroken for hundreds of kilometers. During rare years with sustained downpours, moist swales are carpeted with spiky spinifex grasses that take on the appearance of fields of golden wheat. Desert …

Global warming could create 150 million ‘climate refugees’ by 2050

Environmental Justice Foundation report says 10% of the global population is at risk of forced displacement due to climate change. John Vidal in Barcelona – Monday 2 November 2009 19.05 EST Global warming will force up to 150 million “climate refugees” to move to other countries in the next 40 years, a new report from the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) warns. In 2008 alone, more than …

Source of Arctic Mercury Pollution Identified in New Study

DRI research team part of international effort to understand global impact Reno, NV (Friday July 14, 2017): Vast amounts of toxic mercury are accumulating in the Arctic tundra, threatening the health and well-being of people, wildlife and waterways, according to a new study published this month by an international team of scientists investigating the source of the pollution. Led by Prof. …