Amber waves of grain may soon be replaced by towering stalks of industrial hemp as farmers across America begin growing this newly legalized form of cannabis. As of May 10th, 2018, Arizona became the 36th state to take on the task of converting this formerly controlled substance into a commercial commodity.1 Will all the hubbub … Continue reading Could Farming Hemp Save Water?
Recent investigations in cloud-seeding suggest there could be literal truth in the proverbial saying “every cloud has a silver lining.” Researchers from three Universities, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the Idaho Power Company collaborated over the Winter of 2017 to determine, once and for all, if seeding clouds with silver iodide actually works. … Continue reading A Silver Lining in Western Clouds?
By the early 1900’s, the art of rainmaking offered more hype than hope. Before large-scale water projects, farmers, ranchers, cities, and towns in the arid west were often desperate for liquid relief. They would pay handsome fees to anyone who could summon moisture from the air. Most of these self-professed pluviculturists were con men. Some … Continue reading The Original Rain Man
What’s for dinner? A glass of man-made water and maybe a side of crow. Last year, I was intrigued by various articles I read involving extracting water from the air and I posted a skeptical blog on my findings. Frankly, I thought the idea was somewhat preposterous, especially when some of the discussions mentioned extracting … Continue reading Manipulating Moisture for Mankind?
I’m feeling a tad conflicted today. First of all, I rarely post any blogs written in the first person. Second, because today features two holidays eliciting almost contradictory emotions. Easter tends to be a solemn occasion, meant to remind traditional Christians of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. It’s also April Fools day, a time for light-hearted prankster-isms … Continue reading Happy Easter April Fools – It’s Spring!
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the “wearing of the green”, let’s take a look at some recent positive news about the environment: Repurposing Plastics – On March 12th, 2018, Thomas Reuters Foundation revealed an encouraging story about Watamu, Kenya, a small Indian Ocean Resort village whose new mission is to take-on … Continue reading Celebrating Green Victories!
The top environmental news this week? The effect of microplastics on large filter-feeding sea creatures such as manta-rays, whale sharks, and baleen whales. A recently published study in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution (Trends) looked at how filter-feeding megafauna may be impacted by exposure to microplastics and related toxins. The results are not … Continue reading Ocean Blues? Microplastics and Megafauna
Throwing salt over your shoulder after you spill some, is a ritual that originated in ancient Rome. Back then, salt was a very precious and expensive commodity. To carelessly lose any was considered a bad omen. To rectify this terrible error, you needed to lose some of what you valued most. Times have changed and … Continue reading Downsides to Desalination
Long before the Standing Rock Sioux reminded us that “Water is Life!”, pre-colonial Americans deeply understood this simple truth in a way none of us can now imagine. Rivers were their lifeblood; something they respected and ultimately put to use to make their lives easier. What resulted from their early ingenuity were thousands of dams … Continue reading “Free the Rivers” – Benefits of Historical Dam Removal
Currently, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized forms of marijuana and more states are likely to follow. Marijuana sales have been on fire. In 2017, sales were expected to reach $9.7 billion, and analysts are predicting sales of $24.5 billion by 2021, as new states enter the market. Yet, behind the “green … Continue reading The Highs and Lows of Growing Weed