Innovation

3 Ways AI Is Working to Improve Agriculture

Sep 25th, 2018 | By Elaina Tiller

Artificial intelligence is changing many things in our lives, including the way our food is produced. Find out how new technologies are helping farmers reduce chemical inputs, detect diseases sooner, buffer against labor shortages, and respond to weather conditions as the climate changes.
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Food System

5 Ways to Green Your K-Cup

Sep 14th, 2018 | By Katrina Kazda

While the convenience of single-serve coffee systems is celebrated by many, the appliance’s darker side—the mountains of unrecyclable waste—is equally abhorred by sustainably-minded folks. Fortunately, alternatives have been popping up on the market that allow you to keep enjoying that hot cup of coffee when you want it while reducing plastic waste and capturing the used coffee grounds for compost.
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Food System

The Rise of Community Food Forests

Aug 29th, 2018 | By Catherine Bukowski and John Munsell

In the past six years, the number of community food forests has grown from a handful to more than 70. But what are community food forests, and why are they capturing the imagination of people in neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the United States?
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Transportation, Innovation

Hytch: An App that Pays you to Carpool

Aug 17th, 2018 | By Lew Blaustein

Nashville startup Hytch is helping solve Music City’s traffic problem by rewarding drivers and passengers who carpool and rideshare with cash and other incentives.
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Food System

Why Ozone Levels Pose a Challenge to Food Security

Aug 9th, 2018 | By Divya Pandey, AXA Research Fund; Lisa Emberson, University of York, and Sofie Mortensen, Stockholm Environment Institute

Ozone is a well-known and interesting gas. It is thought of as a “good” gas when present in the stratosphere, where it forms the ozone layer sitting 15 to 30 kilometers above Earth that protect life from detrimental ultraviolet radiation.
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Food System

Can Reducing Light Pollution Help Pollinators?

Jun 22nd, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

Planting pollinator gardens, avoiding pesticide use, and buying local honey are important actions you can take to support pollinators, but here’s another idea to add to the list: reducing light pollution.
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Transportation, Innovation

How School Buses Could Help Run Your Air Conditioning

Jun 13th, 2018 | By Kevin Stark, Energy News Network

What if instead of sitting idle for much of the summer, school buses had a seasonal job helping to balance the electric grid? The state of Illinois is about to test that potential.
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Transportation

What Are Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles?

Jun 6th, 2018 | By Katrina Kazda

The designation “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV) has many people perplexed. Certainly, childhood math would tell us there is no such thing as “partial-zero.” But while most of us are scratching our heads, PZEVs are quickly becoming the norm in gasoline vehicles. In fact, by 2025 all cars sold in America will be PZEVs. But what does this strange designation mean?
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Food System, Eco Living

Why You Should Plant a Front Yard Veggie Garden

May 31st, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

If you’ve wanted to start growing food but don’t have much space, the answer may be right in front of you — your front yard, that is. Front yard vegetable gardens are a growing trend. Nevertheless, some people don’t even consider growing food in the front yard because they think it might look messy or lead to neighbor complaints. Those folks should think again, says Natalie Carver, horticultural director for Love and Carrots, a company that designs, installs, and maintains urban vegetable gardens for homeowners throughout the Washington D.C. metro area.
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