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Delaying vote on California's Delta Tunnels gives estuary hope

The $25 billion California Water Fix proposes to construct several massive underground tunnels that will update California's water infrastructure by diverting more water, making the delivery more reliable and improving environmental...

source: By Megan Martens
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One in 10 Americans depends on the Colorado River for bathing and drinking. Last fall's record-high temperatures reduced Colorado snowpack in winter 2018 to 66 percent of normal, sparking concern over water shortages downstream and leaving water managers fearful of a repeat.

source: Berkeley Lab

Large fields, predictable rainfall and favorable temperatures have meant that farmers in Arsi Negele, a town in southeastern Ethiopia, have benefited from good crop yields. Their production of wheat and maize, two of the main food staples...

source: The Conversation via Phys.org

As the world's scientists debate whether there's a realistic way to avoid catastrophic warming, a big new experiment supports advocates who say one path runs through forests. An international team of more than 60 researchers spent eight years determining what kind of forest...

source: Scientific American

The bacteria that inhabit human beings, particularly the guts of those beings, have been found in recent years to be important for fending off disease. That something similar happens in other animal species is doubtless true as well. But work by Seon-Woo Lee at Dong-A University...

source: The Economist

What is a realistic timeline goal for increasing soil organic matter content? Our “instant” culture gravitates to testimonials about how to rapidly increase soil organic matter by 1 percent within one to three years. Conversations with lenders and landlords regarding...

source: High Plains Journal

Conservation practices like no-till that save soil are also good for water quality, right? In many ways that’s true, but not in the case of nitrates and no-till. In fact, largely because no-till increases infiltration—a good thing for reducing erosion and runoff—nitrate...

source: Corn+Soybean Digest


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