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Report: Gene-Hacking Plants and Animals Could Fight Climate Change

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-24 Thu 12:17
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Feed Me, Seymour

When we think of geoengineering the environment to counteract global climate change, we typically conjure the image of massive projects like blocking out sunlight.

But a new report suggests that a biological approach to geoengineering — gene hacking the DNA of plants and animals to curb carbon emissions — could be a far more useful approach, according to Axios. In other words, the idea is that we need to alter the entire biosphere to make up for the damage humanity has done to the planet.

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The report, which was published this month by a science policy think tank called The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, lays out three ways that we might gene-hack our way out of climate change.

'Even with the best technology, 30 degrees is a bit warm for tomato production'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-23 Wed 13:15
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Growing tomatoes in the desert using nothing but sunlight and seawater is a quantum leap forward for agtech innovation. So how can this technology be scaled and how can remote labour be found to help power Australia’s low-carbon food system? Imagine farming vegetables all year-round in Australia’s…

New US study says it may be time to re-think where crops are grown by 2045

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-08 Tue 10:08
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Record drought and frequent heatwaves could change where farmers grow their crops in the future, according to a new paper. Approximately one-third of the vegetables and two-thirds of the fruit and nuts consumed in America are grown in California, which is home to 76,000 farms. Some of these products make…

Gujarat state: Growers lose 60-70% of crops to rain

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-01 Tue 09:09
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Continuous rain over the past few days has almost destroyed the monsoon crops in various regions of Gujarat. The growers there have not only lost money spent on seeds, fertilisers etc; their efforts for the past two months will literally be wasted as they will have little or no harvest. Continuous…

Why cooling is an important part of climate control

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-14 Fri 13:56
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Why is cooling important? Well, first to control temperature and humidity, secondly to avoid plant stress, then also to prevent over-irrigation and to ensure flower set.  ​The selection of cooling systems depends on the amount of heat gained from the outside, as well as any heat generating equipment located…

More and more hail claims in Canada

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-21 Tue 09:16
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The weather systems that moved through the Canadian prairies in late June/early July resulted in some significant crop damage.  According to the Canadian Crop Hail Association, agents are following up on about 1200 hail claims from storms earlier this month and more are still coming in. The storms resulted…