Green News For The Weekend Volume 322

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Time to check out a few green news pieces from the past week…

See the American West as it was before we took it over and, well, you know. These remarkable 19th century sepia-tinted pictures show the American West as you have never seen it before – as it was charted for the first time.

Ever wonder how life on Earth got started? While the theories do kinda change and adapt every once in a while, three new papers co-authored by a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory back up the idea that life began at “alkaline hydrothermal vents at the bottom of oceans.”

All in the name of Greek yogurt, they say. Environmental groups are suing New York state over the recent deregulation of dairy farms, “warning that the move will inevitably soil New York’s water sources and hurt the environment.” Seems regulations were keeping dairy farmers for meeting consumer demand for the yogurt. Now that’s a great reason to deregulate. Not.

Orange you ready for a tall glass of GMOs? (Best headline of the week, by far) Thanks to a disease affecting citrus trees, oranges are turning green and sour before they can ripe to be picked. Growers are considering going GMO to fight back.

If you have ever wanted to give aquaponics a try at home, Sustainablog has something you should see. It’s a plug-n-play, ready-to-go system called the Blue Green Box that works with a 10 gallon fish aquarium. Aquaponics combines conventional aquaculture – raising aquatic animals in tanks – with hydroponics, which is the cultivating of plants in water.

While you may not believe climate change is going to affect you, if you like coffee you are in for a surprise. Turns out that Arabica coffee, which accounts for about 70% of the coffee the world drinks each day, is very sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and rainfall. So though you may not live on the shore and be affected by rising sea levels, you may miss that morning cup of Joe as things continue to go haywire.

Hope you have a grand ole’ weekend!

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  1. Great, now oranges will be GM grown too? Too bad that’s not something I could add to my list of foods to grow myself, wrong climate here.

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