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This controversial farmer may have revolutionized soil

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Last year, Kaiser's Sonoma County farm grossed more than $100,000 an acre, which is 10 times the average per-acre income of comparable California farms. This includes Sonoma's legendary vineyards, which have been overtaking farmland for decades, largely because wine grapes have become much more lucrative these days than food, at least the way most farmers grow it. Kaiser manages all of this without plowing an inch of his ground, without doing any weeding, and without using any sprays — either chemical or organic.

Read the full story on the farmer here:
http://theweek.com/articles/581709/controversial-farmer-may-have-revolutionized-soil


Inland Empire Utilities Agency Installing Water-Energy Project In California

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) has launched a water-energy project that uses energy storage systems to integrate wind, solar, biogas and grid resources to optimize renewable generation, reduce demand on the electric grid and lower energy costs.

Read the full story here: http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.14804


Climate Change–Fueled Wildfires Could Double Erosion in the West

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The drier the American West gets, the more prone the region becomes to wildfires. And thanks to climate change, record-breaking droughts like the one that’s gripped California for the past four years are likely to become more frequent and more severe.

Read the full story here:
http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/11/08/wildfire-climate-change-erosion-west


Invasive Plants Are Changing with the Times

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

According to Bruce Babbit, past Secretary of the Interior, “The invasion of noxious alien species wreaks a level of havoc on America’s environment and economy that is matched only by damage caused by floods, earthquakes, mudslides, hurricanes, and wildfire. These aliens are quiet opportunists, spreading in a slow motion explosion.”

Read the full story here:
http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/252613/invasive-plants-are-changing-with-the-times.html


Landmark Huntington Gardens gets a water-wise makeover

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Huntington in Southern California shrinks its lawn to adapt to drought.The famed garden also revamps its decades-old irrigation system.

Read the full story here:
http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/living/home-garden/article43444083.html



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