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The State of the World Water Crisis in 2020

March 11, 2020
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As the global population grows and climate change makes rain unpredictable, we’ve started to run out of drinkable freshwater. 

Researchers have become increasingly confident that available freshwater will decrease over the coming years — some are even estimating that there could be a worldwide water shortage as soon as 2040.

Here’s the state of the world water crisis in 2020 — and what we may be able to do to beat global water scarcity.

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Environment, Oceans

10 Water Conservation Techniques in Agriculture

January 22, 2020
water conservation techniques in agriculture

Water is essential for life, but it is also an integral part of modern agriculture. We often plant in areas that don’t receive enough annual rainfall to support the crops we need to grow to feed the country and the world. This is where irrigation techniques come in — but as with most things, they’re not all created equal. As the population grows and water becomes an even more valuable resource, conservation techniques will become a requirement in the agriculture industry. Here are 10 water conservation techniques you can use today, whether you’re seeding a farm or just growing a garden in your backyard. 

1. Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation isn’t a new concept, but as water conservation continues to grow in importance, it will likely gain popularity. Instead of irrigating the entire plant from above, drip irrigation uses pipes to drip water slowly onto the roots of the plants. This conserves between 20-50% of the water you would otherwise use in irrigation while reducing other negatives like runoff, surface evaporation and the potential for overwatering.

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Oceans

Sustainable Irrigation Systems to Reduce Agricultural Water Waste

January 8, 2020
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Agriculture, especially on large factory farms, is massively water-intensive —  according to the USDA, agriculture accounts for around 80% of all H2O use in the United States. As a result, many farmers are looking for ways to reduce waste and improve their farms’ sustainability.

Traditional irrigation systems can be wasteful in many different ways. However, they don’t have to be. With the right design, they can use as little water as possible while still providing enough to plants without reducing yields.

Here’s how farmers can reduce agricultural water waste with the right irrigation system design.

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Environment, Oceans

With the Rise of Sustainability, Will We See Suburban Water Change?

December 18, 2019
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Sustainability is becoming a popular topic around the world. Big consumer pushes over the past few years — like the movement to ban plastic straws — demonstrate that people will go out of their way to save the environment.

Some of the most significant sustainability challenges, however, don’t come from the places you expect. When you think about water pollution, the first image that comes to mind is a factory or power plant — wastewater flowing into a river or water source. Yet in much of the country, this image isn’t entirely accurate. The majority of water pollution today comes from the suburbs.

With the pivot towards sustainability, will customers bring eco-friendly habits home and reduce the pollution produced by suburban water use?

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Environment, Oceans

Alternative Water Sources to Consider for Going Off the Grid

November 25, 2019
alternative water sources

Not all water comes from a city tap. Sure, it’s convenient to link up with a supplier who funnels H2O straight to your home. However, it’s not always the earth-friendliest or safest. Plus, you’re beholden to a company and a monthly bill. The city-wide water supply can pause or shut down in case of a major emergency. If you’ve set up a self-reliant system, however, you have less to worry about.

Are you ready to go off of the grid? If so, consider one of these five alternative water sources for your home.

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Environment, Wildlife

How to Avoid Excess Pollution When Animal Farming on Your Homestead

November 22, 2019
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Many farming techniques has been wreaking havoc on the environment. Not only are they damaging land, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and polluting our water sources, but they’re also participating in the maltreatment of livestock. Because of this, animal rights activist and environmentally conscious people have been trying to take on the corporate food producers with none other than homestead farming.

Individuals with access to farmland have taken on small amounts of livestock to raise and then eat. These new-age farmers are working hard to give these animals a good life while still maintain their need for meat and dairy. City dwellers have taken to green spaces in densely populated areas and are inventing creative ways to grow fruits and vegetables, with inventions like vertical and rooftop gardens.

Are you interested in running a self-sustaining homestead farm? Here are some ways you can be sure that you’re taking care of the Earth!

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Environment, Oceans

Homesteading Water Supply Options

November 13, 2019
homesteading water supply

Homesteading is a lifestyle characterized by self-sufficiency and independence from living on the grid. Homesteader’s invest in subsistence agriculture, preservation of food and raising livestock or other animals to provide a self-sustaining life. However, water supply is a source of strife for many individuals who invest in living independently from the grid. When buying a homestead, you should prioritize your water source when looking for a home. If you already own a property but do not have a viable source of water, there are alternative solutions available.

Dig a Well

Digging a well on your property creates a reliable source of water that your household can depend upon. Although digging a well is expensive, upwards of $10,000, it allows you to be entirely off the grid and self-sufficient. Wells are perhaps the best long-term solution for homesteads that desire a reliable source of water while remaining independent from the grid.

It is essential to decide whether your well will have a manual pump or an electric pump and if it has an electric pump how it will be powered. Manual pumps require more manual labor, but it ensures that you always have a source of water. Electric pumps allow for an automated water source, but it does rely on outside factors. Electric pumps are either powered by the grid, which can defeat the purpose of a well for some, or they are reliant upon solar or wind power, which puts your homestead at the mercy of the weather. These factors are all considerations when installing a well at your property.

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Oceans

What Are the Effects of Offshore Drilling on Marine Life?

October 31, 2019
effects of offshore drilling on marine life

The oil industry has shaped our modern world in countless ways, including by impacting the previously unblemished habitats of wildlife in national parks and protected areas. But much of our oil extraction effort is conducted offshore.

So what are the impacts of this seemingly unstoppable and ethically hollow industry? As you might expect, there are both immediate and long-term effects on our planet’s oceans. However, we don’t know exactly how long the effects of our actions will continue to affect our ocean’s ecosystems.

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Oceans

How Mercury Pollution Affects Our Oceans and Fish

October 17, 2019
mercury in fish

People looking for ways to improve their diet often turn to fish instead of other proteins. It’s lean, lower in calories, and packed full of healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidants like omega-3. On the other side of the coin, too much fish could potentially be dangerous to your health.

We’ve heard the warning for years — don’t eat too much canned tuna because you’re consuming mercury that can make you sick. How is mercury pollution affecting our oceans and fish, and should we consider removing seafood from our diets?

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Oceans

10 Overfishing Solutions That Could Save Our Oceans

October 4, 2019
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Overfishing has become a global crisis. One-third of fisheries around the world are operating at unsustainable levels. Over time, this unsustainable fishing will both decrease the amount of wild fish available to fishers and have huge consequences for the environment. If left unchecked, overfishing can lead to disruption of the food chain, harmful algal blooms and even critical dispensation: fish populations so reduced in size they can no longer sustain themselves.

But overfishing isn’t inevitable. Regulations that prevent overfishing and encourage sustainable fishing have been proven to help restore fish and plant populations and heal marine ecosystems. And sustainable fishing may even be good for fishers’ profits, too.

Here are 10 overfishing solutions that could save our oceans and help prevent ecological collapse.

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