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In California, Brown is the New Green

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In a state plagued by water shortage, drought tolerant gardens make more sense than ever

In the arid American West, green grass lawns are as "natural" a part of the ecosystem as polar bears. Now California's drought is making well-watered lawns even less sensibles. Many homeowners are either replacing water-intensive grass with more suitable landscaping, or simply letting lawns turn brown. From The New York Times: With rainfall at below-normal levels for several years, and......read more

Creating Drought Tolerant Plants by Hacking Their Natural Responses

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Which new technique will help plants survive with less water?

By Erin Blakemore for Smithsonian Rainless skies. Dwindling water supplies. Dried-out plants. Droughts and water shortages threaten economies, food supplies and even lives. And with droughts unprecendented in the last 1,200 years underway and likely more to come, scientists have long been pushing to help farmers by making their crops more drought tolerant. In a new study,......read more

Airdrop

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Award-winning irrigation gadget looks to ease the effects of drought on farmers

In no place have the cataclysmic environmental effects of climate change been felt more strongly than southeastern Australia. There, a prolonged, 12-year drought has wrought havoc on local ecosystems and caused catastrophic damage to agriculture, which suffered record losses and sent rural communities into a tailspin.  Enter Australian inventor Edward Linnacre, a Swinburne University......read more

Come Hell or Low Water

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The indelible link between climate change and social unrest in the Arab world

It's tempting to attribute much of the recent dischord in North Africa and the Middle East to politics. And in the most direct sense, it's true. In Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and now Syria, the people have risen up against brutal and corrupt regimes. But dig a little deeper, and you find that the unrest is more broadly driven by drought and food shortages -- themselves linked to environmental shifts......read more

Last Call at the Oasis: Trailer

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New doc dives deep into the global water crisis

Here is the trailer for Last Call at the Oasis, the highly anticipated new documentary from Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu. Inspired by Alex Prud'homme's book The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the 21st Century, the film is a thorough examination ofthe global water crisis, with a focus on industrial and agricultural pollution in America and the drying of the Southwest. Last......read more

A Parched State Looks to Regulate Private Water Drilling

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Drought-stricken California passes law on drilling for groundwater

Felicity Barringer for The New York Times: FRESNO, Calif. — The small prefab office of Arthur & Orum, a well-drilling outfit hidden in the almond trees and grapevines south of Fresno, has become a magnet for scores of California farmers in desperate need of water to sustain their crops. Looking at binders of dozens of orders for yet-to-be-drilled wells, Steve Arthur, a manager, said,......read more

How California Is Winning The Drought

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By Charles Fishman for The New York Times

FOR California, there hasn’t ever been a summer quite like the summer of 2015. The state and its 39 million residents are about to enter the fifth year of a drought. It has been the driest four-year period in California history — and the hottest, too. Yet by almost every measure except precipitation, California is doing fine. Not just fine: California is doing fabulously. In 2014,......read more

L.A. Adopts Sustainable Planting Rules

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Strawberry and thyme among drought-tolerant plants approved for city's residential parkways.

The Los Angeles Board of Public Works has announced sustainable new rules for residential parkways. LA Times Greenspace reports that Los Angeles-area homeowners will now be allowed to plant drought-tolerant, turf substitute ground-cover plants in residential parkways without a permit. Previously, homeowners were only allowed to plant street trees and grass without a permit. Residential parkways......read more

Woolly Pocket

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DIY vertical gardening system made from recycled plastic water bottles in the USA. $49.00

Pockets are simple to install and maintain. Just place and fill with beautiful, full-size plants. Breathable sides release excess moisture and aerate soil. Waterproof lining helps keep walls and floors dry....read more

Hanging Test Tube Vase

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Better living through chemistry. $36.00

Cast from vintage test tubes and threaded with a natural, veggie dye-tanned leather strap, these clever Hanging Test Tube Vases invite you to get experimental with your floral arrangements. Handmade by Pigeon Toe Ceramics in Portland, OR using clay, earth-friendly lead-free glaze, fired in a renewable energy-powered kiln, these make a great gift item for someone who appreciates eco-conscious......read more

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