EarthwiseFrom green business and new environmental legislation to how nature impacts our environment in ways never before considered, Earth Wise offers a look at our changing environment every day through public radio.
From green business and new environmental legislation to how nature impacts our environment in ways never before considered, Earth Wise offers a look at our changing environment every day through public radio.
Rice straw is produced as a byproduct of rice production. Globally, as much as a billion tons of rice straw is produced each year, three-quarters of it in Asia. Straw incorporation in soil for fertilization is not practical in most places because with multiple crops per year, there is not enough time for the material [...]
Starting in December, a series of "atmospheric rivers" brought record storms to California producing as much rain in three weeks in some areas as they normally have in an entire year. The historic levels of rain (and snow in the mountains) have swollen rivers, flooded roads and homes, forced evacuations, knocked out electric power for [...]
Lithium-ion batteries have been the power source for electric vehicles since 2008, when the Tesla Roadster was introduced. They took over for nickel-metal hydride batteries that powered most hybrid electric cars such as the Prius. Lithium-ion batteries store much more energy for a battery of a given weight, which leads to greater driving range. But [...]
A start-up company in Oman called 44.01 was recently awarded a $1.2 million Earthshot Prize by Prince William of the U.K. The company, whose name corresponds to the molecular weight of carbon dioxide, is working on speeding up natural chemical reactions that take carbon from the air and lock it into solid mineral form. The [...]
India is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. An estimated 47,000 plant species and 89,000 animal species can be found in India, with more than 10% of each thought to be on the list of threatened species. India is also one of the 10 most forest-rich countries in the world. Trees cover [...]
Wheat is one of the most widely-grown crops in the world and plays a major role in human nutrition. In fact, wheat contributes approximately 20% of the protein and 20% of the calories consumed by humans globally. It is grown on every continent except Antarctica. But wheat is under growing attacks from harmful toxins. According [...]
The US Postal Service recently announced that it plans to buy at least 66,000 electric vehicles by 2028. With more than 231,000 total vehicles, the Postal Services operates one of the largest civilian vehicle fleets in the world. Last February, the Postal Service announced a plan to replace up to 165,000 older mail trucks, many [...]
Wyoming produces about 40% of our country's coal and many towns in the state were built because of and make their living from it. With coal's plummeting share in the nation's electricity, there is a great deal of anxiety among residents of those towns. As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to climb, there [...]
In December, the Department of Energy announced that scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California had achieved a breakthrough in nuclear fusion technology. Fusion is the process by which the sun generates energy. If we had the means to produce nuclear fusion in a controlled fashion, it would be an almost limitless source of [...]
There are a variety of schemes for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Some require advanced and generally not-very-well developed technology. Others, such as planting vast numbers of trees, are nature-based but are daunting with respect to the scale to which they need to take place in order to be truly effective. Researchers at the [...]