The Untold Story of Iowa’s Ag Drainage Systems

The Untold Story of Iowa’s Ag Drainage Systems

If there were a “Mysteries at the Museum” television series geared towards agriculture, this item would be ideal to lead in a segment. It’s hollow, it’s made of clay, it contains a message from the past, and it was buried in the ground for decades.

It’s a unique clay drainage tile dated 1885, and it’s on display in the Greene County Historical Society’s museum in Jefferson. The message carved around … [more…]

The Surprising Solution to Ocean Plastic

Still frame from video: David Katz TED Talk on ocean plastic

This talk was presented at a TED Institute event given in partnership with IBM. TED editors featured it among our selections on the home page. Read more about the TED Institute.

Can we solve the problem of ocean plastic pollution and end extreme poverty at the same time? That’s the ambitious goal of The Plastic Bank: a worldwide chain of stores where everything from school tuition to cooking fuel and … [more…]

Explore the Largest Coastal Restoration Project Completed In Louisiana’s History

map: Explore the Largest Coastal Restoration Project Completed In Louisiana's History

Map: a depiction of Isles Dernieres Barrier Island in 1853 and the chain of islands that now make up Isles Dernieres in 1988 after they detached from the mainland (Credit: CPRA).

To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits and reduce land loss, restore ecosystems and maintain habitat.

In this "Restoration Project Highlights" series, we’ll be taking … [more…]

Severe Global Water Cycle Shifts Due to Abrupt Climate Change

photo: Paul Beckwith - Severe Global Water Cycle Shifts from Abrupt Climate Change

Freshwater availability for drinking is being disrupted around Earth. Same for irrigation water relied upon to grow many crops. Soils are drying out and groundwater is being depleted much faster than it can be recharged. Alpine glacier water storage in snow and ice is collapsing, and extreme droughts in some places and torrential rains with floods in other places is accelerating [1], [2].

I discuss Terrestrial Water Storage ( TWS … [more…]

Update: Remember the Young Man With a Plan to Rid Oceans of Plastic?

Remember the Young Man With a Plan to Rid Oceans of Plastic? His Massive Project to Launch This Summer

His massive plan is scheduled to launch this summer

Do you remember the teenager who six years ago invented a machine that he said could get rid of the plastic that was gathering in the ocean? Well, just in time for Earth Day, the young Dutch genius announced that he is almost ready to launch his ground-breaking initiative designed to purge the seas of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

This … [more…]