Dec 05

Less Is Still More When It Comes to Biofuel

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Crop-based biofuels burn cleaner than gasoline—but there’s a hitch. Listen up for the water-guzzling scoop: Everything you’ve heard is true: Compared with fossil fuels, burning biofuels releases fewer greenhouse gases. But what you might not know is that producing the cleaner-burning fuel also requires a lot of water. Take corn-based ethanol, for example, which is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-energy/the-water-footprint-of-biofuels/

Dec 02

Shady Characters, Great Lakes Edition: Sea Lampreys

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Blood-sucking vampire fish aren’t native to the Great Lakes, and yet…they’re heeeere! Listen up: Teeth on teeth on teeth: lampreys are armed and ready vampires (via T. Lawrence, GLFC) Sea lampreys, like many a scary-movie villain, attach themselves to other creatures and suck their blood and other body fluids. But instead of showing up on …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/sustainable-fisheries/shady-characters-great-lakes-edition-sea-lampreys/

Dec 01

Lake Erie’s Got the Algal Bloom Blues

This Great Lake has a problem that’s blooming out of control. Jam on this: Lake Erie touches upon Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Canada, and provides drinking water to more than 11 million people. But phosphorus from fertilizer and sewage has increased cyanobacteria in the lake. Often called blue-green algae, it can produce toxic …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/lake-erie-algal-blooms/

Nov 30

Cover the Eco-Bases With Cover Crops

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Farmers put covers on their fields—but not so they can sleep! Cover crops reduce erosion and improve water absorption. Dig in: You might think soil could use a rest between growing seasons. But leaving soil bare through winter makes it vulnerable to heavy rain and winds that cause erosion and wash nutrients out of the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/agricultural-runoff/cover-the-eco-bases-with-cover-crops/

Nov 29

Water Footprint…or Should We Make That Food-print?

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Wanna shrink that water footprint? Take a look at the food you’re eating. Listen up: Here’s some food for thought: More than 90 percent of our water footprint relates to water usage in agriculture—which means the food we eat is our biggest use of water. Fresh water comprises just 2.5 percent of the world’s supply, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-conservation-2/your-water-footprint-and-the-food-you-eat/

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