Analiese’s Reading 3/14

Ecology and environment edition: Solar-powered travel across India to raise awareness of climate change, the role of Atlantic ocean currents in climate change, water woes in central Asia and the Middle East, corn and ethanol’s carbon footprint, expanding the Twin Cities’ protected natural areas, and gardening in unusual and forbidden places.

Solar Powered Revas Trek Across India

Trekking around India sounds like a great way to have an adventure. Trekking across India in three solar powered Reva vehicles is an incredible way to have an adventure while raising awareness for climate change. That was the goal of the Indian Youth Climate Network as they took three electric Reva vehicles and plowed through 3,500 kilometers of Indian landscape to show the world that the solution to global warming can be found even in the most remote of places.

Inhabitat

Oceanic Seesaw Links Northern And Southern Hemisphere During Abrupt Climate Change During Last Ice Age

Very large and abrupt changes in temperature recorded over Greenland and across the North Atlantic during the last Ice Age were actually global in extent, according to an international team of researchers led by Cardiff University.

New research, published in the journal Nature, supports the idea that changes in ocean circulation within the Atlantic played a central role in abrupt climate change on a global scale.

Environmental News Network

Analysis: Russia and Central Asian water

An integral element of the new Eurasian “great game” between Russia and the United States is a tussle for control of the Caspian’s hydrocarbon riches and those of former Soviet republics farther east. But Russia is making a diplomatic play on another key resource — water.

Terra Daily

Jordan’s Fossil Water Source Has High Radiation Levels

Ancient groundwater being tapped by Jordan, one of the 10 most water-deprived nations in the world, has been found to contain twenty times the radiation considered safe for drinking water in a new study by an international team of researchers.

Terra Daily

Study critiques corn-for-ethanol’s carbon footprint

To avoid creating greenhouse gases, it makes more sense using today’s technology to leave land unfarmed in conservation reserves than to plow it up for corn to make biofuel, according to a comprehensive Duke University-led study.

“Converting set-asides to corn-ethanol production is an inefficient and expensive greenhouse gas mitigation policy that should not be encouraged until ethanol-production technologies improve,” the study’s authors reported in the March edition of the research journal Ecological Applications.

Environmental News Network

Feds buying up land in south metro for refuge

A federal agency is quietly spending tens of millions of dollars to lengthen a swath of publicly owned natural areas up and down the Minnesota River.

Star Tribune

Beyond Green Roofs: 15 Vertically Vegetated Buildings

Vertical gardens bring lush, verdant life to even the coldest and barest of surfaces, both indoors and out. These ‘living walls’ increase interior humidity, purify the air and provide a much-needed touch of nature in spare, angular urban spaces like airports, museums and shopping centers. Here are 15 buildings with stunning vertical greenery, from 6-story elevator shafts to subterranean restaurants.

WebEcoist

A 12-Step Guide to Subversive Guerrilla Gardening

Guerilla gardeners scope out their communities, make a plan and then head out on covert operations to vandalize the cities with nature. There are a million different ways to guerilla garden, but whether you choose to do it solo or with a group, in a public space or in a neighboring junkyard, these 12 steps can help make sure your beautification efforts are a success.

WebEcoist

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