U.S. Declares First Western Reservoir Water Shortage, Triggering Cuts

“U.S. officials for the first time on Monday declared an official water shortage for the massive Lake Mead reservoir, triggering supply cuts to parts of the drought-stricken Southwest, as 10 Western governors appealed for federal drought disaster aid. The shortage will reduce water apportionments to Arizona, Nevada and Mexico for the year beginning in October,Continue reading “U.S. Declares First Western Reservoir Water Shortage, Triggering Cuts”

Solar Power Booms in Georgia, Where it Isn’t Mandated

The state has no subsidies or renewable-energy requirements, but solar farms draw support of Republican utility regulators, rural communities.   Georgia has no mandates requiring power companies to add renewable energy and hasn’t made climate change a political priority. Solar power is booming there anyway. The state went from having virtually no solar industry aContinue reading “Solar Power Booms in Georgia, Where it Isn’t Mandated”

Western Drought Reveals Need for Stronger Farm Protections, Agriculture Secretary Says

USDA’s Tom Vilsack says policy must reflect growing climate risks, as farmers and others look to adapt   “A drought gripping the Western U.S. shows the need for stronger protections for farmers navigating growing climate-related risks, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Since taking leadership of the USDA earlier this year, Mr. Vilsack has urgedContinue reading “Western Drought Reveals Need for Stronger Farm Protections, Agriculture Secretary Says”

The Environmental Upside of Modern Farming

New methods rooted in low-impact, precision techniques require less land, less energy and fewer chemicals than traditional agriculture.   “Modern farming is better because it uses low-impact, “precision” techniques that require less land, less energy and fewer chemicals for every bushel produced. The secret has been to incorporate tools that use sensors, information and communicationsContinue reading “The Environmental Upside of Modern Farming”