Archive for August, 2010

  • Arsenic in field runoff linked to poultry litter

    Friday, August 27th, 2010

    Fields amended with poultry litter can accumulate significant levels of arsenic, according to studies by USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and associates. These findings provide key information about the agricultural pollutants that can build up in agricultural soils over time—and possibly migrate into nearby streams and rivers.
    Poultry producers have sometimes supplemented chicken feed with roxarsone, [...]

  • Sustainability management survey shows managers want more

    Friday, August 27th, 2010

    A recent Facility and Sustainability Data Management Survey suggest that there is broad interest for increased tracking of sustainability metrics from across the organization, but dissatisfaction with the tools available to measure utilities usage.
    iReuse, a California based consulting firm, surveyed commercial facility and sustainability professionals in order to identify which sustainability metrics were being tracked, [...]

  • Greenhouse gas calculator connects farming practices with carbon credits

    Monday, August 16th, 2010

    Greenhouse gas markets, where invisible gases are traded, must seem like black boxes to most people. Farmers can make money on these markets, such as the Chicago Climate Exchange, by installing methane capture technologies in animal-based systems, no-till farming, establishing grasslands, and planting trees.
    Farmers, students, extension educators, offset aggregators, and other stakeholders need to understand [...]

  • Amazon deforestation falls by 49% in June

    Thursday, August 12th, 2010

    Data from the Real Time Deforestation Detection System (DETER), from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), reported a fall of 49% in deforestation in June 2010 over the same period in 2009, confirming the downward trend of deforested areas in the Amazon Rainforest. Economic growth and falling deforestation rates indicate [...]