Repowering the UK’s oldest wind farms could boost energy generation by 171%

Enlarge (credit: Germanborrillo) Wind energy has been identified as having an important role to play in the world’s move towards a low-carbon future. But due to short-term planning rules, it may not have as big a part as it could in the UK’s own sustainable energy generation. To date, when most UK wind farms were […]

Carpeting Sahara with wind and solar farms could make it rain

Enlarge / “Whaaaaaaaat?” (credit: Lisa de Vreede) If you’ve spent any time thinking about the world’s dirty energy problem, you’ve probably pondered some impractical “What if?” scenarios. Solar panels in space beaming energy down, or covering Nevada in solar panels—that kind of thing. Well, a new study led by Yan Li, Eugenia Kalnay, and Safa […]

‘Potentially thousands’ of child slaves forced to work on illegal London cannabis farms

Children are being trafficked from Vietnam and other countries to perform slave labour on hundreds of cannabis farms across London, experts have warned. New figures released on Monday expose the scale of illegal cannabis farming in the British capital, where police said they had found 314 farms since 2016 — the equivalent of one every […]

Why 25% of English farms could go bankrupt after Brexit

Reuters / Russell Cheyne Academics say government plans to replace farm subsidies after Brexit could mean that up to 25% of England’s least profitable farms could go bankrupt. Dr Ludivine Petetin said “up to one in four” farms in England could “disappear” after Brexit in comments originally reported by the Farmers Guardian. The EU’s Common […]

Crush the right rock and spread it on farms to help soil and the climate

Enlarge / Instead of adding crushed limestone to soil, we could opt for basalt. (credit: Mark Robinson) The best response to a leaking pipe is to stop the leak. But even if you haven’t quite got the leak solved, a mop can keep the pool of water on your floor from spilling into the next […]

Farms Take Root Among NYC's Skyscrapers

Temperatures dropped to single digits this winter in New York City, but inside the mobile indoor farm demoed by innovative tech company Local Roots on the East Side of Manhattan, it was summertime. Rows of bright-green lettuce sprouting in trays basked under LEDs that mimic natural sunlight, while the circulating water delivered nutrients to their […]