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Robots are raising your kale now.

A New Jersey startup called Bowery grows leafy greens stacked in columns five high under the watchful eyes of an AI system.

The operation, which officially launched last week, uses 95 percent less water than traditional methods and is 100 times more productive on the same footprint of land, according to the company.

Bowery calls itself “post-organic,” a label to describe its integration of tech and farming practices and its pesticide-free produce. That distinguishes it from large-scale organic farms, which do use pesticides — they’re just organic ones.

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Its AI system automates ideal growing conditions for crops by adjusting the lighting, minerals, and water, using sensors to monitor them. It can alter conditions to tweak the taste — emphasizing a wasabi-like flavor in arugula, for instance.

More than 80 crops are grown at the farm, including baby kale, butterhead lettuce, and mixed greens. The produce is delivered to New York stores within the day after harvest, and the greens go for $3.49 a box — on par with the competition.

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Even George W. Bush’s Environment Chief Thinks Trump’s Energy Plan Is Bonkers

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“He’s talking about rolling back the clock, which I think is very dangerous.” Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock A couple of weeks ago, Donald Trump took a stage in Bismarck, North Dakota, and laid out his vision for addressing climate change and energy issues should he win the White House. It was about what you might expect from a candidate who has previously claimed that global warming is a hoax invented by Chinese bureaucrats to disadvantage US manufacturers. He railed against the historic global agreement on climate change struck in Paris last year, called President Barack Obama’s cornerstone climate policy “stupid,” and said that his administration “will focus on real environmental challenges, not the phony ones we’ve been looking at.” Though after he fulfills his promise to dismantle the “Department of Environmental,” it is hard to imagine how he would make that happen. The Washington Post called Trump’s proposals “dangerous and nonsensical,” and Christine Todd Whitman, a former Republican governor of New Jersey and head of the Environmental Protection Agency during George W. Bush’s first term, agreed. Whitman has always been a bit of a nonconformist among conservatives on climate change: She pushed hard for Bush to let the United States join the Kyoto Protocol, the last significant stab at global climate action prior to Paris, and she infamously told the Post that she left the EPA after coming under intense pressure from then-Vice President Dick Cheney to implement lax regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants. These days, she co-chairs the CASEnergy Coalition, an educational coalition that promotes the use of nuclear power as a solution to climate change. In earlier, more innocent days of the Republican primary race, she endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Now she “will not vote for Trump,” but is on the fence about Hillary Clinton. The Democratic nominee, she said, “has real flaws, but hers are more within the normal parameters we’re used to. Trump’s are way outside, as far as I’m concerned.” I had a chat with Gov. Whitman about the threat Trump’s candidacy poses to Obama’s climate legacy and why his energy “plan” makes no sense: Climate Desk: What did you make of Trump’s energy speech in North Dakota? Christine Whitman: Not surprised, but disappointed. I don’t think he has a full grasp, not surprisingly, of the issues. He’s taking moves that I believe are totally contrary to the health and well-being of the country and the citizens, when you talk about walking away from [the Paris Agreement], when you talk about having a need to restart coal plants. He should know that the reason a lot of the coal plants are shutting down now has nothing to do with environmental regulations and everything to do with economics and the low price of natural gas, which he also wants to encourage. So those two things run counter to one another in a way. He’s talking about rolling back the clock, which I think is very dangerous. CD: Trump’s comments on climate and energy might seem radical, but aren’t they really just a more extreme, less articulate version of sentiments we hear from Mitch McConnell and other prominent Republicans frequently: Climate change isn’t a threat, we need to save coal and the fossil fuel industry, etc.? CW: Well, first of all, environmental protection is a Republican issue. The first president to set aside public land was Lincoln. It was Nixon who established, with a Democratic Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency. This is in our DNA. Conservation is inherently conservative, and it should be something that we embrace. So I would like to see Republicans understand this and also recognize facts. You can have economic growth and a clean and green environment. We’ve done it. It’s not a zero-sum game. They’ve just got to get off this attitude that you can’t have them both at the same time. [During the Nixon era] the public said, “We don’t like being told not to go outside from 10 to 4 because of bad air quality,” and “We don’t like seeing our land turned into a garbage dump.” That’s what drove Congress and the president to actually take action. To walk away from [environmental issues] is a very dangerous political move, if nothing else, because the public still doesn’t want dirty air and dirty water and trashed land. You really don’t have any credible scientists who say that climate change isn’t occurring, and you don’t have any credible scientists who say humans don’t play a role. If you want to ignore it, you do so at your peril. CD: And yet, here we are with a Republican nominee for president who is a climate change denier. What do you think the effect of Trump’s candidacy on Obama’s climate legacy will be? Is he lending a sense of urgency to formally finalize the Paris Agreement? CW: Well, I hope he’s not representative of the party as a whole. I mean, he’s off the charts as far as what you can expect him to do or say. He is scaring other countries, and that’s pushing a desire to get [the Paris Agreement] done while we can—and make it that much harder for him to roll back. He says he’s going to roll back a lot of things, but he can’t do it. He’s not an emperor, but he doesn’t seem to get it. He is going to try to push the powers of the presidency, the boundaries. He doesn’t seem to understand the Constitution or really care much about it. But still, some of those who oppose taking dramatic action [on climate change] in India or in China are saying, “Wait a minute, the United States is going to back out. Do we still want to be a part of this?” So it’s making it much more difficult and confusing for people. CD: What are you hoping to see from the candidates on climate change as the election moves forward? CW: Truth? I hope they don’t get into it. [An election] is the worst time to discuss serious policy, because people politicize everything. I really don’t want to see a deep dive into climate change or into these issues, other than a recognition that they exist, that they’re important, and that we have to take action. Right now, on every issue, the extremes are pushing the agendas. What I’m really scared about is that people get dug in too far. And they’ll have to move further to the left, further to the right, the lines will get harder, and then once someone is elected there will be an inability to move back to the center or to really get things done. We all know that people will say things during campaigns that they don’t really mean. Or they’ll be willing, when they come into office, to look at what the reality is. So when they get in, if they’ve really painted themselves into a corner, then we’re not going to be able to have the kind of discussion that we need to get these issues solved.

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The Keystone XL Pipeline Isn’t Dead Yet. Here’s What You Need to Know About What Comes Next.

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Can Scientific Advice on Coastal Risk Reduction Compete with ‘We Will Not Retreat’ Politics?

An important report offers advice on ways to cut coastal risk in a changing climate. Will politicians listen? View the original here:  Can Scientific Advice on Coastal Risk Reduction Compete with ‘We Will Not Retreat’ Politics? ; ;Related ArticlesMiami’s Coastal Climate Calamity – in Super Slo-MoScientists Begin to Demystify Hole Found in Siberian PermafrostDot Earth Blog: A Fresh Look at Iron, Plankton, Carbon, Salmon and Ocean Engineering ;

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How to make zero carbon cheese

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How to Raise the Perfect Dog – Cesar Millan & Melissa Jo Peltier

From the bestselling author and star of National Geographic Channel’s Dog Whisperer , the only resource you’ll need for raising a happy, healthy dog. For the millions of people every year who consider bringing a puppy into their lives–as well as those who have already brought a dog home–Cesar Millan, the preeminent dog behavior expert, says, “Yes, […]

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White Dwarf Issue 7: 15 March 2014 – White Dwarf

In issue 7 of White Dwarf is all about Apocalypse, with War Zone Damocles detailing an epic clash between the Tau and the Imperium. You’ll also find rules for the Exalted Flamer of Tzeentch, allying your Imperial Knight with other armies, and much more besides. About this series: White Dwarf is Games Workshop’s weekly magazine, and boasts a wealth […]

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Cesar’s Way – Cesar Millan & Melissa Jo Peltier

“I rehabilitate dogs. I train people.” —Cesar Millan There are at least 68 million dogs in America, and their owners lavish billions of dollars on them every year. So why do so many pampered pets have problems? In this definitive and accessible guide, Cesar Millan—star of National Geographic Channel’s hit show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan —reveals what do […]

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Dataslate: Helbrutes (Interactive Edition) – Games Workshop

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How to Paint Citadel Miniatures: Helbrutes – Games Workshop

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Crimson Slaughter A Codex: Chaos Space Marines Supplement (Interactive Edition) – Games Workshop

Cursed are the traitors that turn from the light of the Emperor, and few are as haunted by their descent into madness as the Chaos Renegades known as the Crimson Slaughter. Once loyal sons of the Imperium, the Space Marine Chapter once known as the Crimson Sabres, has earned a terrible and bloody reputation for the murder of whole worlds. Plagued by the ghos […]

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All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition – Mel Bartholomew

Rapidly increasing in popularity, square foot gardening is the most practical, foolproof way to grow a home garden. That explains why author and gardening innovator Mel Bartholomew has sold more than two million books describing how to become a successful DIY square foot gardener. Now, with the publication of All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition , t […]

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How to make zero carbon cheese

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Three Reasons Why Germany Is Kicking Our Arsch on Solar

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Index Astartes: Volume I – Games Workshop

Index Astartes explores the units, heroes and vehicles of the Space Marine Chapters. This eBook collects together a selection of these great articles in one place. About this Series: The Adeptus Astartes are genetically engineered warriors, created by the Emperor of Mankind and tempered by centuries of bloody warfare. The Index Astartes series explores the o […]

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Codex: Adepta Sororitas – Games Workshop

The Adepta Sororitas, also known as the Sisters of Battle, are an elite sisterhood of warriors raised from infancy to adore the Emperor of Mankind. Their fanatical devotion and unwavering purity is a bulwark against corruption, heresy and alien attack, and once battle has been joined they will stop at nothing until their enemies are utterly crushed In this b […]

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Sentinels of Terra – A Codex: Space Marines Supplement – Games Workshop

The Imperial Fists have defended the Imperium since the days of the Great Crusade. They stood with the Emperor at the Siege of Terra, and have continued his life’s work in the centuries since. They are indefatigable defenders of Mankind, and the foremost guardians of Terra itself. About this book: Sentinels of Terra is a supplement to Codex: Space Marines Th […]

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Trident K9 Warriors – Michael Ritland & Gary Brozek

As Seen on “60 Minutes”! As a Navy SEAL during a combat deployment in Iraq, Mike Ritland saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he’d found his true calling. Ritland started his own company training and supplying dogs for the SEAL teams, U.S. Government, and Department of Defense. He knew that fewer than 1 percent of […]

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Codex: Space Marines (Enhanced Edition) – Games Workshop

The Space Marines are the chosen warriors of the Emperor, and the greatest fighting force of the Imperium. Each Space Marine is a genetically enhanced super soldier, easily a match for a dozen lesser men, armed with some of the deadliest weapons in the galaxy and encased in formidable power armour. This codex explores the formations and Chapters of the Space […]

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Inside of a Dog – Alexandra Horowitz

The bestselling book that asks what dogs know and how they think, now in paperback. The answers will surprise and delight you as Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human. Horowitz introduces the reader to dogs’ perceptual and cognitive abilities and then draw […]

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Codex: Adepta Sororitas (eBook Edition) – Games Workshop

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The Art of Raising a Puppy (Revised Edition) – Monks of New Skete

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How to Raise the Perfect Dog – Cesar Millan & Melissa Jo Peltier

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Three Reasons Why Germany Is Kicking Our Arsch on Solar

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Hopefully, Hurricane Lull Won’t Blunt Coastal Shifts

As the sleepy hurricane season continues, will folks relax their guard or sustain shifts in coastal norms? Visit site:  Hopefully, Hurricane Lull Won’t Blunt Coastal Shifts ; ;Related ArticlesMore on Population Growth and Planetary ProspectsThe Vital Long View in Tracking Diminishing Arctic Sea IceFirst Hurricane Brews After Silent First Half to the Atlantic Storm Season ;

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One Meteorologist’s Come-to-Jesus Moment on Climate Change

Like many TV weathermen, Stu Ostro didn’t believe in climate change—until extreme weather and scientific evidence changed his mind. Weather Channel Ever since he was a kid, Stu Ostro has been, in his own words, ”obsessed with the weather.” One day when he was around 11, he recalls, a lighting strike hit the house across the street in Somerville, New Jersey, while he and his brother watched from their porch—sending fire trucks scrambling, and the French fries that Ostro was eating “went flying.” Back then, Ostro’s weather fascination manifested as a “phobia” of thunder and lightning; nowadays, as a senior meteorologist at the Weather Channel and head of its team of tornado and hurricane specialists, his obsession takes a rather different form. Try perusing his 1072 slide long and ever-growing PowerPoint on extreme and unusual weather phenomena—and how they may relate to climate change—and you’ll get some sense of it. Ostro will speak at this Thursday’s Climate Desk Live on “The Alarming Science Behind Climate Change’s Increasingly Wild Weather” alongside Rutgers University climate scientist Jennifer Francis, whose work on how the warming of the Arctic is driving wacky weather complements his own theorizing. But Ostro didn’t always fit this billing, because he didn’t always buy into fears about global warming. As he puts it, he used to be a “vehement skeptic….not only about a human role in global warming, but also the idea that there was anything unusual about any weather we had been seeing.” Indeed, circa 1999 Ostro could be found in USA Weekend expressing uncertainty as to “whether humans are contributing to climate change or not.” In this, Ostro channeled the views of many of his fellow TV weather forecasters, who have long nourished a skeptical streak, as a group, towards the notion of human-caused climate change. “A lot of them are still where I was at,” Ostro explains. Weather Channel meteorologist Stu Ostro; Image courtesy of Stu Ostro So what changed? Ostro’s conversion was gradual, but the clincher was the stupefying hurricane season of 2005. Remember when forecasters ran out of letters of alphabet to name storms—Katrina, Rita, Wilma—and ultimately had to resort instead to the Greek alphabet (Epsilon, Zeta)?  By the end of the next year, Ostro had decided, as he put it in an email, that he could “no longer accept the mantra of ‘individual weather events can’t be connected to global warming.’” Rather, he now views climate and weather as intricately connected—you change the one, you inevitably change the other. Or as he puts it in his mega PowerPoint presentation: “Climate is a book, weather is chapters and pages.” As an overworked forecaster in 2005, Ostro was noticing much more than the dizzying number of storms. It was the overarching atmospheric patterns conducive to storm formation that really caught his attention—and that led him to conclude that “something ain’t right with the weather.” More specifically, Ostro began noticing a pattern of what’s called increasing atmospheric thickness. In other words, the vertical distance between the Earth’s surface and various higher levels of the atmosphere (identified by their atmospheric pressure) was growing. To explain this, Ostro uses the helpful analogy of baking a loaf of bread. “You put dough in the oven, it rises,” he says. “Same thing in the atmosphere.” With increasing heat, the atmospheric ridges of high pressure (regions in which air is falling, rather than rising) were higher, taller, on average. “The frequency of these really strong ridges of high pressure aloft, these anomalous high pressures aloft are increasing,” Ostro explains—with profound consequences. Strong high pressure ridges are tough to alter. They’re persistent, and so is the weather that accompanies them. It could be a long heat wave; or it could be rain or snow for days on end. “The crazy snow in China, the cold in parts of Europe and Asia this winter, and extreme flooding, and heat waves, it’s driving all of that,” says Ostro. The outcomes are variable—but the extremes are often powerful enough to have dramatic consequences in terms of human lives and also economic losses. Ostro says he has voted for Democrats, Republicans, and libertarians. But his neutral stance on politics hasn’t kept the trolls away. Recently one commenter wrote, “Stu, how does it feel to have your name permanently attached to the biggest media weather hoax in the history of mankind?” One conservative blogger, meanwhile, dubbed him “Mr. Ostroass” and described his “charming ability to repeat Leftist government talking points while miring in his own idiocy.” There were even “a couple of comments which I intercepted before they made it to the site that were threatening,” Ostro notes. That hasn’t stopped him: His PowerPoint documenting eerie weather extremes, ranging from an un-heard of Brazilian hurricane to seasonally odd tornadoes, just gets longer and longer. So why don’t more of Ostro’s fellow weathermen follow the evidence from the atmosphere, and from the weather maps that they look at every day—just as he has done? “As meteorologists,” Ostro explains, “we are used to always seeing extremes in weather, and we know there have been extremes for as long as there’s been weather. So it might be a little extra hard to convince us that anything out of the ordinary is going on.” As Ostro adds, it doesn’t help that on occasion, some climate scientists can be a tad condescending towards meteorologists—who apply a sophisticated tradecraft in their work, but aren’t usually known as great physicists or atmospheric theorists. Not all have advanced scientific degrees. Some were originally trained as journalists. But the wilder weather gets, the harder it is to ignore—most of all for those who analyze it daily. So perhaps some inroads are slowly being made among television meteorologists—nearly two thirds of which, according to a 2010 study, erroneously think global warming is mostly “natural,” not human caused. Ostro himself still remains cautious—he isn’t ready to connect the past few weeks’ tornado disasters to global warming, and he also questions the early forecasts of a bad 2013 hurricane season. But nevertheless, he knows that, because of climate change, all weather is changing–because all weather now occurs in a different atmosphere. “The word that I use over and over in every talk,” Ostro says, “is ‘context.’” Read this article: One Meteorologist’s Come-to-Jesus Moment on Climate Change ; ;Related ArticlesHow To Fix the Climate, in One Simple FlowchartWould Hillary and Norgay Recognize Mount Everest?The Arctic Ice “Death Spiral” ;

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