Do you think you know what a cornfield looks like? You don’t know what a cornfield looks like.
Dry conditions have caused the Aral Sea's eastern lobe to completely dry up for the first time in modern history. It was once the fourth largest lake in the world, but owing to a disastrous irrigation project, it's all but gone.
As conventional sources of clean water dry up, we're looking ever farther, wider, and deeper. In a long feature on unusual sources of water, Nature leads us somewhere especially unexpected—into the middle of a desert. The Sahara Forest Project wants to prove we can green the desert, turning barren land into oases of…
Ocean levels have risen several inches over the last century, and that's only likely to increase going forward. Most of that is related to climate change — but now scientists may have discovered a hidden factor in all this: irrigation.
We humans are supposed to number about 7.8 billion by 2050. Feeding every one of those mouths demands food production in new, less-than-"optimal" areas. Like the Sahara. And if these monstrous irrigations work there, they can work virtually anywhere.
About 200 million people today have schistosomiasis, a serious chronic illness caused by a parasitic infection. A big part of why the disease runs rampant today is how our ancestors practiced irrigation...and it's a mistake 1500 years in the making.
Claus Spreckels, successful sugar refiner and capitalist, had already revolutionized the process of cubing sugar when he set about reorganizing Maui's dry plains into lush tracts of cane. This is how he modernized Hawaiian sugar production and monopolized its distribution.
A group of scientists have a radical idea for combating climate change: terraforming the Sahara Desert and replacing it with a lush forest. But will its carbon capturing potential outweigh the negative ecological consequences?
I love green technology, especially when it doesn't involve me lifting so much as a finger. With the Cyber-Rain XCI, you can take control of your sprinkler system across eight zones and help conserve water and a little cash at the same time. Via a wireless connection with your PC, the Cyber-Rain can make adjustments…
Instead of blowing their noses like us heathens in America, the Japanese apparently like to irrigate the nasal cavity first before expelling its mucus. The gadget fits up either nostril and shoots an irrigation solution, which is made up of one part water and a small bit of salt. We're not sure what the salt's…