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Indoor farming's impact on the environment scrutinized amid tech advances

Indoor farming's impact on the environment scrutinized amid tech advances

Amid rising environmental concerns, high-tech indoor farms present a paradox, offering water-efficient agriculture that heavily relies on energy from fossil fuels.

Anna Phillips reports for The Washington Post.

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As Churchill waits for ice, more polar bears come into town

Climate change and El Niño conditions have a unique consequence for northern communities: polar bears — the largest land predator on the planet — are encountering people more often as they follow their noses to find food.

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Councilperson calls for change as Suncor keeps violating rules

When Colorado's largest polluter spewed gases into the air this weekend, the state warned people to stay inside. That kind of warning is rare, but the Suncor refinery in Commerce City emitting gases that could make people sick isn't.

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Matt McIntosh: Farmers want to restore Ontario’s natural landscapes, but we can’t do it alone

As a sixth-generation farmer in Ontario’s Essex County, I know that the desire to restore wetlands and woodlands is real. But so are the barriers of time, money and political creativity.

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Spanish scientists create a new type of hops so that climate change does not kill beer

A group of Spanish scientists made up of 11 agronomists, chemists and biotechnologists who are part of the Ekonoke startup, have managed to cultivate a new species of hops with the aim of saving the world’s beer.

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‘See justice done’: Elder on major B.C. mining case

Gilaskamax (Allan Brown), 86, has been at the B.C. Supreme Court witnessing Gitxaała and Ehattesaht First Nations’ fight for changes to mining claims on their territories.

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Ontario just cut protections for farmland — again

Housing minister Steve Clark could get stronger, as the Ford government pushes to turn areas zoned for farms and industry into subdivisions.