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Hydroponics Technologies Market size is set to grow by USD 737.5 mn from 2024-2028, Facilitation in soil and space-saving to boost the market growth, Technavio

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The market is expected to continue expanding due to its numerous benefits for farmers and consumers alike.

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  • The market is expected to continue expanding due to its numerous benefits for farmers and consumers alike.
  • The global vertical farming technologies market is experiencing rapid growth, driven by increasing urbanization and demand for sustainable agriculture.
  • Vertical farms utilize innovative techniques like hydroponics and aeroponics to grow crops in controlled environments, minimizing water usage and maximizing land efficiency.
  • The world's population continues to grow, increasing the demand for fresh, organic produce, creating significant market opportunities for hydroponics technologies.

Fewer bees and other pollinating insects lead to shrinking crops

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Niklas_Weidner/500px via Getty ImagesMany plants, from crops to carnations, cannot bear fruit or reproduce without bees, beetles, butterflies and other insects to pollinate them.

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  • Niklas_Weidner/500px via Getty Images

    Many plants, from crops to carnations, cannot bear fruit or reproduce without bees, beetles, butterflies and other insects to pollinate them.

  • Bees are the primary pollinators for a lot of plants, but flies, wasps, beetles and butterflies also play an important role.
  • Although birds, bats and other mammals also pollinate, insects are the main pollinators for the vast majority of those plants.
  • Have insect pollinator populations declined?

    Mallinger: Recent studies have shown pretty dramatic declines in insects generally, and this has been shown even in conservation lands.

Palmstreet Launches Groundbreaking "Purge" Feature, Transforming the Live Selling and Shopping Marketplace Experience with Limited-Time Deals and Real-Time Interactions

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Palmstreet (https://palmstreet.app/), the cutting-edge live-selling marketplace for plants, crystals, pottery and decor, announces the launch of its latest feature, Palmstreet Purge. The new Palmstreet Purge feature offers exclusive selling events, deals and purge-only items from favorite sellers, available for a limited time. Shoppers can purchase these exclusive bundles in real time until they sell out or the event timer expires. Palmstreet is known for its immersive live-selling platform that allows users to engage directly with trusted sellers through real-time interactive streams. Established as a vibrant community hub for enthusiasts seeking rare and exotic plants, artisanal pottery and more, Palmstreet Purge adds a layer of excitement, ensuring continuous engagement and entertainment for users. By offering exceptional deals while cultivating its community, Palmstreet continues to transform the live-selling marketplace, making it more captivating, convenient and community-driven than ever before.

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  • The new Palmstreet Purge feature offers exclusive selling events, deals and purge-only items from favorite sellers, available for a limited time.
  • Palmstreet is known for its immersive live-selling platform that allows users to engage directly with trusted sellers through real-time interactive streams.
  • By offering exceptional deals while cultivating its community, Palmstreet continues to transform the live-selling marketplace, making it more captivating, convenient and community-driven than ever before.
  • "The Palmstreet Purge is a game-changer for both buyers and sellers," said Chen Li, CEO and Founder of Palmstreet.

Panda Pair to Make Official Public Debut at the San Diego Zoo on August 8

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SAN DIEGO, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The panda pair that arrived at the San Diego Zoo from China earlier this summer will make their eagerly awaited public debut on Thursday, August 8, the Zoo announced today. The two are the first pandas to enter the United States in 21 years.

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  • SAN DIEGO, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The panda pair that arrived at the San Diego Zoo from China earlier this summer will make their eagerly awaited public debut on Thursday, August 8, the Zoo announced today.
  • "We are delighted to introduce Yun Chuan and Xin Bao to our San Diego Zoo community," said Paul Baribault, President and CEO of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.
  • Since arriving in late June, the pair has been acclimating to their home in the newly reimagined Panda Ridge.
  • In 2007, his mother, Zhen Zhen, was the fourth cub born at the San Diego Zoo.

Stepping stones for wildlife: how linking up isolated habitats can help nature thrive in our cities

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You’re a small, bright blue bird that tends to make short flights from shrub to shrub, staying safe in the foliage.

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  • You’re a small, bright blue bird that tends to make short flights from shrub to shrub, staying safe in the foliage.
  • Beyond your little patch of habitat, there don’t seem to be any places you can easily access.
  • The map of suitable habitat for city-dwelling wildlife often looks like a scattering of islands in an inhospitable sea of other land uses.
  • Our newly published research shows how native species in our cities can benefit if we focus on creating strategically located green spaces to connect isolated patches of habitat.

Why we should care for urban species

  • Despite the myriad challenges facing plants, animals and insects in urban areas, cities are important places to take care of our native species.
  • Urban areas still offer valuable nesting and feeding resources, especially for tree-dwelling mammals, canopy-feeding birds and water-adapted species.
  • Urban nature has been shown to be important in balancing out the stresses of city life, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

What did the study look at?

  • These are all species that occur locally but experience some degree of habitat fragmentation.
  • We have a lot of greening to do for climate adaptation and to create open space for new residents in our growing cities.

What were the findings?

  • Here’s an image of the kind of green spaces we modelled in this study.
  • We found significant benefits for two of our three species when green spaces were located in a way that specifically targeted habitat connections.
  • Linking up habitats when we create new green spaces is one way to give native species a chance in our cities.

Plant Asset Management (PAM) Market size is set to grow by USD 2.01 billion from 2023-2027, Incorporation of 3D modeling in real-time asset management to boost the market growth, Technavio

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This feature is particularly useful during maintenance, enabling organizations to schedule tasks based on distinct scenarios created through prescriptive analytics.

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  • This feature is particularly useful during maintenance, enabling organizations to schedule tasks based on distinct scenarios created through prescriptive analytics.
  • Leading vendors like Rockwell Automation, ABB, and IBM offer prescriptive analytics services for asset management, providing data on factors influencing plant operations.
  • Plant Asset Management (PAM) market is witnessing significant trends in various sectors, including aerospace & defense and automotive.
  • Plant Asset Management (PAM) Market: Overcoming Challenges in Various Industries The Plant Asset Management (PAM) market faces several challenges in diverse sectors like Aerospace, Automotive, Construction, Energy & Power, and Manufacturing.

Strong progress – from a low base: here’s what’s in NSW’s biodiversity reforms

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In response, the state government this week announced a major overhaul of the Biodiversity Conservation Act, introduced in 2016.

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  • In response, the state government this week announced a major overhaul of the Biodiversity Conservation Act, introduced in 2016.
  • The Minns govermment has committed to introducing 49 of 58 recommendations made by the review, either in full or in part.
  • Certainly – especially given the federal government has delayed reforms to national biodiversity laws.

How do you fix the offset problem?

  • You want to develop a prime chunk of waterfront land, even though there are endangered koalas feeding in the trees?
  • That’s fine, as long as you protect and improve koala habitat elsewhere to create an environmental gain equal to your destructive impact.
  • In reality, research has demonstrated offset projects rarely achieve their promise of enabling development with no net-loss of biodiversity.

What else has the government promised?


Other important promises in the NSW government’s plan include: bringing the state’s Biodiversity Conservation Act in line with national and international biodiversity conservation goals introducing a new nature strategy with targets for tackling threats, recovering threatened species, conserving landscapes and working to restore and connect fragmented landscapes across public and private land reviewing conservation programs to boost restoration efforts and support the goal of no new extinctions increasing recognition of First Nations cultural values and connection to Country, including bringing traditional ecological knowledge into environmental assessment processes expanding private land conservation agreements to recognise and protect Aboriginal cultural values and traditional ecological knowledge.

What was missed?

  • While these measures are positive, there’s one big gap – the failure to take stronger action against native vegetation clearing.
  • The speed at which intact natural habitat is being destroyed in NSW has actually increased since the current biodiversity laws were introduced in 2016.
  • The NSW Government’s own data show almost 100,000 hectares of native vegetation was cleared every year after the act was introduced.

Clashing laws

  • The Henry Review found the effectiveness of the state’s biodiversity laws are being actively undermined by other state laws.
  • When environmental conservation and economic growth clash, the economy usually wins.

No-go zones for development

  • But the government did not take up the review’s recommendation to institute development no-go zones around natural places of particular value, such as vital Ramsar-listed wetlands and critical habitat of threatened species.
  • No-go zones would provide clarity for developers and protect the habitat of our most critically threatened native species.

Progress – from a very low base

  • It’s progress, most certainly – but starting from a very low base.
  • The natural infrastructure (functioning ecosystems, habitats and species) that underpin the economy and wellbeing of NSW has been steadily eroding since European arrival.
  • Without major reform, half of these species are projected to go extinct over the next century, according to the Henry Review.

Protecting nature in Peterborough to help fight climate change and reverse biodiversity loss

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Activities supported by the Government of Canada help mitigate climate change, build resilience, improve water quality and provide critical habitat for Canada's wildlife.

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  • Activities supported by the Government of Canada help mitigate climate change, build resilience, improve water quality and provide critical habitat for Canada's wildlife.
  • "Nature is our greatest ally in the fight against climate change.
  • – The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
    "Protecting nature is one of the best and easiest ways that we can fight climate change.
  • The Government of Canada has committed to investing $5 billion over 10 years (2021–2031) in the Natural Climate Solutions Fund, including $1.4 billion in Environment and Climate Change Canada's Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund (NSCSF).

Sunrun's Newest California Power Plant Delivers Essential Power to the Grid During Heat Wave

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 18, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sunrun (Nasdaq: RUN), the nation's leading provider of clean energy as a subscription service, announced today that its CalReady power plant was activated to support California's power grid during the recent heat wave.

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  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 18, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sunrun (Nasdaq: RUN), the nation's leading provider of clean energy as a subscription service, announced today that its CalReady power plant was activated to support California's power grid during the recent heat wave.
  • Batteries from over 16,000 Sunrun customers' solar-plus-storage systems dispatched power for four consecutive evenings from July 9-12 during peak hours.
  • Home solar and battery systems are modernizing, transforming, and strengthening the electric grid.
  • With nearly one million customers and over 102,000 installed storage systems, Sunrun has a proven track record of connecting customers to programs that support local power grid needs.

InventHelp Inventor Develops Smart Indoor Garden System LJD-328

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PITTSBURGH, July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- "I thought there should be a smart gardening system that allows you to create an automated watering and nutrient feeding schedule for plants," said an inventor, from Westbury, N.Y., "so I invented the VIO HOUSE.

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  • PITTSBURGH, July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- "I thought there should be a smart gardening system that allows you to create an automated watering and nutrient feeding schedule for plants," said an inventor, from Westbury, N.Y., "so I invented the VIO HOUSE.
  • The patent-pending invention provides a smart design for a gardening system.
  • In doing so, it would monitor and provide timed watering or watering-fertilizer delivery to garden botanicals in an automated manner.
  • 22-LJD-328, InventHelp, 100 Beecham Drive, Suite 110, Pittsburgh, PA 15205-9801, or call (412) 288-1300 ext.