Environment, Forestry and Agriculture

Forest Giant Recapitalized

Georgia-Pacific feeds on Alabama, the nation’s second largest timberland. The big recession was time for big G-P reinvestment throughout the state.

Supply and Demand of Water

Only 10 percent of Alabama’s cropland is irrigated, compared to Georgia’s 50 percent and Mississippi’s 60 percent. If Alabama’s were 50 percent, the impact would be $200 million to $300 million a year.

Abundance, Droughts and Floods

Great bounty is the median measure of Alabama’s water supply. But a lot depends on where and when the rain falls.

Global Temperature Check

Atmospheric scientist John Christy says two decades of data don’t back up the mathematical models of global warming theory.

Renewable Energy Waste Conversion

Recycling human waste into fertilizer may seem like an indelicate topic for polite society, but it’s an important one nonetheless. Like most...

Nature in Decatur, Neighbor to Arts

Getting rid of bugs has been a Cook family passion for three generations. Now the family has endowed a museum to put those little...

The Pollinator

“See those bumblebees on the sunflowers?” Dr. George Koulianos asks underneath a blue sky near the southernmost tip of Alabama. “This is what I...

Black Belt Green

Teaming with former first lady Marsha Folsom, this Seattle couple, who made bamboo a mainstay in home flooring in the U.S., are forging another bamboo coup — in Alabama’s Black Belt.

Creating the Perfect Tractor for Cuba

Horace Clemmons and Saul Berenthal are at a tradeshow in Cuba this month to promote an Alabama-based tractor company they plan to build near...

An Economic History of Family Farming

Despite encroaching residential and commercial development, Baldwin County’s Belforest community remains predominantly a patchwork of family farms, most rooted in the late...

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