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Learn to Manage the Land Better

By ACS Distance Education on June 1, 2017 in Environmental Issues & Horticulture | comments

Land has never been more precious. 

Anyone who owns land has a responsibility to care for that land properly - to both protect your own investment and to protect the legacy you leave to future generations.

 

 

You have no doubt heard about Chain of Custody (COC) issues in the many forensic TV shows on our screens. The shows where faulty documentation destroys an otherwise carefully prepared case and the criminal goes free!  So exactly what is a COC?  It is the chronological ‘paper’ trail, showing the collection, transfer, receipt, analysis, storage, and disposal of a sample. At all stages, the sample is in someone’s custody—that person is responsible for it.

The COC is just as important in environmental  and agricultural sciences -the integrity of the sampling, testing and reporting chain is very important

 

Did you hate chemistry at school because it was boring? Daunting?   But now you need to understand environmental chemistry basics for your job?  Have a look at our  new Environmental-Chemistry course which starts at basics and leads you into the fascinating world of chemicals in the environment.  Become familiar with names like POPs (sounds friendly but it isn’t – Persistent Organic Pollutants) and PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons released when fuels or organic matter are burned).Learn the difference between oxygen and ozone. Understand how, what and where chemicals occur in air, water and soil, including the good, the bad, the ugly. 

 

22 Ways to Conserve Water

By ACS Distance Education on December 25, 2016 in Environmental Issues | comments

Water is a valuable resource, and in many parts of the world it is a commodity under pressure. If we don't have enough water in the extreme industry grinds to a halt, and people can even die.

There are two ways to deal with limited water supply. One is to obtain more water; but that can be a costly and perhaps limited option. The better option is to use water resources more wisely.

 

Aquaponics allows you to grow both plants (eg. vegetables) and fish in the same system. It can be operated on a small scale at home to feed a family, or on a large scale as a commercial farm. This is a complicated way of growing though, with significant benefits, but also challenges. You can do a lot more with less land, but you do need more equipment and technical know how.

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