Energy, Climate & Sustainability 2011

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Opportunities for Nebraska, Volume Two: Energy, Climate and Sustainability is the second annual publication of Strategic Discussions for Nebraska that explores the impact and relevance of University of Nebraska research.

Watch and listen as experts tell the stories of research and innovation at the University of Nebraska- one of the top research universities in the United States.

Researchers at this university are finding ways to double the world's food production using the same amount of land and water- while improving quality and sustainability. This magazine and website showcase research into climate change, agricultural production, water quality and quantity, energy... and the education that will be necessary to move the world forward in the future.

This is the first publication under the financial and programmatic collaboration of three entities: the Robert and Ardis James Family Foundation; the UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources; and the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications. We are grateful for their support.

Stories and video content in this magazine and on the website were produced by UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a Magazine Writing course in the spring of 2011.

Because we're not all scientists, the writers tried to make this research easy for readers to understand. We hope we've been successful in capturing the essence of this important information.

We welcome comments and suggestions. If you would like copies of the magazine, please see below for information on how to contact us.

Strategic Discussions for Nebraska

Mary H. Garbacz, Coordinator
Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
101 ACB
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0918


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Soil: Techniques and Production Methods and How They Conserve Resources

Soil Productivity Vital for Economical Crop Production

Leading Through Sustainable Management of Natural Resources

Scientific Trait Development

Center for Plant Science Innovation: Developing Better Foods and Fuels

Crops Innovations Overview

Grapes and Wine: Adding Value to Nebraska's Economy

UNL Plant Trait Research Saves Water, Grows More Food

Feeding the World from Nebraska's Research Technology

Research Means Better Ag Productivity, Better Marketing Opportunities

The Debate: Food for Fuel

Harnessing Nebraska's Wind Energy

Nebraska's Solar Potential Bright

Green Slime Slides into Biofuels Arena: How Algal Biofuels May Be the Next Alternative

Biofuels: Progress and Importance

Camelina as a Biofuel, Biolubricant

Ethanol: Powering the Vehicles of the Future

Active Efficiency: A Closer Look at the Use of Ethanol Byproducts

Biofuels: The Economics of Environmental Impact

Engineering Efficient Electric Vehicles: Powering the Future with Batteries

Creating the Next Generation of Sustainable Nebraskans

Climate Research Provides Economic Opportunities

Helping Nebraskans Navigate Climate Change

Sustainability: a Philosophy, a Goal

Rural Sustainability is Key to Nebraska's Future

Defining Drought and Its Impact

Increasing Ag Water Productivity

The Bread Basket of the World

Water Monitoring Key to Competition

Maximizing the Value of Water

Improving Water Starts with Conservation Techniques

Water Law Regulates Usage

Nebraska's Water Resources, Management Offer Global Learning Opportunity

Water Center Focuses on Water Quality, Sustainability

Water for Food Institute a Global Leader in Water, Food Research

IANR Progress in Science, Technology Moves U.S. Forward

Addressing the Need and Planning the Future of Science Research

Ag Science = Exciting Opportunities

Planning For the Future: A Look at the Evolving Scientific Workforce

Educating Future Science Communicators

Donor Funding Makes Projects Come to Life