BY may ann gallego

Using Plastic To Grow Food Is Changing The Weather

Fields of plastic help reduce weeds, keep vegetable seedlings warm, save water, and lengthen the growing season.

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However, research indicates that plastic mulch has other impacts, including ...

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changing the weather

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How does the plastic method change the weather?

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Shujing Qin and her colleagues at Wuhan University in China used a weather-prediction model to analyze drip irrigation and plastic mulch.

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In five growing seasons, using plastic mulch and irrigation raised local temperatures by almost 0.7°C and humidity nearly by 25%.

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Furthermore, irrigation alone reduced temperatures by 1.3°C while increasing humidity by more than one-third.

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They reported their results at the Frontiers in Hydrology conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, last month.

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Such changes may increase local rainfall and affect regional weather patterns like the monsoon cycle if implemented over a big enough area.

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Understanding unintended effects are vital, particularly in arid regions where irrigation and plastic mulch may worsen growth climate.

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