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Climate-Smart Villages Boost Nepali Farmers’ Harvests

Nepali farmers are finding that environmentally friendly cultivation methods increase yields—and also help them adapt to rising temperatures and increasingly erratic rainfall.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

In the Public Interest: Monsanto and Its Promoters vs. Freedom of Information

As the Freedom of Information Act approaches its 50th year, it faces a disturbing backlash from scientists tied to the agrichemical company Monsanto and its allies.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

Elephant Grass Could Offer Viable Alternative to Coal

By adapting a tropical grass to grow in the British climate, scientists hope to be able to replace coal in power stations with biofuel.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

Forest Loss and Land Degradation Fuel Climate Crisis

U.N. studies show that the combined effects of degraded farmland and the felling and burning of trees are costing the planet trillions of dollars in ecosystem losses.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE

Developing Countries Set an Example on Emissions Cuts

Ethiopia and Morocco have submitted greenhouse gas reduction pledges that are far more ambitious than those of China and Canada.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

World Must Avert Devastating Flood of Climate Refugees

A senior British politician says we face a humanitarian crisis on an immense scale if millions of people have to flee the impacts of global warming.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Models May Misjudge Soils’ Carbon Emissions

How soil organisms cope with decaying vegetation is much less certain than climate models suppose, researchers say, and carbon emission estimates may be wrong.

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 READ MORE

Drought Becoming the ‘New Normal’ for Californians

Human impacts on global warming and water resources are threatening to turn the landscape of the U.S. West into a dust bowl.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE

Extreme Weather Puts Africa’s Food Security at Risk

A British government scientific panel says increasingly frequent heat waves, droughts and other extreme weather threaten more—and more severe—global food crises.

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 READ MORE

Added Gene Can Make Rice More Climate-Friendly

Scientists discover a way to boost production of the grain that billions rely on for food—and reduce its damaging emissions of methane.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE

A Haven From the Animal Holocaust

Farm Sanctuary makes you ask: Do you want to abet brutal abuse and mass slaughter? Do you want to eat creatures that clearly have distinct personalities and emotions?

Posted on Aug 2, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Watch the ‘Yes Men’s’ Comical Solution to the California Drought

The activists’ spoof campaign encourages hipsters to forgo showers if they eat beef. Find out if they managed to fool anyone.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

How Whole Foods Exploits Prison Labor

It has been revealed that in addition to allegedly overcharging and mislabeling its products, the company is using prison labor at a base pay of just 60 cents per day.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change as Grave a Threat as Nuclear War

An international scientific report commissioned by the U.K. government says the risks of climate change are comparable to those posed by nuclear conflict.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

Warming Planet Heightens Plight of the Bumblebee

Scientists warn that human intervention may be needed to protect bees as climate change overheats the southern portions of their habitat range.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

Stress on Water Resources Threatens Lives and Livelihoods

Satellite data raise red flags about the draining of underground aquifers in California and elsewhere to meet the demands of expanding populations.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

India Blames Heat-Wave Deaths on Climate Change

Fierce temperatures in India doubled the heat-related deaths normally recorded in May—and the government insists natural causes are not to blame.

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change Offers Rare Respite for African Farmers

Under the influence of greenhouse gases, changes in air temperature and wind patterns are increasing rainfall and crop yields in the drought-prone Sahel region.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE

Why Organic Farmers Are Angry With Whole Foods

The chain’s latest move is another strike against its holier-than-thou image.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE

Tree-Based Farming Could Deliver Abundant Benefits

In addition to mitigating the effects of climate change, forests can help alleviate hunger and provide a safety net for some of the world’s poorest people.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE

Bird Flu

Posted on May 2, 2015 READ MORE

Well Drilling Has Deep Impact on Health of Great Plains

Vegetation loss on North America’s vast rangelands resulting from a huge increase in oil and gas well activity evokes memories of the 1930s Dust Bowl disaster.

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 READ MORE

Washington State Hit With Brutal Drought

Authorities in the state that produces nearly 70 percent of U.S. apples for fresh consumption and loads of other foodstuffs have declared “drought emergencies” in 24 of its 62 watersheds—or 44 percent of the state’s area.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE

Choosing Life

As long as we exploit animals and kill them for food, we will exploit and kill each other. The willful numbness of our life as carnivores feeds our lack of empathy for the poor, our lust for war and ecocide.

Posted on Apr 19, 2015 READ MORE

Investors Chip In as Renewables Rise Toward Record Level

Global energy has gotten a climate-friendly boost as scientists say solar power alone could now meet the needs of California five times over.

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE

Forests Can Soak Up a Third of Carbon Emissions

A report commissioned by Prince Charles’ charity says protecting tropical forests could enable the absorption of billions of metric tons of carbon emissions.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE

‘Water Man of India’ Makes Rivers Flow Again

Revival of traditional rainwater harvesting has transformed the driest state in India and could be used to combat the effects of climate change across the world.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE

California Agriculture Water Hog

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE

Why California’s New Mandatory Water Restrictions Aren’t Enough

Gov. Jerry Brown has announced a historic executive order to reduce the state’s water usage by 25 percent—but one expert has doubts about its potential for real impact without stricter measures for agriculture.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE

Changing Climate Causes Weather Chaos in Chile

What is being described as an environmental catastrophe is hitting Chile as torrential rains batter the north while the south suffers prolonged drought and wildfires.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE

China Ramps Up Rhetoric on Climate Change

A senior Chinese official warns that climate-related temperature rises could seriously affect the country’s harvests and major infrastructure projects.

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE

Eyes in the Sky See Seas Rising Alarmingly Faster

Scientists analysing sophisticated satellite data warn that rises in sea level more rapid than expected are increasing threats to coastal cities and food security.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE

Why Mexico’s Farmworkers Who Harvest Our Food Are on Strike

The farmworkers who pick the produce that American consumers take for granted endure brutal conditions and impoverishment. They don’t want to take it anymore.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE

Fertilizers Help Toxic Algae Thrive in Warming World

Scientists warn that excessive use of fertilizers, combined with warmer water in lakes, threatens to poison drinking water supplies.

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 READ MORE

Heat Is On to Slow Expected Faster Rise in Temperatures

New research warns that emissions will make drought conditions even more extreme as our climate moves into a period of rapid change.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE

Serious Doubts Over Europe’s Greenhouse-Gas Reduction Target

Europe has made substantial progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, but its long-term reduction aims look unachievable, says a new report.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change a Probable Factor in Syria’s Conflict

Researchers say climate change probably caused the drought that affected Syria nearly a decade ago—and helped spark the country’s current civil war.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE

Big Cities Head for Water Crisis as Populations Explode

With more than half the world’s population now in cities, scientists warn that inadequate surface water supplies will leave many at increasing risk of drought.

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change Affects European Farmers’ Yields

Scientists says changes in temperature and snow or rainfall are key factors in the stagnation of wheat and barley yields across Europe since the early 1990s.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE

Arid Areas of the U.S. Face Prospect of ‘Megadroughts’

Scientists are predicting extended droughts in the U.S. worse than those believed to have played a part in ending the once-flourishing Pueblo culture in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 READ MORE

Power Brokers’ Chains Hold Back Forest Protections

U.K. think tank says inaction by the “Forest 500” means global efforts to end deforestation by 2030 are not keeping pace with the rate of destruction.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE

Cannabis Growers Blamed for Leaving California High and Dry

As California endures its worst drought since records began, illegal marijuana plantations are being accused of further depleting precious water resources.

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Cranks Up Extinction Threat to Borneo Mammals

Endangered species in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots face even greater peril as climate change adds to loss of habitat caused by deforestation.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 READ MORE

California Rains Bring Little Relief From Devastating Drought

Unless substantial rain falls soon, California’s worst drought on record threatens dire consequences for the state’s massive agricultural industry.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE

The World We are Shaping Is Feeling the Strain

The world risks being destabilised by human activity, scientists report, most of it the work of a wealthy minority of us.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE

Aid Is Aimed at Rice Farmers in a Warming World

International team provides help to small-scale farmers on the eastern Ganges plains who are struggling to make a living and grow enough rice to feed the population.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change Increasing Stresses on Fragile States

Briefing for U.K. aid workers says climate-related factors are making the world increasingly unstable and adding to the hardships of the poorest people.

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 READ MORE

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What the U.S. Can Learn From Cuba’s Food Revolution

Long before President Obama’s historic opening, American and Cuban foodies have been exchanging cutting edge ideas in agriculture and health.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE

Climate’s Impact on Agriculture Could Lead to Calamity

Widespread hunger and poverty are predicted unless strategies are developed to cope with the drop in crop yields climate change will cause.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE

Disaster Looms If Loss of Amazon Rainforest Continues

A Brazilian climate expert proposes a five-point “battle plan” in a war against the deforestation of the Amazon that is having increasingly dire impacts on the regional and global climate.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE

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