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Changes in Rainfall Threaten Food Production in the Global South

New U.N. report says climate change’s impacts on rainfall will have harsh economic consequences for regions such as South America and the Caribbean.

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 READ MORE


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Why Farmers Markets Are Critical to Food Security, the Environment and Public Health

By not using massive industrial farming and irrigation equipment, small farms better maintain the quality of our soil, air and water—which is more healthful all around.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE



The Climate Is Changing Too Quickly for Crops to Survive

New study shows grassland species can’t survive such rapid temperature increases. The grass family includes wheat, corn, rice and many other plants that underwrite human survival.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE



Sustainable Development Could Feed the World’s Growing Population and Protect the Environment

Global food production may need to rise by more than 100 percent to deal with the effects of climate change on crops in the most vulnerable regions.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE



China Is Buying Land in Africa and South America to Ensure Its Food Supply

With the effects of climate change threatening food supply as population grows, “China is positioning itself for the struggle to come—the struggle to find enough to eat,” says a leading U.K. climate scientist.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE



Irish Agriculture Faces Emissions Dilemma

Pledges by Ireland to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases could be undermined by government plans for a major expansion of the country’s agricultural sector.

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Nobel Scientists Ask Greenpeace to Abandon Campaign Against Genetically Modified Crops

More than 100 Nobel laureates—about a third of those living—signed a letter urging the environmental advocacy group to end its opposition to the cultivation of genetically modified food.

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 READ MORE



Farming’s Dirty Needs Have a Deadly Effect

Researchers say air pollution from the use of vital fertilizers means that fossil fuel emissions must be reduced if we are to feed the world’s growing population.

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE



Our Hungry World Need Not Fell Its Forests

The rapidly growing human population can feed itself without worsening climate change by destroying the planet’s forests, researchers say.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE



Genetically Modified Crops Can Thrive as the World Warms

Plants genetically modified to take advantage of hotter temperatures and increased carbon dioxide could cut fertilizer use and raise yields to alleviate global food shortages.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 READ MORE



Rising Heat Brings Earlier Vintage

Winemakers can expect good grape harvests much earlier now, thanks to climate change, but scientists say the effect may not last.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 READ MORE



Now, Even Soil Is Accelerating Climate Change

Greenhouse gases from cattle, fertilizers, manure and agriculture mean that human activities have turned the land and soil into part of the global warming machine.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 READ MORE



Lower Fruit and Vegetable Yields Would Threaten Millions of People

As many governments seek to promote healthy diets, scientists warn that climate-related reductions in fruit and vegetable production could have deadly consequences.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Rock Legend Neil Young Takes His Anti-Monsanto Message on the Road

By Reynard Loki / AlterNet

In his latest album, “The Monsanto Years,” the longtime champion of farmers’ rights offers a sharp criticism of the agrochemical giant.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Weather Extremes Slash Cereal Yields

Increasing intensity of heat and drought as a result of global warming may have caused a reduction in worldwide cereal harvests by up to a 10th since the mid-1960s.

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 READ MORE



Improving Soils Cuts Carbon and Grows More Food

One straightforward way to combat both climate change and mass hunger is to replace carbon lost from the soil.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE



A Scorching Earth Threatens U.S. Agriculture

The effects of climate change mean the topsoil that gives the U.S. its agricultural strength is now in jeopardy of being blown away.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



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 WATCH & LISTEN



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


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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


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Posted on Apr 7, 2015 ENLARGE



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


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