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Bronze Age Lost Its Cutting Edge Before Climate Crisis

Archaeologists claim to have unearthed evidence in Ireland that it was the rising power of iron, not climate change, that brought about the collapse of many ancient civilizations.

Posted on Nov 23, 2014 READ MORE



Green Revolution Trebles Human Burden on Planet

American researchers say seasonal swings in temperatures and CO2 levels are evidence of how agricultural advances and the population explosion have tilted nature’s balance.

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Diet’s Effects on Emissions Give Food for Thought

American researchers confirm that a shift to vegetarian, Mediterranean or fish-based diets would cut greenhouse gases, conserve forests and savannah, and have a big impact on obesity-linked health problems.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 READ MORE



Salt’s Poisonous Effect Is a Growing Threat to Crops

Each week the world loses an area of land the size of Manhattan to salt degradation thanks to poor soil management, bad drainage and other problems.

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE



Leading Indian Journalist P. Sanaith Says India Follows the U.S. Model at Its Peril

A decorated Indian journalist is warning his country about accepting some American ways, from the economy to elections to the media.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Renews Famine Risk to Africa’s Sahel

With population increasing and food demand far outstripping supply, the Sahel is vulnerable to a new humanitarian crisis—and researchers warn that rising temperatures will make matters only worse.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE



Wind Turbines May Lure Bats Into Fatal Errors

Hi-tech thermal surveillance techniques have enabled U.S. researchers to home in on the likelihood that mistaking wind turbines for trees may be the cause of many bat deaths.

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California Burning Points to More Intense Wildfires

As the forest fires season peaks in the Western U.S., a new report predicts that climate-led temperature rise will lead to millions more acres across the world being burned to the ground.

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Croplands Changed by Climate’s Ups and Downs

New research shows that the complex balance of gains and losses caused by climate change could mean more land being available for agriculture—but fewer harvests.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



U.N. Population Growth Data Is Bad News for Climate

A sophisticated new analysis indicates an 80 percent probability that the planet’s population will continue to rise this century, with serious implications for food security, political stability—and climate change.

Posted on Sep 20, 2014 READ MORE



Study: Turmoil in the Middle East Threatens Global Food Security

A new study shows that continued conflict in the Middle East poses extreme risks to the world’s essential food supplies. This indirect consequence of ongoing turmoil has the potential to cause mass starvation in the future.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE



Drought Bites as Amazon’s ‘Flying Rivers’ Dry Up

Scientists in Brazil believe the loss of billions of liters of water released as vapor clouds by Amazon rainforest trees is the result of continuing deforestation and climate change—leading to devastating drought.

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 READ MORE



Illegal Deforestation Is Growing Problem for Climate

Foreign demand for agricultural products worth an estimated $61 billion annually is driving up the devastating rate at which tropical forests are being cleared illegally—and pushing up carbon emissions.

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Food Security Faces Growing Pest Advance

Warmer temperatures and globalization are helping many pests that attack some of the world’s staple foods to extend their range with possibly devastating impacts, scientists say.

Posted on Aug 31, 2014 READ MORE



Climate and Economy Fan Flames in Spain

The combined forces of climate, economic and social change are leaving Spain increasingly exposed to the damaging and costly effects of wildfires.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change Heralds End of Civilizations

New research supports the growing body of evidence that many past civilizations have collapsed because of climate change. So is history repeating itself?

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE



New Rules Could Block Biofuel’s Alien Invaders

Producing biofuel from plants can help to reduce fossil fuel use and climate change emissions, but scientists warn of risks that some species may become unwelcome and damaging invaders.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE



As a Man-Made Famine Looms, Christmas Comes Early to South Sudan

Close your eyes and you could be at a stateside summer barbeque or an office holiday party. Even with them open, the local realities of dirt roads and dirty water, civil war, mass graves, and nightly shoot-to-kill curfews seem foreign. These walls, it turns out, are even higher than they look.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE



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From Farmworker to Olympian to Activist: A Boxer Fights for His Community

Jose Ramirez could have walked away from Avenal, Calif., where the jobs are drying up like the ground, but he’s determined to save his community.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



Warming Threatens to Cut Crop Yields

The odds on food production being unable to meet the needs of an expanding population are hard to predict, but a new study shows that the risk increases dramatically when man-made climate change is factored in.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE



Rising Heat Hits Indian Wheat Crop

Satellite imaging highlights the growing need to change agricultural practices in South Asia as higher average temperatures cause the reduction of crop yields on the Indo-Gangetic plain.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



Win-Win Way to Aid Food Security and Climate

Scientists in the U.S. believe they have identified a way to feed billions more people, while reducing the strains and stresses on the environment.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 READ MORE



Europe Faces Deadly Cost for Climate Inaction

A study by the European Commission spells out the probable cost to the continent of failing to act to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE



Gene Machinery Helps Plants Handle CO2 Rise

The discovery by U.S. biologists of how plants respond to increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere could provide agricultural scientists with new tools to engineer crops that can deal with droughts and high temperatures.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE



South Asia Slow to Act on Water Threats

A study of the five countries sharing and relying on the Indian subcontinent’s great rivers shows that Bangladesh is the only one that is taking climate change seriously.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Puts U.S. at Risk of Multibillion Dollar Bill

U.S. government and business are warned that climate change could cost the economy billions of dollars because of the increasing risk of property damage, reduced harvests and workers incapacitated by extreme heat.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Corn’s Gravy Train Faces Derailment

Corn produced annually in the U.S. is estimated to be enough to fill a freight train stretching around the world, but climate change and unsustainable use of water resources and fertilizers threaten the industry.

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 READ MORE



Rain Forest Tribes Seek World Cup Spotlight

Leaders of indigenous tribes in the Amazon rain forest seek to use the global spotlight on the soccer World Cup in Brazil to publicize the plea for recognition of their lands and an end to dam building and deforestation.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



Brazil’s Winning Lead on Carbon Cuts

Winning the soccer World Cup may be Brazil’s current target, but new research indicates that it is also a world champion of CO2 emissions cuts by drastically reducing the amount of rain forest being felled.

Posted on Jun 14, 2014 READ MORE



Help Needed Now for Climate Refugees

A United Nations University report urges governments worldwide to draw up plans urgently to avoid conflict and insecurity by helping populations that are being forced to move because of climate change.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



Europe Faces Cereals Crop Crash

Europe’s wheat and barley yields could be heading for a 20 percent drop as a result of temperature rise and an increase in extreme weather.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE



Drought Fuels World Cup Blackout Fears

Matches in the football World Cup, which kicks off in Brazil in two weeks, could be hit as the country’s worst drought in decades is severely reducing hydropower energy supplies.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Worries Insurers and Military

Powerful voices in finance and the armed forces are warning of risks of increasingly extreme weather events causing billions of dollars of damage and potentially igniting humanitarian disasters and regional conflicts.

Posted on May 16, 2014 READ MORE



Droughts May Slash U.S. Maize Gains

Scientists warn that high yields in America’s Corn Belt states could drop by up to 30 percent as crops become increasingly sensitive to droughts and hot, dry air in a warming climate.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



Brazil Beef Tax Could Spare Forests

Scientists have come up with a prescription of taxes and incentives to address the Amazon rainforest’s health problems and cut greenhouse gases by encouraging Brazil’s cattle farmers to make more efficient use of pasture land.

Posted on May 11, 2014 READ MORE



Coffee Is on a High

There’s concern in the international markets over what’s happening to coffee production, under attack by drought, disease and rising temperatures.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE



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You Can No Longer Eat American Apples in Europe. Here’s Why

Apparently an apple a day will not keep the doctor away in the U.S.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE


Rise of the Milkbots

At a farm near Albany, N.Y., robots milk the cows.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE



Drought Adds to Syria’s Misery

The hunger-ravaged people of Syria have a long period of drought to blame for their ordeal. And that, experts think, is a result of the changing regional climate.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



Science Finds New Routes to Energy

Scientists in the U.S. have found new ways to make biofuel, increase crop yields and exploit carbon dioxide through novel applications of familiar materials.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE


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California Goes Nuts for Water

Farmers in California are being badly affected by the record drought now ravaging the state, and the lucrative nut industry is in serious trouble.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE


World in the Grip of Big Agri-Food

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An Apple a Day

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Radical U.N. Report Promotes Democratic Control of Food and an End to Corporate Domination

A new report submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the “Right to Food” took aim at the entire basis on which food is produced and distributed on a global scale.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE



Private Equity Eyeing Half of U.S. Farmland

“An estimated 400 million acres of farmland in the United States will likely change hands over the coming two decades as older farmers retire,” with the financial industry seeing an opportunity to profit from rising food prices and biofuels, the Inter Press Service reports.

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change Is Destroying California, Obama Promises to Help

Look at a satellite photo of the continental United States these past couple of months and you’ll quickly notice that the country has an identity crisis.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE


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Congress Converges on $800 Million Cuts to Annual Food Stamp Funding

Warring factions in the House and Senate have reached an agreement about how much money to funnel into the federal food stamp program, and the news isn’t good for Americans relying on government assistance to stay fed.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE


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