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Climate Change Threatens Southern Africa’s Vital Crops

Climate Change Threatens Southern Africa’s Vital Crops

The study, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and with contributions from scientists in countries across the southern Africa region, uses available data and a variety of models to examine likely agricultural developments, particularly related to crops, in the period to 2050. Agriculture is the primary source of … Read More

Parts of Europe Heating Faster than Global Average

Parts of Europe Heating Faster than Global Average

Temperatures in some parts of Europe have already increased by more than 2C in the last 60 years with changes in local climate allowing new crops to be grown. An example is the new wine growing area in southern England, which this year is celebrating its best ever grape harvest. Hundreds of acres of new vineyards are being planted to take advantag… Read More

Colorado’s ‘Biblical’ Flood in Line with Climate Trends

Colorado’s ‘Biblical’ Flood in Line with Climate Trends

It will take climate scientists many months to complete studies into whether manmade global warming made the Boulder flood more likely to occur, but the amount by which this event has exceeded past events suggests that manmade warming may have played some role by making the event worse than it would have otherwise been.… Read More

Western Wind Power May Soon Compete With Natural Gas

Western Wind Power May Soon Compete With Natural Gas

Except for Colorado renewable power, wind and solar generated in most Western states will be cost-competitive with natural gas-generated electricity by 2025 as renewable portfolio standards are met. … Read More

Study: Panda Poo May Be Coup for Future of Biofuels

Study: Panda Poo May Be Coup for Future of Biofuels

In panda poo could be the future of biofuel. That’s the conclusion of research presented Tuesday at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Indianapolis suggesting that bacteria in panda feces could help make biofuel production more efficient.… Read More

Microgrids in NYC & Conn.—A New Kind of Power Struggle

Microgrids in NYC & Conn.—A New Kind of Power Struggle

With the ravages and power outages of hurricanes Irene and Sandy seared in recent memory, soon, a public school, a small private grocery store and a gas station in Hartford, Conn., will be linked by a microgrid designed to keep the electricity flowing in those buildings when the next major storm hits. Hartford city officials consider the school, … Read More

Microgrids: Sandy Forced Cities to Rethink Power Supply

Microgrids: Sandy Forced Cities to Rethink Power Supply

Hurricane Sandy and the havoc it wreaked on New York City and the rest of the Northeast in 2012 could prove to be a turning point in how people think about the way electricity is produced and distributed in storm-prone areas.… Read More

With Climate Change, Brazil Faces Drop in Crops

With Climate Change, Brazil Faces Drop in Crops

Higher temperatures, drastic changes in rainfall, lower productivity, more blight and disease − these are just some of the expected consequences of climate change in Brazil if the projections of 345 scientists who make up the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change (PBMC) prove true. They predict that if present trends in greenhouse gas emissions contin… Read More