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Rain! Storm Heads for Southern Plains, Won’t End Drought

Rain! Storm Heads for Southern Plains, Won’t End Drought

Drought-weary residents of the Southern Plains, do meteorologists ever have a welcome forecast for you: Rain. And potentially lots of it. A large, low-pressure system cut off from the jet stream has formed over the Southwest and looks to bring several inches of rain to the Southern Plains. It will slowly trundle across the region over the next… Read More

Climate Change Making Food Crops Less Nutritious

Climate Change Making Food Crops Less Nutritious

Rising carbon dioxide emissions are set to make the world's staple food crops less nutritious, according to new scientific research, worsening the serious ill health already suffered by billions of malnourished people. The surprise consequence of fossil fuel burning is linked directly to the rise in CO2 levels which, unlike some of the predicted … Read More

Wake Up and Smell the Soaring Cost of Coffee

Wake Up and Smell the Soaring Cost of Coffee

In recent days Arabica coffee beans – by far the most popular variety of coffee – have been fetching around $2 a pound (U.S.) on the world market. That’s nearly double the price of a year ago. Several factors seem to be driving the market upwards: in Central America, a significant production area, an outbreak of a disease called leaf rust – believ… Read More

Halving Meat, Dairy Intake Would Slash Farm Emissions

Halving Meat, Dairy Intake Would Slash Farm Emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture would be cut by 25-40 percent if Europeans cut their meat and dairy consumption by half, according to a U.N. report. Scientists from the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe say that as well as cutting air and water pollution, adopting a "demitarian diet" – cutting meat and dairy consumption in half – would… Read More

Rising CO2 Levels Threaten Entire Marine Food Chain

Rising CO2 Levels Threaten Entire Marine Food Chain

Escalating carbon dioxide emissions will cause fish to lose their fear of predators, potentially damaging the entire marine food chain, joint Australian and U.S. research has found. A study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, James Cook University and the Georgia Institute of Technology found the behavior of fish would be “seriously aff… Read More

Why California’s Drought Isn’t Going Anywhere

Why California’s Drought Isn’t Going Anywhere

Week after week, the drabs of good news have been as rare as the rain. And that won’t change anytime soon. California is in the midst of a crushing severe multi-year drought brought on by cumulative winters with a dearth of replenishing rains and snows and an ever-growing population. Climate patterns may be in the early stages of aligning to quench… Read More

World Bank: Climate Change Will ‘Lead to Battles for Food’

World Bank: Climate Change Will ‘Lead to Battles for Food’

Battles over water and food will erupt within the next five to 10 years as a result of climate change, the president of the World Bank said as he urged those campaigning against global warming to learn the lessons of how protesters and scientists joined forces in the battle against HIV. Jim Yong Kim said it was possible to cap the rise in global t… Read More

U.S. Corn Belt the Most Productive Region in the World?

U.S. Corn Belt the Most Productive Region in the World?

NASA researchers have used a new satellite technique to see where the most productive plant-growing regions in the world are. For a few months every year, it turns out the U.S. Corn Belt has the most prolific plant growth on the planet, beating out even the ever-green Amazon. The surprising discovery not only gives the Midwest a feather in its cap,… Read More