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Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop To Drink

August 7, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Water Crisis

The title of this article is, of course, a line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's piece, Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The familiar phrase is also part of the title of Ken MidKiff’s 2007 book, Not a Drop to Drink: America's Water Crisis (and What You Can Do).[read more]

Final Farm Bill Must Save Farmland, Farm Communities, Environment

November 1, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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Recently the House and Senate launched formal negotiations on the fate of the nation’s food and farm policy, and the policies at stake impact every American in every corner of the country, not just farmers but consumers, taxpayers and conservationists as well.[read more]

Africa Aims to Combat Climate Change By Greening the Desert

April 18, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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The "Green Wall"

In Africa, climate change is exacerbating the desertification of the continent. The Sahara Desert, which covers the majority of northern Africa, is spreading southward at a rate of 30 miles per year.[read more]

Need for Water Planning as Western US Faces 3rd Year of Drought

March 21, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

US drought

Seasonal water supply projections indicate worsening drought conditions across the western half of the US. Farmers and ranchers need to have drought management plans in place.[read more]

Food Production and Energy Usage, Efficiency

February 27, 2013 by Antonio Pasolini

Together with the food we waste, we throw away the energy and the water that goes into the process of producing food.[read more]

USDA on Climate Change: Adaptation for Agriculture, Forests

February 21, 2013 by Tom Schueneman
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released “two comprehensive reports that synthesize the scientific literature on climate change effects and adaptation strategies for U.S. agriculture and forests.”[read more]

Feeding 10 Billion in 2050′s Sauna (Part III)

December 23, 2011 by Barry Brook
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What future for agriculture on a hotter planet? Guest Post by Geoff Russell. Geoff is a mathematician and computer programmer and is a member of Animal Liberation SA. His recently published book is CSIRO Perfidy. His previous article on BNC was: Feeding the billions on a hotter planet (Part II) —————— Welcome to...[read more]

Saving Chocolate from Global Warming

October 17, 2011 by Kat Friedrich

I wrote this post in honor of chocolate. The chocolate harvest is now endangered by global warming. I’d like to see a chocolate bar replace a polar bear as the symbol of global warming’s devastation. One cost of global warming is emotional safety. People equate chocolate with reassurance, romance, affection and many other...[read more]

Taking Care of Topsoil

June 7, 2011 by Robert Rapier
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Following my inclusion in the Top 10 list of ethanol enemies, I sought to Set the Ethanol Record Straight on my actual views on ethanol. I set out three broad tenets that shape my views. They are: Tenet One: We must transition from fossil fuels with a sense of urgency. Tenet Two: We need to develop systems and services with a much lower...[read more]

How CO2 Fertilization Threatens Koalas, And Agriculture

April 26, 2011 by Michael Tobis

Regarding encouraging plant growth, that is a direct CO2 effect. Interestingly, I just learned that it is killing koalas. You see, CO2 fertilized plants put more of their energy into structure. Eucalyptus leaves become harder for present day koalas to digest because they are more fibrous.The person I heard this from (a world renowned...[read more]

Startup gets $42m to predict extreme weather for farmers

March 2, 2011 by Todd Woody

In The New York Times on Monday, I write about WeatherBill, a San Francisco startup that announced a $42 million round of financing from Google Ventures and Khosla Ventures: Google Ventures and Khosla Ventures have led a $42 million financing round in WeatherBill, a San Francisco start-up that insures farmers against extreme weather...[read more]

EPA Delays Decision On E15 Until Fall

June 18, 2010 by Mike Gregory
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The Associated Press is reporting that the Environmental Protection Agency says it will wait until this fall to decide whether car engines can handle higher concentrations of ethanol in gasoline. The agency had been expected to decide by this month whether to increase the maximum blend from 10 to 15 percent. The EPA said Thursday that...[read more]

Setting the Ethanol Record Straight

June 17, 2010 by Robert Rapier

Based on my Site Meter, it appears that a lot of new readers are stopping by because of my recent inclusion in the Top 10 list of ethanol enemies. Because the article presents a highly inaccurate view of my position, I issued a quick and concise rebuttal to the baseless claims. But perhaps this is a good time to review my paradigm,...[read more]

Five Challenges of Next-Generation Biofuels

June 7, 2010 by Robert Rapier
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has just issued a report detailing the outlook and challenges of next generation biofuels. I provided some input during the drafting of the report, which hopefully was of some use. Here I select five pessimistic projections from the report. In the next essay I will select five optimistic...[read more]

Green VS. Green, Part 1

May 27, 2010 by Breakthrough Institute
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By Breakthrough Senior Fellow Siddartha Shome Denmark Dispute Greens tout Denmark as a renewable mecca, but Sweden -- powered largely by hydro and nuclear -- has a far less carbon intense energy mix. Here's a pop quiz. A, B, C, and D are four rich industrialized countries in Western Europe with similar living standards. Country A's...[read more]