“Why insect populations are plummeting—and why it matters”

“ROCKY MOUNTAIN LOCUSTS once gathered in such large numbers that they blotted out the sun over the Great Plains, rivaling the famous bison herds in size and appetite. In the summer of 1875, for example, a swarm of… Read More

“You May Be Surprised To Learn Which 2 Countries Are Making The Globe A Lot Greener”

“The world is getting greener. That’s according to Chi Chen, a doctoral student in the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University. Chen has been mining data collected by an orbiting NASA camera that monitors green vegetation… Read More

“California’s ‘dry farmers’ grow crops without irrigation”

“Jim Leap fondly recalls the first Early Girl tomatoes he grew at UC Santa Cruz’s farm in 1990. Sweet and bursting with flavor, they were raised without a single drop of irrigated water. Nearly three decades later, he… Read More

“Hershey wants to make sure climate change doesn’t destroy its chocolate supplies”

“Chocolate–along with coffee, beer, wine, avocados, and a long list of other delicious things that that people love–faces risks from climate change. For chocolate manufacturers, like Hershey, that means racing to cut emissions and working to help cocoa… Read More

“New ‘planetary health diet’ can save lives and the planet, major review suggests”

“An international team of scientists has developed a diet it says can improve health while ensuring sustainable food production to reduce further damage to the planet. The “planetary health diet” is based on cutting red meat and sugar… Read More

“Palm oil is destroying rainforests. But try going a day without it.”

“I crawled from my bed in the dark. In the bathroom, I washed my hands, brushed my teeth, and slathered some moisturizer on my face. Before the waking sun had painted the mountains out my window a pale… Read More

“Purdue Study: Sustainable Palm Oil Doesn’t Make the Grade”

“From food and biofuels to cosmetics and detergents, palm oil is found in countless products these days. Demand for the oil has surged in the last decade – global usage went from 37 million metric tons in 2006… Read More

“Farmers know climate change is real — can they fight it?”

“Craig Dunnum didn’t read the recently released National Climate Assessment (NCA), which predicts the nation’s farm commodity contribution to the economy — $136.7 billion in 2016, already low due to falling prices — will be increasingly vulnerable to… Read More

“As climate change bites in America’s midwest, farmers are desperate to ring the alarm”

“Richard Oswald did not need the latest US government report on the creeping toll of climate change to tell him that farming in the midwest is facing a grim future, and very likely changing forever.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/12/as-climate-change-bites-in-americas-midwest-farmers-are-desperate-to-ring-the-alarm

“Earth’s population is skyrocketing. How do you feed 10 billion people sustainably?”

“The human population has reached 7.6 billion and could number 9 billion or 10 billion by midcentury. All those people will need to eat. A sobering report published Wednesday in the journal Nature argues that a sustainable food… Read More