Climate Change

Agriculture and Climate Change, Revisited (Justin Gillis, NY Times, January 19, 2012)

The Wheel of Life: Food, Climate, Human Rights, and the Economy (Debbie Barker, Center for Food Safety, September, 2011). An excellent report.

Food and Climate Change: The Forgotten Link (GRAIN, September 28,  2011)

Progress towards developing plants that accommodate climate change (Alexandre Fournier-Level, Brown University, October 11, 2011)

A Climate Hazard, Medium Rare, Please (Joanna, Foster, NY Times Green Blog, July 18, 2011. A new study calculates the greenhouse gas emissions related to various food choices. The study, “A Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change and Health,” highlights the effects of the nation’s meat addiction and offers a suite of user-friendly online tools to help consumers understand the many-faceted repercussions of their food choices.

3 Pillars of a Food Revolution (Anna Lappé, Yes! Magazine Aug 19, 2010).  As marketers learn to fake climate-friendly food, how do we spot the real thing? Anna Lappé says it’s a question of values.

When The Water Ends: Africa’s Climate Conflicts (Documentary film, 16 minutes, Yale Environment 360, 2011
For thousands of years, nomadic herdsmen have roamed the harsh, semi-arid lowlands that stretch across 80 percent of Kenya and 60 percent of Ethiopia. Descendants of the oldest tribal societies in the world, they survive thanks to the animals they raise and the crops they grow, their travels determined by the search for water and grazing lands. These herdsmen have long been accustomed to adapting to a changing environment. But in recent years, they have faced challenges unlike any in living memory: As temperatures in the region have risen and water supplies have dwindled, the pastoralists have had to range more widely in search of suitable water and land. That search has brought tribal groups in Ethiopia and Kenya in increasing conflict, as pastoral communities kill each other over water and grass.

Position Statement on Climate Change (The American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America, May 11, 2011). Includes recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as increasing genetic diversity in the landscape, develop and evaluate locally-based adaptive management and mitigation strategies to enhance the resilience of cropping and rangeland/pasture production systems, actively conserve genetic resources to safeguard these assets for use in the future development of improved varieties, reduce tillage, incorporating perennial crops into crop rotations, and more.

NOAA Makes It Official: 2011 Among Most Extreme Weather Years in History (Lauren Morello and ClimateWire, Scientific American,  June 17, 2011) Near the halfway point, 2011 has already seen eight weather-related disasters in the U.S. that caused more than $1 billion in damages.

A Climate-Friendly Farm Bill: Climate-friendly agriculture isn’t just about cutting carbon emissions. (Julia Olmstead, Other Words, 2011)

CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE SHACKS (Bandile Mdlalose, Secretary General, Landless People’s Movement South Africa, Global Advocates for Justice, July 23, 2011)

A  study published in July, 2010, found that 1/3 of all counties in the lower 48 states will likely face water shortages by 2050.   The study, commissioned by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) assessed future water availability in the face of a changing climate.   The study found that climate change is likely to exacerbate existing pressures on water resources caused by population and economic growth.   Examining the impact of global warming on water supply and demand, they found that 1,100 counties will face higher risks of water shortages.  More than 400 will face very high risks of water shortages. In Washington State, most of the counties in the southeastern portion of the state face extreme or high risks, the two extreme being Spokane and Adams counties. (Courtesy of the Institute for Washington’s Future).

Leveraging Farm Bill Conservation Programs To Combat Climate Change (National Wildlife Federation)

Carbon Sequestration (USDA Forest Service)

Scialabba, Nadia El-Hage,  and Maria Mu¨ller-Lindenlauf.   “Organic agriculture and climate change,” Natural Resources Management and Environment Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy.  *Corresponding author: nadia.scialabba@fao.org

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