Crops & Food Supply

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Water Related Crises Hit Food, Clothes, Car Manufacturers

Water Related Crises Hit Food, Clothes, Car Manufacturers

An article at EnvironmentalLeader.com says that water issues caused by everything from drought to flooding have hit food and clothing manufacturers hard. “The Gap cut its profit forecast by 22 percent after the Texas drought killed much of the year’s cotton crop, Reuters said. Kraft, Sara Lee and Nestle have all announced plans to raise […]

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Thailand Inundated With Deadly Floodwaters

Thailand Inundated With Deadly Floodwaters

Thailand is experiencing crippling floods that have caused scores of deaths and damaging property and crops, as well as imposing significant business interruptions on Toyota, Daimler and Apple, and delaying the national school term. World food supply may be affected too, as Thailand is the world’s top rice exporter. Traders and analysts estimate about 2 […]

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Argentinian wine industry prepares for climate change

Argentinian wine industry prepares for climate change

An article by Marcela Valente in Argentina’s famed Mendoza wine country says that wine producers in the region are taking note of the effect of rising temperatures on grapes, based on a report produced by Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2009. According to the report, in the South American wine-producing region that stretches across both sides […]

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Multidisciplinary team led by Indiana University professor Elinor Ostrom to conduct research on impacts of climate change on water

Multidisciplinary team led by Indiana University professor Elinor Ostrom to conduct research on impacts of climate change on water

Elinor Ostrom, Distinguished Professor of political science at Indiana University (IU) Bloomington and the 2009 Nobel Prize Laureate in economic sciences, is the principal investigator in a three-year project to study the impact of climate change on water resources and the ability of governance systems to adapt to the resulting challenges. “Much of the world’s […]

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Starving Somalis flooding into refugee camps

Starving Somalis flooding into refugee camps

An article in the National Post details how thousands of Somalis are walking for weeks to reach a United Nations refugee camp at Dadaab in northeastern Kenya. Many of them arrive acutely malnourished and dehydrated, with nothing but the clothes on their backs resulting from two years of severe drought exacerbated by high local cereal […]

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When the Nile runs dry

When the Nile runs dry

Affluent countries like Saudi Arabia, South Korea, China and India are acquiring or leasing huge tracts of fertile plains across the African continent to produce wheat, rice and corn for consumption back home, in response to rising global food prices and reduced exportation of commodities. Some of these land acquisitions are enormous. South Korea, which […]

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Crop nutrition levels fall as carbon levels rise, study finds

Crop nutrition levels fall as carbon levels rise, study finds

An article by Julia Holman at ABC.net outlines how increasing carbon levels as a result of climate change are causing a decline in the nutritional value of food, with some staples even becoming toxic. Plants trap carbon dioxide and turn it into sugars for energy, becoming more efficient with increased carbon dioxide, the study says. […]

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Peak Coffee! How Can Adaptation to Climate Change Help?

Peak Coffee! How Can Adaptation to Climate Change Help?

For three years, abnormally wet conditions have caused massive flooding in Colombia’s flatlands and damage to coffee crops, causing production last year to fall to 9.5 million 60-kilogram bags from 12 million in 2007. Production is only part of the problem, as stockpiling can offset annual fluctuations in supply. Global coffee inventories have fallen to […]

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