Crops & Food Supply

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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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New SSHRC report: The Security of Canada and Canadians – Implication of Climate Change

New SSHRC report: The Security of Canada and Canadians – Implication of Climate Change

A series of workshops for a The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Knowledge Synthesis project on Climate Security has resulted in a significant report entitled: The Security of Canada and Canadians – Implications of Climate Change, which is available online. Dr. Gordon McBean, ACT Extreme Weather policy author, was Principal Investigator and Author […]

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Flooding Takes Economic Toll, and It’s Hardly Done

Flooding Takes Economic Toll, and It’s Hardly Done

An article by Christine Hauser from the NY Times details the devastation to US food crops and economy currently being caused by the swollen Mississippi River. The flooding has dealt the United States south a heavy economic blow that is seeping into every possible corner of the region’s commercial and agricultural life. Between 2.1 million […]

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Study predicts major increase in Mexican migrants to the US due to climate change

Study predicts major increase in Mexican migrants to the US due to climate change

Princeton University has released a report – Climate change ‘will increase Mexico-US migration‘ –that draws a clear connection between climate change and immigration, according to BBC News. The report suggests that a warming climate could see millions of Mexicans migrate to the US as rising temperatures cause a drop in crop yields, referencing a study […]

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Deborah Harford to moderate PICS’ Annual Forum 2011: Resilient Communities: Preparing for the Climate Challenge

Deborah Harford to moderate PICS’ Annual Forum 2011: Resilient Communities: Preparing for the Climate Challenge

ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford will serve as moderator for the upcoming forum, Resilient Communities: Preparing for the Climate Challenge, the theme of this year’s annual event produced by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). The Resilient Communities forum will bring together experts, practitioners and decision-makers from BC, Canada, the UK and Australia. Participants […]

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Agriculture the new investment frontier?

Agriculture the new investment frontier?

An article in Reuters by Naveen Thukral suggests farm land and production facilities might be the next trend in private capital investment. Inflows of private capital in agriculture worldwide are expected to more than double to around $5 billion to $7 billion in two years as rising food prices spur investments in farm land and […]

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ACT raises a glass to adaptation planning at the UK’s National Association of Cider Makers (NACM)

Specific industry associations are prioritizing adaptation to climate change for the long-term viability of their membership. The National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) recently carried out a study on the implications of unavoidable climate change for the UK cider industry. The report was produced by the industry for the industry, working on a low budget […]

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Soil Loss in Iowa Being Driven by Storms

Soil Loss in Iowa Being Driven by Storms

A new Environmental Working Group report produced with Iowa’s help reveals that soil loss in the agriculture-focused state is much worse than thought, says an article in the Huffington Post. In some regions, soil loss was found to be 12 times greater than the stated average, as storms stripped up to 64 tons of soil […]

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