Tag: "crops"

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Deborah Harford quoted in Globe And Mail special feature

Deborah Harford quoted in Globe And Mail special feature

A special information feature in the Tuesday, June 21, 2011 Globe And Mail includes an article featuring ACT and Deborah Harford speaking on the issues of adaptation to climate change and the economy.  (PDF) See page CFA 1 Persistent warming putting heat on adaptation strategy development On the basis of widespread evidence of accelerating climate […]

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Drought: A Creeping Disaster

Drought: A Creeping Disaster

In the American south, 14 states are baking in blast-furnace conditions — from Arizona, which is battling the largest wildfire in its history, to Florida, where fires have burned some 200,000 acres so far. Climatologists call drought a creeping disaster because its effects are not felt at once; however, there is little disagreement about the […]

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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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The steadily increasing cost of doing nothing, by Deborah Harford

The steadily increasing cost of doing nothing, by Deborah Harford

By Deborah Harford As published in the June 15, 2011 Embassy feature: Climate Security: Preparing for a future of increasing uncertainty on page 19. When we talk about security we mean a number of things, key among these being physical safety and economic stability. Both forms of security depend on systems that protect and support […]

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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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Back to the roots: will the food revolution gain more attention with a new US administration?

Back to the roots: will the food revolution gain more attention with a new US administration?

A change in the United States administration is providing hope for US food activists lobbying in support of organic and locally-grown food. The case for organically and locally grown food has fallen upon deaf ears in previous years on Capitol Hill. But watching First Lady Michelle Obama tearing up strips of the White House lawn […]

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Global Search for Climate-Resistant Crops Begins

A global search has begun for food crops with traits that are able to withstand changes to the climate.The project, co-ordinated by the Global Crop Diversity Trust, is searching national seed banks for “climate proof” varieties, including maize and rice. The team will screen seeds for natural resistance to extreme events, such as floods, droughts […]

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