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Farming without a net

Farmers have always labored at the mercy of the elements, but climate change has brought overlapping calamities of wildfires, drought, prolonged heat waves and power outages.

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20 meat and dairy firms emit more greenhouse gas than Germany, Britain or France

Twenty livestock companies are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than either Germany, Britain or France – and are receiving billions of dollars in financial backing to do so, according to a new report by environmental campaigners.

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Chile's record-breaking drought makes climate change 'very easy' to see

A punishing, decade-long drought in Chile has gone from bad to worse due to a scorching July, a month which typically brings midwinter weather showering the capital Santiago in rain and snow.

Climate change triggers rare crop diseases in Missouri

Climate change has already made Missouri a little more hot and humid, but has also caused some diseases for crops like corn and soybeans to become more prevalent.


Des Moines faces extreme measures to find clean water

For years, Des Moines Water Works has tried to force or cajole farmers upstream to reduce the runoff of fertilizer that leaves the rivers with sky-high nitrate levels but lawsuits and legislative lobbying have failed.

Agriculture emits a ‘forgotten greenhouse gas.’ Scientists are looking for solutions in the soil

As nations and industries try to cut greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change, agricultural practices are in the spotlight.

Greta Thunberg aims to change how food is produced

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has set her sights on changing how the world produces and consumes food in order to counteract a trio of threats: carbon emissions, disease outbreaks and animal suffering.

Coalition farm policy quietly grows climate plan alternative

Ambitious policies launched by the federal government could deliver similar outcomes to a carbon price and take the sting out of the climate culture wars.
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Qatar expands fish farming as climate change affects sea stocks

Qatar plans to expand fish farming to meet growing demand for fresh fish in local markets and maintain stocks in offshore Gulf waters in the face of devastating climate change.

Addressing nitrate contamination in Wisconsin's drinking water

A 2020 report found that Wisconsin is one of 10 states facing increasing issues with nitrate contamination in drinking water. We check in with two experts on the state of nitrate pollution in Wisconsin’s water.

Roundup contamination 'unpreventable', world-first glyphosate research shows

In a world first, Australian agricultural scientists have created a map that pinpoints global hotspots of glyphosate contamination.

Doug Ray and Lori Wollerman Nelson: Sustainable farm bill a smart way to combat climate change

Our state can and should do more to help farmers improve the health of their soil and decrease carbon emissions by planting trees, adopting regenerative practices, and reducing the use of fossil-fuel-based fertilizers and pesticides.

Over-hyped hemp? Amid price drop and a big bankruptcy, some farmers feel burned

For many other farmers in Kentucky and across the country, the hopes of a financial windfall from hemp to be a saving grace from faltering markets in tobacco, soybean and corn, has hit a harsh reality.


Combatting climate change starts at the personal level

Every person has a stake in fighting climate change, says Kevin Hall of Fresno. The reason is simple: If we don’t change our ways, we are doomed.

Iowa farm group wants tighter restrictions on wind farms

With the legislative session underway, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation hopes state lawmakers will approve regulations of large-scale wind and solar farms being built statewide.
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Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

The manufacturing plant responsible for PFAS-coated fast food packaging pumps out loads of a banned ozone-depleting compound along with "forever chemicals."

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

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