Category: Agriculture

Tracking Snow: The Cryosphere in an Era of Climate Change

Matthew Sturm. Image Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A new generation of weather satellites is helping researchers gain insights into the complex relationship between the cryosphere – the planet’s cold regions – and the climate. With drinking water supplies dwindling around the world, understanding the cryosphere is becoming a front-burner issue.

The hidden farms of Chicago

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NPR’s The Salt recently took a look at Chicago and the many “hidden farms” that can be found on rooftops around the city.

10 innovative food projects reconnecting eaters and producers

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Originally Published by The Guardian – Farming is obscure and cooking has become a spectator sport for many, but restoring lost traditions is possible.

Dot Earth Blog: A Climate Analyst Clarifies the Science Behind California’s Water Woes

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Originally Published by NY Times- A closer look at the science behind the fighting over whether global warming has shaped California’s drought.

Windy City Hosts 2014 Annual Meeting of American Association for the Advancement of Science

Sarah Frazier of Earthzine is headed to Chicago. She’s pictured here in Grindelwald, Switzerland.
satellite This week, our writer Sarah will be lucky enough to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

World Wetlands Day focuses on agriculture

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Originally Published by ESA- The 2014 World Wetlands Day highlights the need for wetlands and the agriculture sector to work together. ESA’s GlobWetland II project assists Mediterranean countries in the sustainable use of these areas and demonstrates the evolution of wetlands and agricultural patterns over time.

Farmers urged to do more over floods

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Originally Published by BBC News- Farmers getting public grants should be forced to capture water on their land to prevent floods downstream, environmentalists say.

Green news roundup: Greenpeace, aviation and marine photography

Originally Published Environment Research Web – Wildfires and insect outbreaks have wiped out millions of hectares of forest in western North America in recent years. In particular, the mountain pine beetle has destroyed vast areas of lodgepole pine forest, including more than 16 million hectares in British Columbia alone. But what kind of impact does this have on the carbon cycle?

Is the IPCC right on climate change? Just ask the world’s farmers | John Vidal

MDG : Drought in Kenya

Originally Published by The Guardian – European development groups have reported that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest scientific assessment of the phenomenon matches the observations and experiences of farming and other groups they partner in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Pesticide risks need more research and regulation

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Originally Published by ENS – Developing countries need stronger pesticide regulation and a better understanding of how pesticides behave in tropical climates, according to experts behind a series of articles published in Science today.