New studies out this week warned of the problems facing crops in the coming decades as CO2 levels continue to rise.

Aug 2018  Carbon Brief excerpt.  New studies out this week warned of the problems facing crops in the coming decades as CO2 levels continue to rise. The first finds that higher CO2 levels in the atmosphere could make staple crops less nutritious, potentially pushing hundreds of millions of people into malnutrition. Increased atmospheric CO2 can cause crops to produce smaller amounts …

‘World’s most advanced’ vertical farm opens in Scotland

Vertical farming | Credit: IGS Madeleine Cuff, 28 August 2018, Business Green Scottish agritech company Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) claims its first vertical farming facility has patented technologies to cut production costs.  A vertical farm has opened in Scotland and has been hailed by its creators as the “world’s most advanced indoor farm”, boasting the potential to deliver significant cost savings compared …

Why Ravaging Heatwaves Matter to World’s Dinner Table

By Agnieszka De Sousa August 14, 2018, 12:12 AM MDT To see the impact of record-breaking temperatures around the world, watch wheat. Found in everything from bread to noodles, biscuits to cereals, beer to cakes — there is no more widely grown staple crop and more than 170 million metric tons trade every year. So when the weather ruins harvests in …

Lessons Learned from Centuries of Indigenous Forest Management

BY RICHARD SCHIFFMAN • AUGUST 20, 2018 In an interview with Yale Environment 360, botanist Charles M. Peters discusses how, in an era of runaway destruction of tropical forests, the centuries-old ecological understanding of indigenous woodland residents can help point the way to the restoration of damaged rainforests. Over centuries, even millennia, indigenous communities have developed interdependent systems of agriculture and forestry that are uniquely suited to …

This Summer’s Heat Waves Could Be the Strongest Climate Signal Yet: ‘In many places, people are preparing for the past or present climate. But this summer is the future

By Bob Berwyn, Inside Climate News, 28 July 2018 Extreme heat killed more than 80 people in Japan in July, just a few weeks after flooding from downpours was blamed for more than 200 deaths there. Martin Bureau/Getty Images Earth’s global warming fever spiked to deadly new highs across the Northern Hemisphere this summer, and we’re feeling the results—extreme heat …

Reconnecting With Rural America

BY TOM VILSACK FROM WINTER 2018, NO. 47, A JOURNAL OF IDEAS SYMPOSIUM | WHAT IS RED-STATE LIBERALISM? Photo by National Renewable Energy Lab via CC 2.0 In 2012 my wife, Christie, ran for Congress against incumbent Representative Steve King in Iowa’s 4th congressional district. The 4th congressional district was considered to be one of the top ten most conservative districts in the country in 2012. The …

Clothing from Ag fibers + Urban Gardening 101: How to Deal With Contaminated Soil

By Brian Barth, Modern Farmer, on EcoWatch Urban soils are particularly prone to contamination. Fifty years ago, your yard could have belonged to a farmer, who, perhaps not knowing any better, disposed of old bottles of anti-freeze or contaminated diesel in a hole out behind the tractor garage. Or perhaps the remains of a fallen down outbuilding, long ago coated …

Solar PV shows a record learning rate: 28.5% reduction in cost per Watt for every doubling of cumulative capacity

Kees van der Leun‏ @Sustainable2050 Latest learning curve for solar PV modules, by @BloombergNEF, shows a record learning rate: 28.5% reduction in cost per Watt for every doubling of cumulative capacity, 1976-2018e! Includes the spectacular 35% drop, forecast for this year. 2:38 PM – 20 Jun 2018Kees van der Leun‏ @Sustainable205024h24 hours ago The sustained dramatic improvement in solar PV costs, already …