Report provides new framework for understanding climate risks, impacts to US agriculture

July 29, 2020, Colorado State University A new report focuses on how agricultural systems are impacted by climate change and offers a list of 20 indicators that provide a broad look at what’s happening across the country. Agricultural production is highly sensitive to weather and climate, which affect when farmers and land managers plant seeds or harvest crops. These conditions …

Nearly all of Colorado is under some drought status – 20 years into megadrought in the West

Also see: https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/04/16/climate-driven-megadrought-emerging-western-u-s/ – April 20th, 2020 The Colorado Sun | evan@coloradosun.com Colorado currently is one of the drier parts of the country, and although conditions have improved in recent weeks, the long-term outlook for the state is relatively grim.  Much of Colorado continues to suffer through extreme drought, and nearly all of the state is experiencing drought, according to the …

Land loss has plagued Black America since Emancipation

By Julian Agyeman and Kofi Boone, The Conversation.July 20, 2020 | STRATEGIZE! Above: A group of escaped slaves that gathered on the former plantation of Confederate General Thomas Drayton. After Federal troops occupied the plantation these former slaves began to harvest and gin cotton for their own profit. Corbis via Getty Images. Is It Time To Look Again At ‘Black Commons’ And Collective Ownership? Underlying the …

It’s Gonna Be Okay: Faith and Climate on a Hopi Drylands Farm

SFA Staff | July 9, 2020 | ClimateLore, Worklife by Michael Kotutwa Johnson, as told to Kimi Eisele I met the cornfields early, riding with my cousins in the back of my grandfather’s old pickup truck, bouncing up and down, hitting our heads up against the camper as we drove the dirt road to the field. Sometimes after we finished planting, hoeing weeds, or thinning …

In the post-coal economy, life-skills training helps employ people and restores the land

The Hopeful Work of Turning Appalachia’s Mountaintop Coal Mines Into Farms Fall 2017 THE JUST TRANSITION ISSUE TABLE OF CONTENTS  IN DEPTH Alaska’s Small Villages Turn Toward Renewables—And Don’t Look Back 4 Reasons Trump Can’t Stop the Renewables Revolution Climate Justice Is Racial Justice Is Gender Justice The Hopeful Work of Turning Appalachia’s Mountaintop Coal Mines Into Farms How to Feed Ourselves …

Hopi farming: a 2000-year-long agriculture experiment

by radiocafe | Jun 23, 2020 | Activism, Down to Earth, Education, Environment, Food & agriculture, Native & indigenous, Science & health Hopi farmers were practicing regenerative agriculture before it was named. Working with the soil, the weather, the water cycle, seeds, and cultural practices, they fed themselves in the dry land of northern Arizona for millennia. Now the industrial food system has challenged their way of living and farming. We …

Chevron partners with biomethane developer to harvest, market gas from local dairy manure

Wes Wilson comments: Dubious benefits — needs subsidies, expands dairy feedlots leading to nitrogen flushing into local ground water and delays getting to 100% renewables John Cox, Bakersfield.com, June 18, 2019 Chevron partners with biomethane developer to harvest, market gas from local dairy manure Chevron USA Inc. announced Tuesday it has partnered with a Visalia-based company to help fund up …

The End of Meat Is Here

If you care about the working poor, about racial justice, and about climate change, you have to stop eating animals. By Jonathan Safran Foer, author of “Eating Animals” and “We Are the Weather.” May 21, 2020, NYT Is any panic more primitive than the one prompted by the thought of empty grocery store shelves? Is any relief more primitive than the …