Solar Panels + Agriculture: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

November 19th, 2020 by Tina Casey Clean Technica It seems like only yesterday that the idea of combining solar panels with agriculture was just a twinkle in somebody’s eye. All of a sudden the field is exploding, so to speak. In the latest development, the US Department of Energy is putting down $7 million to sow the seeds for a new revolution in …

‘Nature-based solutions or nature-based seductions?’

November 2020 The hype over NbS relies on the myth that the carbon-sequestering possibilities of nature can compensate for (or in technical carbon market terms – offset) the continued burning of fossil fuels. But offsets do not reduce the overall concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; at best, they result in no net emissions. Carbon markets and offset myths are useful for …

Farmers are depleting the Ogallala Aquifer because the government pays them to do it

November 9, 2020, The Conversation, Matthew R Sanderson, Professor of Sociology and Professor of Geography and Geospatial Sciences, Kansas State University; Burke Griggs, Associate Professor of Law, Washburn University; Jacob A. Miller, PhD Student in Sociology, Kansas State University A slow-moving crisis threatens the U.S. Central Plains, which grow a quarter of the nation’s crops. Underground, the region’s lifeblood – water …

Dust Bowl 2.0? Rising Great Plains dust levels stir concerns

Science Magazine, October 2020, doi:10.1126/science.abf3504 Recent studies are showing how climate change is drying out the region. Greenhouse gases are making heat waves like those in the 1930s far more likely, according to a study published in May in Nature Climate Change. And in an April study in Science, researchers suggested much of the western United States is on the brink of a prolonged …

Fossil Fuels Phase-Out: Policy Framework Proposed

SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 | ECOSPHERE STUDIES, PRESS RELEASES https://landinstitute.org/fossil-fuels-phase-out-policy-framework/ From the desk of The Land Institute Ecosphere Studies Research Fellow, and author of The Green New Deal and Beyond: Ending the Climate Emergency While We Still Can. A “managed phase out” of fossil fuels is increasingly called for in climate policy studies and congressional resolutions, as being necessary for a solution to the climate emergency. But the statements are …

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 …