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B.C. fruit farms prepared for devastating crop yields this summer

  2024-03-12 by in Canada's National Observer

One of the first indicators of how bountiful a fruit harvest will be in British Columbia comes months before any peaches, apricots or nectarines start fattening on trees.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Agriculture | Canada | Trees


Further wet weather raises fears of harvest catastrophe - Farmers Weekly

  2024-03-12 in Farmers Weekly

Further heavy rainfall over the last fortnight is increasing farmers’ concerns of an impending harvest catastrophe. Following relentless rain since

  Tagged under: Food Production and Consumption | Collapse | UK | Agriculture


Tipping Points Report shows humanity on ‘disastrous trajectory’ - The Engineer

  2023-12-06 by The Engineer in The Engineer

Humanity is on the verge of triggering at least five major tipping points which could see the collapse of ice sheets, ecosystems and food production, according to a new report.

  Tagged under: Agriculture | Ice Melting | Tipping Points


Climate change having huge impact on farmers

  2023-9-21 in Fruit Net

More than 70 per cent of farmers have already seen large impacts of climate change on their farm, new global research from Farmer Voice survey reveals

  Tagged under: Farming | Climate Change | Climate Change Impacts | Agriculture


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B.C. winemakers rethinking industry after climate catastrophes | CBC News

  2024-03-14 (or before) in CBC.ca - Canada's Public Broadcaster

Record-breaking heat, destructive cold snaps and wildfires have almost completely wiped out this year's crop of B.C. wines. Now, vineyards are figuring out how to rebuild from the ground up.

  Tagged under: Climate Change Impacts | Extreme Weather | Agriculture | Canada


UK can sustain itself if it converted all animal farmland to forest, Harvard research shows

  2024-03-13 (or before) in The Vegan Society

Researchers found the UK can convert animal farmland to forest and still grow enough protein as well as help combat climate change.

  Tagged under: Net Zero | Food Production and Consumption | Agriculture | Rewilding | Trees


Potentials and perspectives of food self-sufficiency in urban areas—a case study from Leipzig | Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems | Cambridge Core

  2024-03-13 (or before) in Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Potentials and perspectives of food self-sufficiency in urban areas—a case study from Leipzig - Volume 37 Issue 3

  Tagged under: Climate Change Adaption | Germany | Agriculture | Food Production and Consumption


B.C. fruit farms prepared for devastating crop yields this summer

  2024-03-12 by in Canada's National Observer

One of the first indicators of how bountiful a fruit harvest will be in British Columbia comes months before any peaches, apricots or nectarines start fattening on trees.

  Tagged under: Collapse | Agriculture | Canada | Trees


Further wet weather raises fears of harvest catastrophe - Farmers Weekly

  2024-03-12 in Farmers Weekly

Further heavy rainfall over the last fortnight is increasing farmers’ concerns of an impending harvest catastrophe. Following relentless rain since

  Tagged under: Food Production and Consumption | Collapse | UK | Agriculture


‘My dream is to buy a piece of land’: the ‘outsiders’ farming at the Amazon’s last frontiers

  2024-03-12 in The Guardian

Struggling to compete with large-scale landowners, smallholder farmers move ever deeper into Brazil’s disappearing forest

  Tagged under: Agriculture | Amazon Rainforest | Trees


Food Supplies Threatened in Southern Africa After Driest February on Record - Bloomberg

  2024-03-08 in Bloomberg

Zambia has declared protracted dry spell a national disaster as price of staple food surges.

  Tagged under: Climate Change Impacts | Drought | Agriculture | Zimbabwe | Africa | Economics


Warning as major supermarkets could see empty shelves of staple vegetable this summer - Mirror Online

  2024-03-08 by in The Mirror

  Tagged under: Climate Change Impacts | Agriculture | UK


Somerset Levels farming may become 'unsustainable' due to floods

  2024-03-08 in The BBC

Alan Franks' family has been in dairy farming since the 1950s but he now fears for his business.

  Tagged under: Climate Change Impacts | UK | Agriculture | Flooding


America's Farmers Embrace Solar Panels to Protect Against Volatile Crop Prices - Bloomberg

  2024-03-07 in Bloomberg

US farmers are turning to solar power as a buffer against volatile crop prices, and Biden's clean-energy tax incentives are set to boost the trend.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | USA | Agriculture | Washington State


Climate change is warping the seasons

  2024-03-06 by in The Conversation

A new series will investigate what’s happening to nature’s calendar.

  Tagged under: Insects | Wildlife | Agriculture | Climate Change | Climate Change Impacts


Just 131 shoots & game farms rear and release 6.2million pheasants

  2024-03-05 in whoownsengland.org

Image: a pheasant rearing farm in Buckinghamshire. This post is by Guy Shrubsole; big thanks to Lewis Winks for GIS mapping skills. New official data that I've obtained via a Freedom of Information request shows that just 131 shoots and game farms are responsible for rearing and releasing a staggering 6.2 million pheasants in England.…

  Tagged under: UK | Birds | Agriculture


On‐site floral resources and surrounding landscape characteristics impact pollinator biodiversity at solar parks

  2024-03-04 (or before) in British Ecological Society Journals

Abstract There is increasing land use change for solar parks and growing recognition that they could be used to support insect pollinators. However, understanding of pollinator response to solar pa...

  Tagged under: Agriculture | Insects | Solar Energy


Enhanced weathering in the US Corn Belt delivers carbon removal with agronomic benefits | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

  2024-03-04 (or before) in PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

Terrestrial enhanced weathering (EW) of silicate rocks, such as crushed basalt, on farmlands is a promising scalable atmospheric carbon dioxide rem...

  Tagged under: USA | Agriculture | Carbon Capture and Storage


Colorado ranchers sentenced after tampering with rain gauges to increase crop subsidies - CBS Colorado

  2024-03-02 in CBS News

Two southeastern Colorado ranch owners were recently sentenced to pay $6.6 million to resolve federal charges that they damaged or altered rain gauges in an effort to get paid for worsening drought conditions.

  Tagged under: Agriculture | Colorado State


British farmers say 'shocking' levels of floods are pushing them to the brink | ITV News

  2024-03-01 in ITV

Heavy periods of rain this autumn and winter have decimated farms around the UK, with some saying their land has been constantly submerged since October. | ITV National News

  Tagged under: Food Production and Consumption | UK | Flooding | Agriculture


Tipping Points Report shows humanity on ‘disastrous trajectory’ - The Engineer

  2023-12-06 by The Engineer in The Engineer

Humanity is on the verge of triggering at least five major tipping points which could see the collapse of ice sheets, ecosystems and food production, according to a new report.

  Tagged under: Agriculture | Ice Melting | Tipping Points


Americans love avocados. It’s killing Mexico’s forests

  2023-11-28 in The Seattle Times

In western Mexico, forests are being razed at a breakneck pace to feed the U.S. appetite for avocados. It's environmentally devastating and most likely illegal.

  Tagged under: Trees | Agriculture | Mexico


Inhibitive Effects of Recent Exceeding Air Temperature Optima of Vegetation Productivity and Increasing Water Limitation on Photosynthesis Reversed Global Greening

  2023-10-10 (or before) in Advancing Earth and Space Sciences Journal

Global terrestrial vegetation dynamics have been rapidly altered by climate change. A widespread vegetation greenness over a large part of the planet from the 1980s to early this century has been reported, whereas weakening of CO2 fertilization effects and increasing climate extremes and the adverse impact of increasing rate of warming and severity of drought on vegetation growth were also reported.

  Tagged under: CO2 | Agriculture


Climate change having huge impact on farmers

  2023-9-21 in Fruit Net

More than 70 per cent of farmers have already seen large impacts of climate change on their farm, new global research from Farmer Voice survey reveals

  Tagged under: Farming | Climate Change | Climate Change Impacts | Agriculture


Beyond fed up: six hard trends that lead to food system breakdown

  2023-03-01 by in Insight, the University of Cumbria's institutional repository

This paper is a preprint of a chapter in the forthcoming book Breaking Together (Bendell, 2023). It analyses six hard trends that are already happening, and lead to food system breakdown. First, the biophysical limits of food production are being reached. Second, current food production systems are actively destroying the very resource base upon which they rely. Third, the majority of food production and all its storage and distribution is critically dependent upon fossil fuels, not only making the food supply vulnerable to price and supply instability, but also presenting an impossible choice between food security and reducing ...

  Tagged under: Climate Change Impacts | Food Production and Consumption | Agriculture | Collapse


How livestock grazing is preventing the return of rainforests to the UK and Ireland

  2023-02-13 in The Week

Most of the UK and Ireland’s grass-fed cows and sheep are on land that might otherwise be temperate rainforest

  Tagged under: Rewilding | UK | Rainforests | Agriculture


Populations of UK’s most important wildlife have plummeted since 1970

  2019-10-03 by Damian Carrington in The Guardian

Quarter of mammals and nearly half of birds assessed are at risk of extinction, says State of Nature report

  Tagged under: Oceans | Farming | Agriculture | Extinction | Biodiversity Loss | Wildlife | Birds


From Top Gear to the top field: how Jeremy Clarkson became an eco-friendly farmer

  2019-05-27 in The Guardian

The former Top Gear presenter has cultivated his petrolhead image for years, but a recent interview lifts the lid on his Earth-loving side

  Tagged under: Farming | Agriculture | Conservation | UK


Butterfly numbers fall by 84% in Netherlands over 130 years – study

  2019-04-01 by Patrick Barkham in The Guardian

European insect populations shrink as farming leaves ‘hardly any room for nature’

  Tagged under: Farming | Agriculture | Biodiversity Loss | Insect Populations | Butterflies and Moths | Wildlife | Insects


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