Rising Salt Water Claiming America’s Coastal Farms

Rising Salt Water Claiming America’s Coastal Farms

Salty soil is a death sentence for crops, and for areas of coastal farmland, an increasing threat due to climate change. Known as saltwater intrusion, this occurs when storm surges or high tides overtop areas low in elevation. It also occurs when saltwater infiltrates freshwater aquifers and raises the groundwater table below the soil surface. […]

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New Study Finds 1 in 3 Rivers Have Significantly Shifted Color

New Study Finds 1 in 3 Rivers Have Significantly Shifted Color

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A new study shows that 1 in 3 rivers in the United States have significantly shifted in color since 1984. Researchers surveyed more than 108,000 kilometers of rivers at least 60 meters wide found that  56% appeared predominantly yellow and 38% appeared predominantly green. These colorations are often caused […]

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Russia Seizes Opportunities Created by Climate Change

Russia Seizes Opportunities Created by Climate Change

By Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Warmer temperatures are poised to make Russia more hospitable to agriculture, making it a giant in food production and even more of a political force. The latest story in a New York Times Magazine/ProPublic series on climate migration’s winners and losers lays out in vivid detail how much Russia […]

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Climate and Food Production Consuming Too Much Habitat

Climate and Food Production Consuming Too Much Habitat

According to a new study in the journal Nature Communications, the development of natural habitat for agriculture and urbanization, as well as the transformation of habitat caused by climate change, are “major causes of the decline in range sizes, and two of the most important threats to global terrestrial biodiversity.” 

Why This Matters:  Food production processes emit lots of carbon, and now we see that food production also drives loss of habitat and thus species’ extinction.

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New WWF Report Emphasizes the Power of a “Planet-Based” Diet

New WWF Report Emphasizes the Power of a “Planet-Based” Diet

The World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) recent 2020 Living Planet Report exposed that the most important direct driver of species loss is land-use change, in particular, the conversation of pristine native habitats into agricultural systems. Which is why what people eat makes such a difference in stopping the degradation of nature. This is the focus of a […]

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New WWF Report Identifies Where, How, and Why American Grasslands Are Disappearing

New WWF Report Identifies Where, How, and Why American Grasslands Are Disappearing

Approximately 2.1 million acres of intact grassland habitat in the U.S. and Canadian Great Plains were plowed under for row-crop production in 2018, according to World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) 2020 Plowprint Report. This means that from 2014-2018, tillage of grasslands across the Great Plains occurred at an average rate of four football fields every minute. […]

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