Pete Buttigieg Puts Out Rural Economic Plan to Help Tackle Climate Change

Pete Buttigieg Puts Out Rural Economic Plan to Help Tackle Climate Change

Yesterday Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg released his “Plan to Unleash the Economic Potential of Rural America.” The plan seeks to support agriculture and significantly invest in R&D as a powerful solution to climate change, including through soil carbon sequestration. One of the key components of the plan is to invest […]

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Interview of the Week: Jonathan Lynn, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Interview of the Week: Jonathan Lynn, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

ODP:  The IPCC’s report this week focused on land — with a particular focus on desertification, land degradation and food security — why? JL:  Land is a really important part of the climate system and governments wanted to take a deeper look at how our land is being affected by climate change and conversely how our […]

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Warren Proposes Big Changes in Ag Sector to Help Farmers and Fight Climate Change

Warren Proposes Big Changes in Ag Sector to Help Farmers and Fight Climate Change

On Wednesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren, rolled out yet another policy plan with big implications for combatting climate change — this time aiming at overhauling the way the government subsidizes the agricultural sector in order to incentivize conservation and stabilize farm incomes for family farmers. 

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Midwest Flooding Preventing Farmers from Planting Their Crops, Threatens Food Prices

Midwest Flooding Preventing Farmers from Planting Their Crops, Threatens Food Prices

Here's where the #CropWatch19 #soybeans will be planted in central Kansas, if it ever dries out. pic.twitter.com/w9DkokOlUG — Karen Braun (@kannbwx) May 28, 2019 All across the midwest farmers are not able to begin planting their crops as persistent flooding has caused their fields to resemble shallow lakes. As Reuters explained, “Excessive rain has caused […]

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One Cool Job Thing:  Environmental Jobs Pay Well!

One Cool Job Thing: Environmental Jobs Pay Well!

It’s graduation season and we will end the week on a high note!  Yahoo Finance recently reported that in today’s hot job market, it’s possible to find a good job that pays at least $60,000 right out of college even with no experience.  On a salary like that, a person can live well in many […]

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Climate change coming for our bananas

Climate change coming for our bananas

The conditions that are ideal for growing bananas–sunny, humid, tropical environments–are also an ideal incubator for the fungus Mycosphaerella fijiensis, more commonly known as Black Sigatoka disease. As Phys explained, Black Sigatoka disease emerged from Asia in the late 20th Century and has recently completed its invasion of banana-growing areas in Latin America and the Caribbean. […]

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