climate change

Jan. 17, 2022

2021 Was Earth’s Fifth Hottest Year, Scientists Say

The annual average temperature in 2021 exceeded the modern average by 0.3 ºC, scientists at Europe’s Copernicus climate change service found.

Jan. 12, 2022

Study: Shifting to Plant-Based Diets Can Cut Global Emissions and Capture CO2

This new approach to eating in high-income nations would slash more than half of all greenhouse gas emissions.

Jan. 11, 2022

Burning Biomass in Europe Causes Deforestation in the U.S., Scientists Warn

The U.S. wood pellet industry is the largest supplier for European wood-burning power plants, which scientists argue may undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Jan. 4, 2022

Amazon Records Highest Rate of Deforestation in 15 years

Deforestation in the Amazon increased 21 percent from 2020 to 2021 and is more than double what it was a decade ago.

Jan. 4, 2022

Extreme Weather Cost Billions in Damage in 2021, Study Finds

Extreme weather events around the planet severely impact people and ecosystems. Now, researchers have calculated the economic costs.

Dec. 22, 2021

E.U. Moves to Block Deforestation-Derived Imports, Including Some Palm Oil

A new European Commission proposal aims to significantly slash imports of commodities associated with deforestation, especially in Brazil, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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Dec. 16, 2021

Harvest Unfolds with Mixed Results in Greece

A modest yield is expected in most of the producing regions of the country, with many producers pinning their hopes on quality.

Dec. 10, 2021

Harvest Underway in France with Varying Expectations

Challenges created by springtime frost and summer drought have led to an uncertain harvest forecast, with production predictions ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 tons.

Dec. 7, 2021

Plant-Based Diets Linked with Much Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Study Finds

People who follow World Health Organization dietary guidelines for the intake of fats, carbohydrates and sodium are responsible for fewer emissions.

Dec. 7, 2021

Up to 27 Million in Spain Face Water Shortages by 2050, Minister Warns

The southeast of Spain is at the highest risk. New investments in infrastructure and technology are critical to mitigating the impacts of the crisis.

Dec. 7, 2021

U.S. Households Could Slash Emissions by Reducing Junk Food Consumption

A new study suggests 71 percent of households could improve their carbon footprint by consuming less junk food and not buying in bulk.

Dec. 6, 2021

European Parliament Approves CAP Reform Amid Strong Opposition

Supporters of the new Common Agricultural Policy said it will more fairly distribute funds to small farmers. Opponents said it does too little on climate change.

Dec. 6, 2021

Climate Extremes, Conflict Complicate Harvest in Palestine

Fighting in the West Bank are crippling the harvest, while climate change is blamed for lower yields in the Gaza Strip.

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Nov. 8, 2021

European Parliament Approves Farm to Fork Strategy

Among the main tenants of the plan are animal welfare, emissions reduction and front-of-pack nutrition labeling. It will now be up to the European Commission to propose the formal legislation.

Nov. 4, 2021

Tunisian Olive Oil Producers Thrive Despite Political Turmoil

While one of the world’s largest olive-producing nations undergoes shifts that worry international observers, olive growers are more concerned about climate change.

Oct. 27, 2021

Heat and Drought Hamper Olive Harvest in Morocco

Olive production could fall by 30 percent from earlier forecasts. Experts expect the country to keep getting hotter and drier.

Oct. 21, 2021

In Tuscany, Farmers Cope With Climate Challenges While Striving for Top Quality

After last year's outstanding harvest, Tuscan producers are preparing for a lighter one. A hot and dry summer is partly to blame.

Oct. 21, 2021

Report: Staple Crop Yields Will Drop as Global Population Grows

Climate change is causing extensive damage to global agriculture. A new report warns that some of the worst impacts may be irreversible by 2030.

Oct. 20, 2021

Japan’s Olive Harvest Gets Underway Amid Typhoon Season

Producers in Japan expect this year’s yield to match last year’s. However, typhoon season has led to different outcomes across the country.

Oct. 19, 2021

Physicists Win Nobel Prize for Explaining Climate Change

Their research has deciphered how Earth's climate works and how carbon dioxide emissions feed rising temperatures.

Oct. 6, 2021

Study: 9.7 Billion Tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Come from Meat Production Each Year

More than half of greenhouse gas emissions are from growing food for livestock and the animals themselves. Plant production for human consumption produces far fewer emissions.

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