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Apr. 25, 2022

Heat, Drought Causing Forest Die-Offs Globally

Forests play a vital role in stabilizing the climate by regulating ecosystems and protecting biodiversity, but rising temperatures and drier weather are putting them at risk.

Mar. 25, 2022

Warm Winter and Water Shortages Complicate Harvests for Some Italian Farmers

Olive growers hope that the warm winter does not lead to an early spring bloom followed by a late freeze, as happened in 2021.

Mar. 3, 2022

Climate Change Threatens Steep-Slope Agriculture

The culturally and historically important role of steep-slope agriculture, including traditional olive groves, is threatened by increasingly arid climates and desertification.

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Dec. 20, 2021

La Niña Is Back, Bringing Rain and Drought for Second Straight Year

The World Meteorological Organization predicts that La Niña will result in cooler, wetter weather in Australia. California, Europe and South America will experience much warmer, drier weather.

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.

Nov. 30, 2021

Award-Winning Producer Says Croatians Need to Return to Their Traditional Roots

After climate change wreaked havoc on the 2021 harvest, one of Croatia’s leading producers believes the olive farming paradigm in the country must change.

Nov. 22, 2021

Jordanian Farmers Expect Fall in Production Due to Drought, Pests

As the situation in northern Jordan’s fertile agricultural regions looks increasingly dire, three organizations are stepping in to promote traditional and sustainable farming methods.

Oct. 27, 2021

Farmers in Apulia Deal with Drought, High Costs as Harvest Begins

Steep price rises for energy and fuel are adding unprecedented costs for producers. Meanwhile, agricultural associations warn drought-induced damage is worse than previously predicted.

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.

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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. 19, 2021

Olive Oil Production in Spain Expected to Fall, Officials Say

Spain is expected to produce about 1.3 million tons of olive oil in the 2021/22 crop year. Poor weather conditions in Andalusia are largely to blame.

Oct. 5, 2021

Ahead of Climate Summit, African Leaders Discuss Fate of The Continent

Africa Climate Week highlighted the role of agriculture in the continent’s worsening desertification and climate crises, and its role in the potential recovery.

Oct. 4, 2021

Production in Italy Bolstered by Strong Recovery in South

Olive oil production is expected to rebound in Puglia and other southern regions, while Central and Northern producers stand to face a disappointing season.

Sep. 30, 2021

Award-Winning Producers on Šolta Prepare for Modest Harvest

The Zlatna Šoltanka cooperative is preparing for a 25-percent lower yield than last year’s. Still, its founder emphasizes that quality trumps quantity.

Sep. 20, 2021

BBC: Number of ‘Extremely Hot Days’ Each Year Is Rising

A BBC report found that the number of days with temperatures that surpass 50 ºC has nearly doubled in the past 40 years.

Sep. 14, 2021

After Slow Start, South African Producers Celebrate Record Harvest

While many growers reported more rainfall and record harvests, others fared less well and worry about the future.

Sep. 14, 2021

Intensive Olive Farms Contribute to Desertification in Spain, Experts Warn

Researchers caution that one-fifth of Spain is at risk of desertification. Poor agricultural and land-use practices paired with historic mismanagement are largely to blame.

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