Environment

Extreme Weather Near Madrid Decimates Olive Harvest

A combination of rain, wind and hail has severely damaged 90 percent of olive trees just outside of Madrid. Small farmers have been hit the hardest.

Climate Change Poses Threat to Global GDP, Study Finds

New data reveals that global GDP per capita will decrease by 7.22 percent by 2100 if average global temperatures continue to rise. For several olive-producing countries in the Mediterranean basin, the figure may be much higher.
Special Report

Studies Show Progress in Changing the Minds of Climate Skeptics

Reminding climate skeptics that they believe in basic scientific principles might prompt them to accept that climate change is real, a new study from the American Psychological Association suggests.

Amazon Wildfires Threaten the EU – Mercosur Trade Deal

Fearing environmental destruction in the Amazonia due to the thousands of fires, European countries are asking for guarantees from Brazil that the fires will be dealt with before concluding the pact.
Olive Oil Times Special

Maltese up in Arms Over Removal of Trees to Make Way for New Roads

Times of Malta reported that they had received dozens of complaints over olive trees being aggressively pruned with a chainsaw along the Santa Luċija jogging track, fueling fears they were facing the chop.

Using Resins to Debitter Olives May Be Eco-Friendly Alternative

Amberlite resins present a possible environmentally-friendly solution to removing bitterness from olives, reducing wastewater and chemicals used in commercially-employed methods.
Special Report

Quarter of the World’s Population Facing ‘Extreme’ Water Stress

At least ten olive-growing countries in the Mediterranean basin are ranked as "high water stress," according to data compiled by the World Resources Institute.

Plant-Based Diets Can Combat Climate Change, Report Finds

Better land management practices combined with plant-based diets are effective in tackling climate change and mitigating its effects.