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Climate change could trigger a global food crisis, new U.N. report says

“In the past, bad weather in one area has been compensated by perhaps better weather in another, but some of our research has shown that as we move toward 2 degrees Celsius of warming, the probability of major cereal producers facing synchronous shocks in the same season goes way up,” says Roz Naylor.

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Changing agriculture from a GHG emitter to absorber

Soil, writes Rob Jackson, “is a no-risk climate solution with big co-benefits. Fostering soil health protects food security and builds resilience to droughts, floods, and urbanization.”

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UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future

"We ought to recognize that we have profound limits on the amount of land available and we have to be careful about how we utilize it,” Chris Field says about a new United Nations scientific report.

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Land use policy key to reining in global warming, U.N. report warns

“These numbers are big, and that’s something to be excited about,” says Katharine Mach on the estimated amount of trees that could be planted on Earth.

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Major report urges overhaul of global land use, agriculture

"The body of evidence, developed by the global scientific community and assessed by IPCC, points to the potential for strong synergies between climate responses and other goals societies have, including food security and biodiversity preservation," says Katharine Mach.

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Planting trees is good. Eliminating deforestation is better.

“I do think eliminating deforestation is more important than planting new forest,” Rob Jackson says.

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When rich economies cut emissions, poor ones stand to benefit, study says

Research by Noah Diffenbaugh and Marshall Burke is cited in the context of how warming trends have exacerbated global wealth inequality.

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'It feels like something out of a bad sci-fi movie'

“It’s a loss for USDA,” said Earth system science professor David Lobell on the leaving of influential USDA scientist Lewis Ziska.

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Burn. Build. Repeat: why our wildfire policy is so deadly

The Carr Fire, along with California's 2018 Camp Fire, “ended any delusion that humans could keep Mother Nature in check,” according to an Op-ed by Jeffrey Ball, scholar-in-residence at Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and a lecturer at Stanford Law School.

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Deforestation, Agriculture, and Diet Are Fuelling the Climate Crisis

According to Katharine Mach, “carbon stored in the biosphere is at risk if we don’t simultaneously get energy, industry, and transport emissions in check.”  

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Humans versus Earth: the quest to define the Anthropocene

“We hope to create a real ‘motion picture’ of the Bay Area over the last century to millennium,” says Liz Hadly on an investigation into a potential new epoch of geological time.

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Forum explores motivating different people about climate change

Negative framing of climate change “can be effective in terms of making people aware of the risk, but it’s not necessarily effective in terms of motivating change,” Gabrielle Wong-Parodi said in a July 31 panel.

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Californians' concerns about worsening wildfires at record high

“It seems...that Californians strongly recognize that climate change is not just about what’s happening to the average thermostat on planet Earth, but it’s really something [that] is driving up across complex hazards,” Katharine Mach says.

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Wastewater injection can make faults twice as likely to fail, quake study says

Mark Zoback and Jens‐Erik Lund Snee find that wastewater injection from oil and gas operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area makes faults much more likely to slip.

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The risk of conflict rises as the world heats up

Marshall Burke, assistant professor of Earth system science, explains how climate change may influence civil conflicts.

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When will California become too hot to grow wine grapes?

“The growing environment is likely to be different 30 years from now in different regions,” says Noah Diffenbaugh. “But it’s an open question how growers and vintners respond to that.”

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