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  • The Cleveland… Bears?

    This month, a young black bear was found in a tree outside an apartment building in Cleveland. While it makes for interesting headlines on the small scale, the competing interests of humans and animals on the global scale could spell doom for wild creatures. More

  • IBM Sets New Record for CZTS Solar Cells

    Most of today`s solar cells are based on silicon with extremely high purity, which is one of the major reasons why solar power is expensive. IBM has successfully created a new prototype of a solar cell that uses natural and abundant materials – copper, zinc and tin – to convert photons into electricity. More

  • Heat and Drought Ravage US Crops; Global Stocks Suffer

    This Summer’s heat and drought are showing their impact on US crops: September estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) show 2012 U.S. corn yields at 123 bushels per acre, down by a fourth from the 2009 high of 165 bushels per acre. More

  • This Is Your Global Food Supply On Climate Change

    OK, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I think that this year’s climate extremes are linked to human-caused climate change. We might not really have the definitive answer on whether that is true for 20 years, but I would like nothing better than to be proven wrong about the linkage I’m making today. From a global food supply perspective, the effects of weather on 2012 food production is problematic no matter what its cause. As bad as it seems, it might just be a “shot over the bow” relative to what me might expect in the future. More

  • Rising Temperature Raising Food Prices

    Over the last two months, the price of corn has been climbing. On July 19th, it exceeded $8 per bushel for the first time, taking the world into a new food price terrain. With heat and drought still smothering the Corn Belt, we may well see more all-time highs in coming weeks as the extent of crop damage becomes clearer. More

  • Limited Encouragement In The Latest Update Of The FAO Food Price Index

    Yesterday, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations released it’s monthly update on global food trade pricing. The overall “Food Price Index” that combines all categories did decline slightly, but less than the previous month. The index is still substantially higher than it was at a comparable period during the last cycle. More

  • Fish Pedicures: Experts Warn of Potential Health Risks

    Fish pedicures grew in popularity in the United States in 2008, but new findings about possible health and environmental effects are giving state and local governments reasons to take another look at the unusual spa treatment. More

  • Texas' Dying Dolphins

    From November 2011 to this past March, 123 bottlenose dolphins were found stranded along the Texas coastline. Researchers are trying to determine the cause of this “unusual mortality event.” More

  • Aflatoxin: A Toxic Potential of Climate Change

    One of the most toxic and carcinogenic threats in the human food supply is a natural chemical called “aflatoxin”; the chance that it will contaminate a crop is enhanced by drought and/or insect damage – both conditions expected to be more common with the onset of climate change. More

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    How to Build a Clean Fire: The Top-Down Fire

    There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and there’s more than one way to build a fire. But that doesn’t mean they are all equal: the top-down fire (or upside down fire) is perhaps the most efficient and cleanest way to build a fire. More

  • Map Shows Who Gets Screwed by Climate Change, Who Doesn’t

    In a new map illustrating climate vulnerability, it’s obvious which countries take the biggest hits, and are most susceptible to the effects of climate change. Developed by risk analysts Maplecroft, the map combines measures of the risk of certain global warming impacts, including storms, flooding, and droughts, with the social and financial ability of both […] More

  • Al Gore's Climate Reality Project Blanketing the Web with Climate Science

    Update: Sister sites Planetsave and Eat.Drink.Better (post not live yet) will both be livestreaming the 24 Hours of Reality event. It starts tonight at 7 pm Central Time. Editor’s note: As someone who’s donated 24 straight hours of time and work for a couple of different causes, I’m looking forward to the Climate Reality Project’s 24 […] More

  • Fresh or Frozen Vegetables and Fruits: Which One's Better?

    As a gardner, I have certain assumptions about food. Fresh is always better; however,  I do freeze for winter.  Recently, a friend shared that frozen food was actually more flavorful and nutritious than fresh food available in the grocery store.  This threw me for a loop: I always thought “frozen fresh” was an oxymoron, but the […] More

  • Raging Storms and Rising Seas Swelling the Ranks of Climate Refugees

    By Lester R. Brown In late August 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approached the U.S. Gulf Coast, more than 1 million people were evacuated from New Orleans and the small towns and rural communities along the coast. Once the storm passed, it was assumed that the million or so Katrina evacuees would, as in past cases, […] More

  • Composting Food Scraps with Black Soldier Fly Larvae

    I’m not a know-it-all (at least I like to think that), but when it comes to composting methods, I was pretty sure I had them all down: from typical bins and piles, to worm composting, to bokashi. This morning, Sami Grover at Treehugger proved me wrong: I’d never heard of composting food scraps with black […] More

  • In Defense of Orange Juice

    (8/11 edits in italics below based on feedback from citrus industry scientists).  A recent blog post on a site called “Food Renegade” is apparently getting quite a bit of attention on the internet.  It was critical of not-from-concentrate (NFC) orange juice because it involves the use of flavor additives and because oxygen is removed from the […] More

  • Grain Production Falling as Soil Erosion Continues

    The thin layer of topsoil that covers much of the earth’s land surface is the foundation of civilization. As long as soil erosion on cropland does not exceed new soil formation, all is well. But once it does, it leads to falling soil fertility and eventually to land abandonment. As countries lose their topsoil through […] More

  • Genetic Contamination May Not Mean What You Think It Means

    In the debate about GMO crops, the “threat of genetic contamination” is often raised as a reason  to reject the technology.  Is this threat real?  Does it justify acts of vandalism?  Could it lead to the “End of Organics“?  Is it actually an over-blown issue?  To answer these questions it is necessary to put this […] More

  • Toxics: The Long Term, Low Dose Question

    Each year, the USDA generates an extensive set of data which demonstrates that modern American consumers face no real threat from toxic pesticide residues on their food.  This is particularly true in terms of “acute toxicity,” or short-term poisoning.  Someone would have to eat thousands to millions times their own body weight to kill themselves […] More

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