Drought and climate change: Cloud nein

It’s hard to be cool when your index is low

WHEN the worst drought in 60 years hit America’s corn belt this summer, many people wondered if it was caused by climate change. It is too early to say much about such a recent episode but various studies have attributed earlier individual heatwaves or drought to global warming, notably those in Europe in 2003, Russia in 2010 and the sweltering summer of 2011 in Texas. Read more

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Agriculture & food production contribute up to 29 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions

Amid population growth and escalating food demands, 2 global analyses determine climate change mitigation and adaptation equally critical for global food security

COPENHAGEN (31 October, 2012)—Feeding the world releases up to 17,000 megatonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, according to a new analysis released today by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). But while the emissions “footprint” of food production needs to be reduced, a companion policy brief by CCAFS lays out how climate change will require a complete recalibration of where specific crops are grown and livestock are raised. Read more

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Climate change could open trade opportunities for some vulnerable nations

(Stanford University) Unlike many developing nations, Tanzania has the potential to benefit from climate change, according to researchers from Stanford University, the World Bank, and Purdue University. In the future, the African country may be able to both increase maize exports and take advantage of higher commodity prices with trading partners.
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Sustainability and Self-Interest

From Stanford Social Innovation Review

John Elkington is an
optimist. In his new
book, Elkington, an
authority on corporate
and coiner of the term “triple bottom line,”
argues that a new set of entrepreneurs in
business, government, and universities are
stepping up and taking actions that will help
us to reinvent capitalism, combat climate
change, and reduce our exposure to toxics. Read more

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