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Science for a Hungry World: Agriculture and Climate Change
NASA
This short, clear introduction from NASA is worth watching.
(5 minutes)

Climate Change and Agriculture
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
What will a different climate mean for agriculture on this continent of extremes? This video (and transcript) looks at what might be expected of the weather, what those changes might mean for crops in various parts of the country, including seafood in the nearby oceans, and what might be done to adapt.
(9 minutes, March 2013)

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For additional (older but still relevant) videos having to do with climate change and agriculture, please see the Archive.

The Great Challenge: Farming, Food and Climate Change
Michael Pollan, NYT Conferences
Food journalist and guru Pollan offers a very good overview of both the climate-linked problems our food system faces and of ways agriculture can help us deal with them.
(30 minutes, 2014)


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Colorado River Basin Study
Bureau of Reclamation and 7 Western States, December 2012
From Denver to the California coast, forty million people depend on water from the Colorado River Basin, and climate change seems likely to have serious consequences for these users. This major study looks at the looming imbalance between supply and demand over the next fifty years and considers various means of coping with the coming shortage. Reporter Bruce Finley's Denver Post article and the Bureau of Reclamation's announcement offer useful descriptions of the major findings.

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Feeding Climate Change: What the Paris Agreement Means for Food and Beverage Companies
Oxfam America, June 2016
This site offers two good resources. One is a set of clear interactive graphics that illustrate, for 17 major food commodities (from rice to strawberries), greenhouse gas emissions, the scale of global production, and associated water scarcity. The other is a downloadable report, also clearly written and illustrated, aimed at food and beverage companies but of broad interest, that considers what is needed from global businesses while keeping in mind the situations of small-scale producers and agricultural workers.

Sustainable Diets: What You Need to Know in 12 Charts
World Resources Institute, April 2016
On this user-friendly site, "To make sustainable diet choices easier for consumers, WRI introduces a new protein scorecard ranking foods from lowest (plant-based foods) to highest impact (beef), based on associated greenhouse gas emissions per gram of protein. Encouragingly, some of the lowest-impact foods are also the cheapest to buy." The full report is here.

Climate Smart Agriculture
Colorado Water, Colorado State University Water Center, March/April 2016
This magazine issue (Vol.33, #1) offers a readable overview of the situation facing agriculture (for both crops and livestock), especially in Colorado but also in surrounding areas, from expected climate changes (both general and specific) to current and possible adaptation actions. A good survey and introduction to this topic.

Healthy Ground, Healthy Atmosphere: Recarbonizing the Earth's Soils
Nancy Averett, Environmental Health Perspectives, February 2016
This interesting and readable story overviews ways to increase the health and carbon content of soil through various farming techniques, including no-till, cover crops, and biochar. While these methods are slowly gaining traction among farmers, there is lots of room for more action on this front.

Why Beef Is the New SUV
John D. Sutter, CNN, September 2015
Part of Sutter's lively two degree reporting project, this informative piece might give you some new things to consider on the question of what you eat. Interesting to read, not the usual take on the topic, and with good links to data.

Giving Up Beef Will Reduce Carbon Footprint More than Cars, Says Expert
Damian Carrington, The Guardian, July 2015
This short report covers a couple of new studies comparing the carbon footprint of different kinds of foods and diets. One concluded that "meat lovers' diets cause double the climate-warming emissions of vegetarian diets"; another (published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) that beef "requires 28 times more land to produce than pork or chicken, 11 times more water and results in five times more climate-warming emissions. When compared to staples like potatoes, wheat, and rice, the impact of beef per calorie is even more extreme, requiring 160 times more land and producing 11 times more greenhouse gases."

Heat in the Heartland: Climate Change and Economic Risk in the Midwest
Risky Business, January 2015
This new report from the top-notch Risky Business research group is important reading, not least for people interested in American food production, as well as cities in the Midwest (defined here as the block from Missouri through Ohio and up to the Canadian border). The "stark conclusion" they come to: "The Midwest economy faces multiple and significant risks from climate change." A good overview from E&E ClimateWire is here.

How Weeds Could Help Feed Billions in a Warming World
Lisa Palmer, Environment 360, June 2014
"A weed is a plant whose virtues have yet to be discovered": so says one of the scientists whose work is profiled in this story. Sometimes wild plants have genetic characteristics that could help their domesticated cousins survive under the tougher conditions likely to increase with global warming, including resilience to heat, drought, flooding, and pests.

The Looming Water Crisis
Barry Yeoman, Saturday Evening Post, July/August 2013
Nicely-written and easy-to-read overview of the history of water usage in the West and current and future challenges. A good primer on the subject.

Reach for the Sun
Mark Hertsgaard, Slate, July 2013
"Photosynthesis, in the form of biochar, may be one of our best defenses against climate change": so says the subheading of this accessible introduction to the potential of biochar (aka charcoal) for pulling and keeping carbon out of the atmosphere, with benefits that also include better soils and crops. Focused on research being done by Cornell University's agricultural sciences.

Peru Eyes Extreme Engineering to Slake Thirst
Sydney Morning Herald, April 2013
Moving water from the wet Amazon side of the Andes to the dry, populated, agricultural Pacific side: expensive, hard, potentially promising for making up the difference as the glaciers shrink as a water source‒and underway.

Climate Change: How a Warming World is a Threat to our Food Supplies
John Vidal, The Observer, April 2013
A succinct but thorough overview of expected impacts of climate change on the world's food crops over coming decades. Good graphics, which are also collected here.

Plant Hardiness Zones
No doubt climate shifts affect what we can grow where. What should these changes look like on those familiar plant hardiness zone maps‒the ones we use to decide which plants to try? To follow the story, check these sites, which deal with maps from 1990, 2006, 2012 and 2015:

Rangelands and Global Change
Society for Range Management
This very clear and readable overview of current and anticipated changes to rangelands emphasizes the need for smart land management to reduce and cope with unwanted changes in land use and productivity, invasive species, atmospheric chemistry, climate, and water resources. For links to journal articles outlining the effects of climate change on seven global rangeland regions, see the June 2008 Issue of Rangelands, "Climate Change and Rangelands."

Suffering the Science: Climate Change, People and Poverty
This clearly-written and compelling report "combines the latest scientific observations on climate change, with evidence from the communities Oxfam works with in almost 100 countries around the world, to reveal how the changing climate is already hitting poor people hard. [It] outlines evidence of how climate change is affecting every issue linked to poverty and development from access to food and water to health and security. It warns that without immediate action 50 years of development gains in poor countries will be permanently lost. One of the most worrying trends highlighted in the report is the impact of erratic weather on agriculture. Poor farmers, who can no longer rely on seasons, are losing crop after crop because of sudden heat waves or heavy rains."
The full report (PDF) in English is 61 pages; the summary/briefing paper in English is 8 pages. Also available in other languages. 2009

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Meat Eater's Guide
Environmental Working Group, 2011
Carefully researched "lifecycle assessments of 20 types of popular meat, fish, dairy and vegetable proteins to determine their full "cradle-to-grave" carbon footprints." The "At-a-Glance" document is the place to start, but there is lots more here as well, including a very detailed full report and many other resources for those who want to eat with the planet's health in mind.


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Agriculture Resources, Cornell Climate Change
Cornell University
This site offers an excellent set of resources, including factsheets, decision-support tools for farmers, videos, scientific studies, and more. Examples are centered on New York but should be useful to many other agricultural producers, researchers, and students.

High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy
World Bank, 2016
Here is the opening of the summary of this rich, sobering, and practical report: "The impacts of climate change will be channeled primarily through the water cycle, with consequences that could be large and uneven across the globe."

Agricultural Adaptation to a Changing Climate
US Department of Agriculture, July 2012, 76 pages (total)
This thorough and readable report pays attention to regional differences and focuses on adaptation. Worth reading for anyone with a serious interest in U.S. agriculture.

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