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Environmental News Wrap: Climate Change and Crop Yield; Oil Prices and Politics Water in Our Future, and more…

The Latest Environmental News HeadlinesGlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:

Crop yields are greatly affected by changes in temperature, humidity and precipitation. In the last 10 years it is has gotten hotter and dryer in some crop regions but more CO2 in the air means more productivity for plants. Until now the changes have mostly canceled each other out, but its the future that we are worried about. The New York Times reports on this, as well as The Economist.

Humans are forced to get more crafty as less fresh water is available and the value of what is left increases. Harvesting mist is now being pursued in water barren areas of Africa.

The United Kingdom government revisits the amount that they are spending on subsidizing large-scale solar power. If they significantly reduce the rebate then the solar industry will be dealt a major blow while it is still  just developing.

National Geographic reports on plastic bags and their interaction with our environment and lifestyle.

Sea level has been dropping in the San Francisco Bay Area for several decades now, but that trend is being reversed. Much of the current coastline of San Francisco could be under water by 2050 if nothing is done to safeguard the coastline.

The Obama administration wants more natural gas extraction done on US soil and also wants the process to be safer for human health and our environment. Obama is yet again trying to please everybody, lets see if he can do it.

World population is still growing with Africa possibly tripling in population by 2100. Every new human is an another legacy of resource use. The next generation is critical, and every one of these new humans needs to be able to lead a decent life while using resources sustainably.

The movie Who Killed the Electric Car was a big hit (all about the death of the electric car industry in the 1990s), now electric cars are a big hit and a sequel to the movie is coming out called Revenge of the Electric Car.

The GOP is once again using rising oil prices to call for more oil extraction on US soil and less environmental regulation. Their plan insures that when they do extract oil here it will have the highest possible negative impact on humans and the environment.

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