Tag Archives: climate+change

Drought a Growing Threat to World Agriculture, Food Production

Persistent droughts are increasingly threatening agricultural production, food security and social stability in food exporting and importing nations around the world. World leaders need to act now in order to adapt to and avoid worst case scenarios, according to the UNCCD and WMO.

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Climate Change Mitigation: Heat Builds Under Biochar

A massive effort to turn agricultural waste into biochar and bury it in soils is the only option left open if we're to reduce atmospheric CO2 and mitigate climate change, according to prominent UK scientist James Lovelock. This as Earthscan prepares to publish the first interdisciplinary synthesis of biochar research and practice.

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National Renewable Electricity Standard Introduced in the House

Looking to energy policy to address climate change and the recession, Reps. Markey and Platts have introduced bi-partisan legislation in the US House of Representatives that would establish a national renewable electricity standard along the lines of those established by 27 US states and the District of Columbia. Rep. Markey also introduced a bill that aims to cut electricity demand and create jobs by establishing energy efficiency standards for homes and buildings.

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Clearing Some Confusion on Tropical Deforestation: Is the future that bad?

In a recent New York Times article New Jungles Prompt a Debate on Rain Forests, some confusion arose on the need to stop the loss of tropical deforestation (or at least that is the way I read the article). We provided a comment in response and I recently asked one of the other Smithsonian researchers in the article a couple of questions. Our response …

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Leadership Needed to Address Deforestation Emissions

Today, NRDC joined a diverse group of environmental, conservation, and development organizations; businesses; and leading academics in a “Call for Leadership” to address deforestation (available here and a list of partners here).  Frances Beinecke, our President, helped launch this “Call” with a speech to leading US policymakers from Congress and elsewhere at an event hosted by the group Avoided Deforestation Partners (that I wrote about …

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US Climate Change Envoy in Place and Ready to Negotiate

Yesterday, a ceremony was held at the US State Department to announce Todd Stern as the Special Envoy for Climate Change (see short bio and video of the event). As we outlined in our transition recommendations, it is crucial that President Obama appoint a climate negotiating team early in his Administration. We also suggested that the Secretary of State should play a stronger role …

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