• Crops face toxic timebomb in warmer world: study

    Staples such as cassava on which millions of people depend become more toxic and produce much smaller yields in a world with higher carbon dioxide levels and more drought. >> Read the Full Article
  • Dams Are Thwarting Louisiana Marsh Restoration, Study Says

    Desperate to halt the erosion of Louisiana’s coast, officials there are talking about breaking Mississippi River levees south of New Orleans to restore the nourishing flow of muddy water into the state’s marshes. But in a new analysis, scientists at Louisiana State University say inland dams trap so much sediment that the river no longer carries enough to halt marsh loss, especially now that global warming is speeding a rise in sea levels. >> Read the Full Article
  • Deserts crossing Mediterranean

    The Sahara Desert is crossing the Mediterranean, according to Italian environmental protection group Legambiente which warns that the livelihoods of 6.5 million people living along its shores could be at risk. "Desertification isn't limited to Africa," said Legambiente Vice President Sebastiano Venneri. "Without a serious change of direction in economic and environmental policies, the risk will become concrete and irreversible." >> Read the Full Article
  • New Law Requires Calif. Landfills to Capture Methane

    A new regulation adopted today will force more than a dozen California landfills to install equipment that captures methane gas created by decomposing solid waste. The California Air Resources Board’s newly adopted measure will also impact other landfills by forcing them to change their operating practices to reduce the amount of methane released into the atmosphere. >> Read the Full Article
  • Castor-oil Plants Genetically Altered To Produce New Bio-lubricants

    Researchers have genetically altered castor-oil plant so as to use it as a factory to produce bio lubricants. >> Read the Full Article
  • Farm Groups Prevail as House Climate Bill Puts USDA in Charge of Ag Offsets

    The Agriculture Department will have the lead role in overseeing agriculture offsets under the House climate bill, a major victory for farm groups that pushed lawmakers to take the lead away from U.S. EPA. >> Read the Full Article
  • Farm insurance may help poor confront climate risk

    Index insurance linked to rainfall, floods can help farms. Meant to streamline payouts for crop failures. >> Read the Full Article
  • Inspiring Vertical Gardens for Small Spaces

    Space is a precious commodity, especially now that so much of our backyard or balcony space is occupied by containers for growing organic vegetables. For those of you out there getting tight on space, but who still want beautiful flowers and plants to look at, consider a vertical garden. >> Read the Full Article
  • House Democrats reach deal on Climate Bill

    Democrats in the House of Representatives on Tuesday said they had reached a deal on difficult agriculture issues in a climate change bill, clearing the way for a vote and probable passage in the chamber this week. "We have an agreement finally," said House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, whose support had been widely sought by House Democratic leaders. Peterson declared he is now prepared to vote for the controversial bill. >> Read the Full Article
  • Destroying Levees in Louisiana

    In the 1960s, a group of businessmen bought 16,000 acres of swampy bottomland along the Ouachita River in northern Louisiana and built miles of levee around it. They bulldozed its oak and cypress trees and, when the land dried out, turned it into a soybean farm. Now two brothers who grew up nearby are undoing all that work. In what experts are calling the biggest levee-busting operation ever in North America, the brothers plan to return the muddy river to its ancient floodplain, coaxing back plants and animals that flourished there when President Thomas Jefferson first had the land surveyed in 1804. >> Read the Full Article