Climate Change Archive

The increasing vagaries of climate change are already having profound impacts on agriculture and how we grow our food. The short of it is unless we find a way to drastically reduce green house gas emissions while sequestrating more carbon, we’re screwed. Droughts, floods, volatile weather and pests will make it much harder to...
Wednesday’s handshake agreement to possibly stave off cuts to subsidies to insurance companies for administering the crop insurance program was a master class in how to defend federal turf. Food movement types would do well to study and start to replicate the conventional agriculture sector’s response. It was a wonder to behold. While it’s...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas over environmental concerns has driven some residents desperate for extraction income to consider secession. As told by the LA Times: Chief among those decisions has been the fracking ban, Price said. Local disappointment was sharpened by the knowledge that friends living...
On January 3, 2013 in an Oxford farming conference lecture, Mark Lynas declared the science behind the safety of consuming genetically modified crops settled. Lynas is an author, journalist and long-time climate change campaigner. He also had been a vehement anti-GMO activist. The attention Lynas’s “conversion” brought made him an in-demand speaker for agriculture-related groups. The...
The new Republican Senate’s fist move is legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. The bill was introduced today despite the pipeline’s dubious benefits and heated opposition. If passed, Canadian tar sand oil will be pumped through South Dakota. The machinations of pipeline approval also open a window into the craven politics that have come...
Loos Science Tales is an ongoing ROA series. We aim to expose the lobbyists, pundits and politicians who are scientific experts when it comes to the safety of eating GMO crops yet are confused on the scientific consensus around human-induced climate change. John Block Mr. Block has an accomplished bio. He’s a former US...
Loos Science Tales is an ongoing ROA series. We aim to expose the lobbyists, pundits and politicians who are scientific experts when it comes to the safety of eating GMO crops yet are confused on the scientific consensus around human-induced climate change. — Today’s Loos Science Tale takes place in my home state of...