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Menopausal Mother Nature

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French Police Guard Water as Seasonal Drought Intensifies

MAUZÉ-SUR-LE-MIGNON, France — Wearing bulletproof vests and carrying guns, the gendarmes appear suddenly in the middle of farm fields misted by morning rain. They stand behind two fences equipped with security cameras and overhead lights, looking every bit like prison…

Puerto Rico y la autosuficiencia alimentaria

El huracán María ocasionó pérdidas de alrededor de 780 millones de dólares en valor agrícola en Puerto Rico. Miles de hectáreas de plantaciones de café, plátano y plátano macho desaparecieron. Pero en las zonas en las que persiste la pequeña…

Jordan Is Running Out of Water, a Grim Glimpse of the Future

AMMAN, Jordan — Residents of Jordan, one of the driest countries in the world, have long been accustomed to a household water supply of only about 36 hours a week. But recently, even that meager flow has been curtailed by…

What Hurricanes Taught Puerto Rico About Feeding Itself

Hurricane Maria wiped out an estimated $780 million in agricultural value in Puerto Rico. Thousands of acres of coffee, banana and plantain farms were flattened. But in areas where small, subsistence-style farming has persisted, some crops survived, especially the many…

He’s an Outspoken Defender of Meat. Industry Funds His Research, Files Show.

In 2019, three dozen leading researchers sounded a stark warning in a prominent scientific journal: To fight climate change and improve human health, the world needed to dramatically cut back on eating red meat. The findings were quickly attacked by…

Nigeria Floods Kill Hundreds and Displace Over a Million

Nigeria’s minister of humanitarian affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq, blamed the scale of the disaster on the failure by branches of government other than her own to take action. “There was enough warning and information about the 2022 flood, but states,…

In Face of Drought, the Netherlands Reserves Course to Save Water

Gertjan Zwolsman, a policy adviser and researcher at Dunea, a drinking-water company that supplies 1.3 million people around The Hague, and his colleagues are exploring methods for pumping up and treating the brackish water beneath the Netherlands’ sandy coastal dunes….

My Elders in Pakistan Predicted Calamity. Now It’s Here.

Pakistan’s dam-building frenzy dates back to the 1960s and has carried on apace, serving the energy needs of the upriver Punjab Province and disregarding the lives of us downriver, in Sindh. The dams have radically increased our vulnerability to climate…

How Farmers in Colorado Are Taking Care of Their Mental Health

Aching from a string of farmer suicides and other mental health challenges, neighbors in rural eastern Colorado are learning how to check in on one another. But as the drought drags on, is talking enough? Oct. 6, 2022, 5:00 a.m….

Protecting the Peatlands of Ireland as Fuel Costs Skyrocket

LULLYMORE, Ireland — For centuries, the Irish have used peat from bogs to fuel the home fires. Stories of families coming together to bring home “the turf,” as peat is called in Ireland, evoke idyllic memories of a poorer, but…

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