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Deforestation and land-clearing are taking a toll on Brazil’s corn yield

(Dartmouth College) Brazil is one of the top three producers of both soy and corn globally, and its agricultural sector accounts for one-fifth of the country’s economy. Deforestation and land-clearing practices have long been linked to decreases in biodiversity, and increases in temperature, stream flow, fire occurence, and carbon dioxide emissions. According to a Dartmouth study published in Nature Sustainability, these land-clearing practices in Brazil are also altering the climate and can significantly reduce corn yields

Global Warming Shortens Spring Feeding Season for Mule Deer in Wyoming – InsideClimate News

Global warming presents a new and growing threat to lands where deer and antelope play. Droughts across the mountains and plains of Wyoming can cut the spring growing season from four months to two. That dries up nutrient-rich green grasses…

Who is really to blame for climate change? – BBC News

However, negotiations to divvy out the deep emissions cuts the world needs in a “fair” way have proven a political nightmare, with richer, more polluting countries backing out of strong commitments and talks falling through time and time again. Eventually,…


EXTREME WEATHER: Few Midwesterners own flood insurance — report

In many major Midwestern cities, only a tiny percentage of homeowners at risk of flooding have flood insurance, according to a new report that shows a huge variation in flood coverage across the U.S.


GULF OF MEXICO: Dead zone prediction: Larger than average, not near record

High rivers and high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from farm and urban runoff mean a larger-than-average oxygen-starved “dead zone” is likely this year in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers said Wednesday.


EXTREME WEATHER: ‘Green infrastructure’ can be cheaper than dams — report

Hundreds of studies on nature-based solutions to extreme events show that “green infrastructure” is often cheaper and more effective than engineered projects like dams, levees and sea walls, according to a new analysis.


Vital buffers against climate change are just offshore

A new study finds that about 31 million people worldwide live in coastal regions that are ‘highly vulnerable’ to future tropical storms and sea-level rise driven by climate change. But in some of those regions, powerful defenses are located just offshore, in the forms of mangroves and coral reefs, key buffers that could help cushion the blow against future tropical storms and rising waters.