Agriculture

December 5, 2014--The critical role crops play in the Earth's CO2 cycle (Environmental News Network)

Each year, the planet balances its budget. The carbon dioxide absorbed by plants in the spring and summer as they convert solar energy into food is released back to the atmosphere in autumn and winter. Levels of the greenhouse gas fall, only to rise again. But the budget has gotten bigger.


December 4, 2014--Not enough water for farmers and frackers (Water Online)

A new research report by MSCI Inc. says that in the coming years, there will be a clash between industry and agriculture over water resources. As The Guardian recently put it, "Which would you rather have: lettuce and carrots for your salads, or affordable gasoline for your car?


December 4, 2014--Toledo mayor: US must focus on water quality (Washington Post)

The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, called Wednesday for the federal government to devote full attention to improving water quality in America’s lakes and rivers, describing the toxic algae blooms that tainted his city’s water supply this summer as a danger “doomed to be repeated.” Mayor Michael Collins appeared before the Senate Agriculture Comm


December 3, 2014--Proposed GOP overhaul of California water laws looks dead (San Francisco Gate)

A last-ditch effort by Central Valley Republicans to push an overhaul of federal water policy through Congress during this session met with opposition Wednesday from at least one California senator, all but ensuring that the bill will die until next year. Sen.


November 28, 2014--Human-induced nitrogen pollution impacts oceans (Business Standard)

Human activity, particularly in industrial and agricultural processes, has had significant impacts on the upper ocean nitrogen cycle, a new study has warned.


November 21, 2014--Report links climate change, federal insurance losses (Coloradoan)

Climate change could substantially increase losses in taxpayer-backed flood and crop insurance programs in coming decades, according to a new government report.


November 21, 2014--Farming the Ogallala (KRCC)

Towns are few and far between vast expanses of short grass prairie in Northeastern Colorado. This semi-arid desert gets on average only 17 inches of precipitation every year. But near the farming community of Wray, there’s a feedlot that depends on plenty of water.


November 19, 2014--Coalition releases comprehensive recommendations to help California's cities, farms and environment weather the drought (Water Online)

As dreams of a wet, El Niño winter fade and California heads into a possible fourth consecutive year of drought, a coalition of 15 environmental, fishing and public policy organizations released a set of recommended actions to modernize California’s water system and respond to the drought.


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