We Must Change Food Production to Save the World, Says Leaked Report

Attempts to solve the climate crisis by cutting carbon emissions from only cars, factories and power plants are doomed to failure, scientists will warn this week. A leaked draft of a report on climate change and land use, which is now being debated in Geneva by the Intergovernmental Panel on …

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Australia’s Capital Cities Face Water Restrictions as Dams Near 50%

Sydney, Darwin, Brisbane and Melbourne are all facing the prospect of dams below 50% capacity after low rainfall and high temperatures across the country. In Sydney, inflows are at their lowest since 1940. Greater Sydney’s 11 dams were at a combined 55% capacity on Sunday – compared to 73% at …

‘More Frequent Rainfall Is Speeding Up Greenland’s Ice-Melt’

More frequent rainfall in Greenland is accelerating the melting of ice formations. That’s according to a new study published in scientific journal The Cryosphere, which suggests warmer temperatures mean precipitation is increasingly falling in the form of rain rather than snow. Using combined data from weather stations and satellites, researchers …

Cuba’s Tobacco Growers Confront Climate Change

Looking at the plain, one-story wooden shacks that dot the countryside in Cuba’s vuelta abajo region, one would never guess that the farmers here grow one of the island’s most valuable natural resources: cigar tobacco. Though Cuban cigars are famous worldwide, the majority of the tobacco that goes into premium …

Droughts Lead to Higher Levels of HIV in Lesotho

Extreme events such as droughts are known to put agricultural communities under pressure. A new paper in PLOS One now suggests that there is also a link between severe droughts and the spread of HIV in Lesotho. A Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment conducted after a 2-year drought in southern Africa …

Prosecco Production Is Destroying Soil in Some Italian Vineyards

Sorry to burst your bubbly, prosecco lovers, but skyrocketing demand for the sparkling wine might be sapping northeastern Italy’s vineyards of precious soil — 400 million kilograms of it per year, researchers report in a study posted online January 10 at bioRxiv.org. That’s a lot of soil, but not an …