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Climate Change Facts Sheet

July 3rd, 2014 | by Earth Policy Institute

The Earth Policy Institute pulls together a collection of alarming climate change facts that illustrate the need to move away from fossil fuels


Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?

July 9th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

Aquifer depletion now threatens harvests in China, India, and the United States. These big three grain producers together supply half of the world's grain harvest. The question is not whether water shortages will affect future harvests in these countries, but rather when they will do so


Warmest Decade on Record Brings Record Temperatures and Weather Extremes

February 14th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

In recent years weather events have whiplashed between the extremes of heat and cold, flooding and drought. High-temperature records in many places are already being broken with startling frequency, and hotter temperatures are in store. Without a dramatic reduction in fossil fuel use, we will veer even further away from the “normal” temperatures and weather patterns that civilization is adapted to


Expanding Dust Bowls Worsening Food Prospects in China and Africa

December 21st, 2012 | by Earth Policy Institute

When most people hear the term “dust bowl,” they think of the American heartland in the 1930s, when a homesteading wheat bonanza led to the plowing up of the Great Plains’ native grassland, culminating in the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Unfortunately, this phenomenon isn't just relics of the past


Dust Bowl Revisited?

November 19th, 2012 | by Earth Policy Institute

Is a new Dust Bowl forming in the US Plains states and Southwest? State officials say "never again," but agricultural practices in those areas could be creating the right conditions for another 30s-style loss of soil fertility


By the Numbers – Data Highlights from Full Planet, Empty Plates

October 17th, 2012 | by Earth Policy Institute

More than 150 data sets accompany Lester R. Brown’s latest book, Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity. These tables and graphs help to explain the precarious situation in which humanity finds itself, as the world leaves an era of food surpluses and enters one of food scarcity. Here are some highlights from the collection


Heat and Drought Ravage US Crops; Global Stocks Suffer

September 14th, 2012 | by Earth Policy Institute

This Summer's heat and drought are showing their impact on US crops: September estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) show 2012 U.S. corn yields at 123 bushels per acre, down by a fourth from the 2009 high of 165 bushels per acre


This Is Your Global Food Supply On Climate Change

August 11th, 2012 | by Steve Savage

OK, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I think that this year's climate extremes are linked to human-caused climate change. We might not really have the definitive answer on whether that is true for 20 years, but I would like nothing better than to be proven wrong about the linkage I'm making today. From a global food supply perspective, the effects of weather on 2012 food production is problematic no matter what its cause. As bad as it seems, it might just be a "shot over the bow" relative to what me might expect in the future.



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