The debate over whether climate change is caused by human activity has delayed acceptance of the need to change behaviour.

Evidence for man-made global warming hits ‘gold standard’

Man-made climate change increasingly clear in satellite records and can no longer be ignored, scientists say

Reuters/Oslo – Evidence for man-made global warming has reached a “gold standard” level of certainty, adding pressure for cuts in greenhouse gases to limit rising temperatures, scientists said Feb. 26. “Humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear signals,” the American-led team wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change of satellite measurements of rising temperatures over […] Read more

A cow stands in a field in Grand Bourgtheroulde, France.

Lab-grown steak could be worse for climate than belching cattle — scientists

The production processes and the types of greenhouse gases produced will be a big factor in meat’s carbon footprint

Thomson Reuters Foundation – Scientists and companies working to grow meat from animal cells will need to minimize energy use and avoid fossil fuels if claims that cultured meat is better for the climate than real meat are to hold true, researchers said. Cultured meat production with high energy inputs could spur global warming more […] Read more

U.S. government report says climate change will batter economy

Reuters — Climate change will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, hitting everything from health to infrastructure, according to a government report issued on Friday that the White House called inaccurate. The congressionally mandated report, written with the help of more than a dozen U.S. government […] Read more

Turning over more land to energy production could have implications for food security, said scientists.

All hands on deck in climate change battle

Everyone and everything needed to hold climate line, scientists urge

Thomson Reuters Foundation | London – Last-ditch efforts to hold climate change to the most ambitious target set by governments will likely require using every available technique rather than picking and choosing the most attractive ones, climate scientists say. Dramatically reducing the use of coal, planting huge swathes of land with carbon-absorbing forest or powering […] Read more

The remains of a dead tree are pictured at the almost empty Maria Cristina water reservoir during a severe drought near Castellon, Spain, September 14, 2018.

Weather extremes to become more severe as global temperatures rise

Many more people will face heatwaves, extreme rainfall and shrinking harvests without unprecedented action, scientists say

Thomson Reuters Foundation – Many more people — besides the world’s poorest — will face sweltering heatwaves, more extreme rainfall, shrinking harvests and worsening water shortages unless unprecedented efforts to slow climate change start now, scientists warned Oct. 8. Why it matters: Without stepped-up action, efforts to adapt to the coming changes are likely to […] Read more

Canada’s ag output seen likely rising under climate change

CNS Canada — A new United Nations report suggests just how climate change will reshape agriculture by 2050 — and that Canada’s production capacity stands to benefit. International trade will play an ever-larger role in helping to feed people in food-deficient regions, as warmer temperatures and less precipitation will damage yields in many tropical areas, […] Read more

Editorial: The problem with pricing carbon

I’ve long been a fan of market-based solutions to solve large societal problems. Creating the economic incentives to push societies to make different purchasing decisions is much more efficient than subsidy programs or boutique tax cuts or tax increases, as it limits paperwork and bureaucracy. Being able to make that economic incentive zero-sum for the […] Read more

Community to ‘transform’ Guelph’s Kemptville ag campus

The home municipality for Ontario Agricultural College’s (OAC) former Kemptville campus is set to remake the site as an “education and community hub.” The municipality of North Grenville, which includes Kemptville, about 40 km south of Ottawa, closed a deal in December to purchase the Kemptville ag campus, with the official transfer due to take […] Read more