Daily Archives: July 18, 2014

Grim Harvest: Climate Change Sweeps Iowa Farms

Grim Harvest: Climate Change Sweeps Iowa Farms (Op-Ed)

Daniel Glick, thestorygroup.org | July 18, 2014 01:47am ET

Daniel Glick is the co-founder of thestorygroup.org, a Colorado-based multimedia journalism company. He was also one of the editors of the National Climate Assessment, and has written about climate change for many publications, including National Geographic and Newsweek. Glick contributed this article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Corning, Iowa, isn’t the first place that people think of as ground zero for climate-change impacts . The gently rolling landscape in the southwest quadrant of this corn-fed state is punctuated by silver grain silos and carpeted in corn stalks and soybean rows. Farmers here know that sooner or later, commodity prices, fuel prices, seed prices and pretty much every type of weather that comes out of the sky will buffet their business. It’s just the price you pay if you’re a farmer, they’ll say with a shrug — the price of being able to work some of the planet’s most fertile soil and grow food for a nation.

Since he was 15, Ray Gaesser has planted, tended, harvested and sold crops through all kinds of conditions, good times and bad. In his 46 years of farming, he’s learned to stay on top of all the variables he has to juggle, from international trade trends to new soybean-planting techniques. As president of the American Soybean Association, he also tries to keep up with everything from biotechnology advances to biodiesel policy changes.

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Gavin Schmidt: The emergent patterns of climate change


TED

Published on May 1, 2014

You can’t understand climate change in pieces, says climate scientist Gavin Schmidt. It’s the whole, or it’s nothing. In this illuminating talk, he explains how he studies the big picture of climate change with mesmerizing models that illustrate the endlessly complex interactions of small-scale environmental events.

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What is Climate? Climate Change, Lines of Evidence


nationalacademies

Published on Jul 2, 2012

The National Research Council is pleased to present this video that explains how scientists have arrived at the current state of knowledge about recent climate change and its causes. This is part one of a seven-part series, available on the National Academies channel.

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Evidence Of The Extreme Climate Change

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Published on Nov 16, 2012

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Tobias Feakin – The Debate in Europe About Climate Change and the Military

Environmental Change & Security Program (ECSP)

Published on Jul 24, 2012

“We established [the Climate Change Security Program] as a methodology of exposing the defense community in the U.K. and Europe to some of the more nuanced security debates that are going on around climate change, environmental change, and resource shortages,” said Tobias Feakin, senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies (RUSI) in an interview with ECSP.

What they found when they first approached the U.K. defense establishment in 2006, was surprising. “They opened [that] door wide open and said, ‘actually, you know what, we’ve been looking at this, we’ve been concerned about this for a long time, and we’ve already started including it in our long-term planning and strategic thinking.'”

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Climate Change 2013: Greenland Ice Sheet & Northern Polar Jet Stream – Peter Sinclair

Local Future Network

Published on Jul 23, 2013

New climate change science explained by Peter Sinclair, just back from a scientific expedition to the Greenland Ice Sheet. Sinclair explains the feedback effects of melting ice, and the impacts on the northern polar jet stream and mean sea level.

Sinclair leads educators on climate science and created the Climate Denial Crock of the Week video series, which tackles myths about global warming, the greenhouse effect, and carbon dioxide pollution.

Sinclair proposes moving towards wind and solar as the key to jobs and future energy needs.

Recorded, edited, and published by Aaron Wissner of LocalFuture.org

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Hunger in America

  • Aired: 04/07/2014
  • 27:09

Portraits of America’s hungry. Food insecurities from San Joaquin, California’s farmers who do not have enough to eat to a family in suburban Chicago feeling the economic pinch at the dinner table and food deserts in the home and big city.

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