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California is turning farms into carbon-sucking factories

In a grand experiment, California switched on a fleet of high-tech greenhouse gas removal machines last month. Funded by the state’s cap-and-trade program, they’re designed to reverse climate change by sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. These wonderfully complex machines are more high-tech than anything humans have designed. They’re called plants.

Seriously though…

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Monarchs Over Petridish

Global warming can turn monarch butterflies’ favorite food into poison

Louisiana State University researchers have discovered a new relationship between climate change, monarch butterflies and milkweed plants.

It turns out that warming temperatures don’t just affect the monarch, Danaus plexippus, directly, but also affect this butterfly by potentially turning its favorite plant food into a poison…

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Solar And Ag

Combining solar panels with agriculture makes land more productive

Land trusts may want to think about drafting easements to allow for technological advancements of solar and wind, especially in conjunction with agriculture, as part of a combined effort to make farms viable and slow down climate change.

Climate change enhanced extreme weather, pests, and fungus is already causing additional stress on agriculture; solar and wind payments may play a critical role in keeping more farmers and ranchers on the land…

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Understanding the views and actions of U.S. farmers towards climate change

Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA) teamed up with the USDA to provide a summary of research related to farmers’ perspectives on climate change, revealing:

Farmers’ beliefs and concerns about climate change are related to their willingness to adopt climate change adaptation and mitigation practices. Farmers who believe in climate change are more likely to support and/or adopt adaptation practices…

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Barren Farmland

Timing is key in keeping organic matter in wet soils, new study finds

When it comes to keeping organic matter contained in wet soils, timing is everything. At least, that’s what a new study led by an Iowa State University ecologist suggests…

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