Climate change and agriculture

Poop from the rhinoceros beetle makes for cleaner fertilizer. 

This Colombian company is trying to convince farmers to use beetle poop fertilizer

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Human-made fertilizers boost crop production, making it easier to feed more people with the same land. But chemical fertilizers made from ammonia and other chemicals can cause pollution. Beetle poop is cleaner and helps farmers reduce their carbon footprint.

Cattle graze on land recently burned and deforested by cattle farmers near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil.

World leaders pledged to end forest loss. What will it take?

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An Indian farmer harvests vegetables from a field in Kanachak village, on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. 

Climate and human security: Part II

Critical State
Women sit on the ground wearing colorful head wraps waiting for aid.

A month after Cyclone Idai, governments struggle to secure crucial recovery funds

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Bangladesh flooded farms.

A climate migration crisis is escalating in Bangladesh

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A woman wearing a purple scarf stands in a field holding maize stems

World hunger is on the rise again, and climate change is a culprit

Some 821 million people now face food insecurity, raising numbers to the same level as almost a decade ago. The situation is worsening in South America, Central Asia and most regions of Africa, according to the UN’s annual food security report. A resurgence in the use of “cover crop” and nanotechnologies may mitigate climate change impacts.

Corn, or maize

The global corn crop is vulnerable to the effects of climate change

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A global crop failure could have catastrophic consequences. Right now, such an event seems unlikely. But if the world continues to warm at its current pace, it becomes ever more possible.