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We’re All in the Same Lifeboat Now

Climate change comes for farmers — from Mozambique to Iowa Originally Published on Medium, September 20, 2019 Photo: Brian Strombeck It felt ominous when I was in Iowa in March that both Iowa and Mozambique were underwater from cyclone-induced flooding widely attributed to climate change. I’d studied and written about both places in my recent book. These farming communities are as distant from one another – geographically and developmentally – as they could be, yet there they were in the same metaphorical lifeboat trying to save their families and farms from the floods. I saw the devastation in central Mozambique in June – houses still missing their roofs, schools barely functioning, and

On Climate and Food, What’s the Lesson We Insist on Missing?

Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) in the Republic of Niger, the Maradi Region. (Tony Rinaudo / Food Security and National Resources Team, World Vision Australia) Originally published on Truthout, September 17, 2019 “Food will be scarce, expensive and less nutritious,” CNN warns us in its coverage of the new UN’s Climate Change and Land report. The New York Times announces that “Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply.” Reading these headlines, I’m tossed back to the late ’60s when our culture was gripped by what I came to call the “scarcity scare,” as Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb exploded into public consciousness spewing images of mounting hunger. Really? Are our uns

Follow the Money to the Amazon

Who is profiting from the development that led to these fires? RICARDO MORAES / REUTERS Originally Published on The Atlantic, September 4, 2019. The scale of the crisis is unfathomable: the skies of Sao Paulo darkened with smoke from the Amazon aflame thousands of miles away. A terrifying climate double whammy is upon us: As the forest burns, the trees release stored carbon in the form of greenhouse-gas-inducing carbon dioxide; and as these forests vanish, we lose the carbon-storing potential of the trees. It may seem there’s nothing we in the United States can do, but the drivers of this destruction, including agribusiness and their financiers, are more closely connected to us than we may r

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