Why does two degrees Celsius matter to climate change?


At the climate talks in Paris this week, world leaders have a very specific goal: how to stop the Earth from warming by two degrees Celsius.
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Cows watch birds fly past at Harris Cattle Ranch in Coalinga in the Central Valley, California, United States May 6, 2015. It takes 150 gallons of water to make a 1/3 pounder hamburger according to the U.S. Geological Survey. California ranks as the top farm state by annual value of agricultural products, most of which are produced in the Central Valley, the vast, fertile region stretching 450 miles (720 km) north-sound from Redding to Bakersfield. California water regulators on Tuesday adopted the state's first rules for mandatory cutbacks in urban water use as the region's catastrophic drought enters its fourth year. Urban users will be hardest hit, even though they account for only 20 percent of state water consumption, while the state's massive agricultural sector, which the Public Policy Institute of California says uses 80 percent of human-related consumption, has been exempted. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTX1BVDO

Beef industry looks to slim down its carbon footprint


After facing significant public scrutiny in recent years, the beef industry is attempting to reduce its carbon footprint. Continue reading

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) sits with French President Francois Hollande (R) during a dinner with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (2ndR), French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal (3rdR)  and French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius (2ndL) at the Ambroisie restaurant in Paris, France, November 30, 2015. Obama is in France for a two-day visit as part of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21).   REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool  - RTX1WKF3

World leaders meet to address climate change


Talks began in Paris, France this week as leaders from more than 150 countries gathered to discuss how to reduce the effects of climate change. Continue reading


Why climate change is a problem for sea turtle sex


The environment plays an important role in influencing the reproductive cycles of sea turtles, making climate change shifts a growing concern for their future.
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A man walks by a farm in San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba, on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. Cuba, which had been pushing to attract more foreign investment in agriculture even before U.S. President Obama's announcement normalizing relations, could become a significant market for companies like Caterpillar Inc. Photographer: Bloomberg

What can we learn from Cuba’s organic farms?


After the fall of the Soviet Union, the government offered state-owned farms to anyone prepared to grow food to help feed the suffering population. Without pesticides, fertilizer or fuel for tractors, Cubans turned to organic farming. Continue reading

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