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Newly Identified Jet-Stream Pattern Could Imperil Global Food Supplies, Says Study

Scientists have identified systematic meanders in the northern jet stream that cause simultaneous crop-damaging heat waves in widely separated regions—a previously unknown threat to global food production that could worsen with warming.

by |December 9, 2019

Scientists See Fingerprint of Warming Climate on Droughts Going Back to 1900

In an unusual new study, scientists say they have detected a growing fingerprint of human-driven global warming on global drought conditions starting as far back as 1900.

by |May 1, 2019

Researchers Say an 1800s Global Famine Could Happen Again

The Global Famine was one of the worst humanitarian disasters in history, killing as many people as World War II. A new analysis suggests it could happen again, only worse because of climate change.

by |October 12, 2018

Linking Climate Forecasts, Soil Testing for Smarter Farming

A new project combines cutting edge climate science and mobile soil labs for African farmers and service providers.

by |July 12, 2016

Has the Green Revolution Really Succeeded?

Over the past 50 years, human population has more than doubled, but cereal-crop production has grown even faster. Unfortunately, newer high-yield crops are less nutritious.

Farmers in Senegal Use Forecasts to Combat Climate Risks

Recent trainings in Senegal have improved trust between farmers and researchers, leading to increased use of climate forecasts and other information.

by |May 21, 2013

Watering the World’s Crops, Drop by Drop

Dr. Daniel Hillel was recently honored with the World Food Prize for his pioneering work in sustainable agriculture.

by |October 18, 2012

A Famine Foretold

Climate and food security expert Jim Hansen lays out the root causes of food insecurity in East Africa.

by |August 25, 2011

New report: Reducing climate risks with index insurance

We know climate has always presented a challenge to farmers, herders, fishermen and others whose livelihoods are closely linked to their environment–particularly in developing countries. A type of insurance called index insurance shows some promise as a climate-risk management tool, according to the latest Climate and Society publication from Columbia’s International Research Institute for Climate… read more

by |June 23, 2009