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Past articles by Georgina:

As Emissions From Agriculture Rise and Climate Change Batters American Farms, Congress Tackles the Farm Bill

When Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) took to the stage at a recent conference in Washington, he made an urgent plea—a call for transformation that he framed as a moonshot. “They thought Martin Luther King was a dreamer,” Booker said. “They thought all the great activists were dreamers. We are dreamers, yes. But that’s what […] → Read More

Deep in the Democrats' Climate Bill, Analysts See More Wins for Clean Energy Than Gifts for Fossil Fuel Business

Although Senate leaders have included plenty of favors for the fossil fuel industry in the big climate package they hope to advance this week, most analysts have concluded these concessions amount to consolation prizes in a deal where clean energy is the clear winner. At least three separate analyses by think tanks and academic institutions […] → Read More

New Reports Show Forests Need Far More Funding to Help the Climate, and Even Then, They Can’t Do It All

As government leaders and forestry experts gathered in South Korea this week to discuss the state of the world’s forests, new research suggests that ambitious international efforts to curb deforestation are making insufficient progress and the planet’s trees continue to disappear. On Wednesday, an international consortium of researchers released an assessment of the sweeping United […] → Read More

Complex Models Now Gauge the Impact of Climate Change on Global Food Production. The Results Are ‘Alarming’

Inside dozens of bankers boxes, stacked high in a storage locker in New York City, Cynthia Rosenzweig has stashed the work of decades: Legal pads covered in blue-inked cursive with doodles in the margins, file folders marked “potato,” graph paper with notations of rainfall in Nebraska and Kansas. Rosenzweig has worked at NASA’s Goddard Institute […] → Read More

Trees Fell Faster in the Years Since Companies and Governments Promised to Stop Cutting Them Down

In the seven years since governments and corporations promised to stop deforestation, the clear cutting of critically important tropical forests has instead increased by more than 50 percent, a new report shows, with commercial agriculture driving most of the increase. The report, released Tuesday by the conservation group Forest Trends, tracks deforestation, legal and illegal, […] → Read More

As Extreme Weather Batters America’s Farm Country, Costing Billions, Banks Ignore the Financial Risks of Climate Change

Since the early 1980s, Dale Murden has grown citrus in the tip of southern Texas, where the Rio Grande winds through a sun-baked floodplain across the border into Mexico. Murden cruises his groves in a John Deere Gator, often accompanied by Blue and Blanca—his “wonder rescue” dogs, as he calls them—past trees he planted years […] → Read More

The Best Protection For Forests? The People Who Live In Them.

Vast forests across Latin America and the Caribbean that are critical for storing carbon and conserving biodiversity are under increasing assault from logging, mining and ranching. But the best defense to this deforestation lies with the people who have lived in the forests for hundreds or even thousands of years, a newly-released report from the […] → Read More

Biden Climate Plan Looks For Buy-in From Farmers Who Are Often Skeptical About Global Warming

When the incoming Biden administration released its policy roadmap in November, it was clear that tackling climate change would be a top priority and agriculture will be a key part of a broad, cross-agency effort. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the administration said, “has not historically received the sustained political attention of other agencies that […] → Read More

An Unlikely Alliance of Farm and Environmental Groups Takes on Climate Change

The new group will try to advance climate policies, even as some of its members are likely to clash. Critics say the group’s efforts won’t go far enough. → Read More

With Biden’s Win, Climate Activists See New Potential But Say They’ll ‘Push Where We Need to Push’

Advocacy groups are preparing for the challenges of a likely Republican Senate and planning their next moves. → Read More

Empty Grocery Shelves and Rotting, Wasted Vegetables: Two Sides of a Supply Chain Problem

Covid-19 and climate change are testing a food system that critics say has lost its resilience. → Read More

Polluting Industries Cash-In on COVID, Harming Climate in the Process

Airlines, farmers and plastic bag makers look for relief amid the pandemic. But the coal industry, and wind and solar energy concerns, lose out in the relief bill. → Read More

As Beef Comes Under Fire for Climate Impacts, the Industry Fights Back

In at least two states this year, beef and dairy industries have successfully beat back government food initiatives linking livestock to global warming. → Read More

As Amazon Fires Burn, Pope Convenes Meeting on the Rainforests and Moral Obligation to Protect Them

Two of the most powerful forces in Brazil, the president and the pope, are pulling in opposite directions on an issue critical to climate change. → Read More

Can a Climate Conscious Diet Include Meat or Dairy?

It depends on where you live, two new studies say. → Read More

Deforestation Is Getting Worse, 5 Years After Countries and Companies Vowed to Stop It

As fires in the Amazon draw attention to the problem, critics say big agribusinesses aren't doing enough to stop deforestation in their supply chains. → Read More

Top CDC Health and Climate Scientist Files Whistleblower Complaint

He’s one of several federal scientists working on climate change who say they have been silenced, sidelined or demoted under the Trump administration. → Read More

These Candidates See Farming as a Climate Solution. Here’s What They're Proposing.

Democratic front-runner Joe Biden has one of the more ambitious rural climate-related goals, but could his plan actually achieve net-zero emissions? → Read More

World Hunger Rises with Climate Shocks, Conflict and Economic Slumps

A UN report shows an estimated 2 billion people now face moderate or severe food insecurity as the planet warms. → Read More

Algae Blooms Fed by Farm Flooding Add to Midwest's Climate Woes

All that water has flushed vast amounts of fertilizer and manure into waterways, triggering a potentially unprecedented season of algae blooms. → Read More