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Karen Klassen and her father, George, farm near Manitou, Man.

Group calls for climate-resilient ag in COVID-19 recovery

Farmers faced a ‘double whammy’ of extreme weather and the pandemic this year, according to the group Farmers for Climate Solutions

Farmers for Climate Solutions is calling for the federal government to back financial incentives for climate-friendly farming practices as part of its COVID-19 response. “We think that new investments through this economic recovery plan must also prioritize climate resilience so it’s lasting,” said the coalition’s director, Karen Ross. This year, she added, farmers have faced

Bayer launches carbon capture pilot for U.S., Brazilian farmers

Chem and seed firm expects to expand plan to other countries

Chicago | Reuters — Bayer launched a pilot program in the United States and Brazil on Tuesday that will pay farmers for capturing carbon in cropland soils, making it the latest agriculture company to capitalize on environmental initiatives. The company seeks to enroll about 1,200 row crop growers in its Bayer Carbon Initiative in the


Weather school: Why does it get warm?

A greenhouse is an inexact metaphor for how Earth absorbs and emits energy

Last time in weather school we looked at how heat moves around by examining conduction, convection, advection and latent heat transfer. This week in our weather lesson we’ll start to explore the Earth’s energy balance, or what’s often referred to as our energy budget. Before we can dive into that topic, however, we must first

Maple Leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain says the carbon neutral status isn’t the end of the 
company’s efforts to minimize its environmental footprint.

Maple Leaf Foods goes carbon neutral

The move positions the Canadian company as a global leader

Through reducing emissions and investing in offsetting projects, Maple Leaf Foods has become the first major food company in the world to become carbon neutral, the company announced Nov. 7. “Given the impact that climate change is having on our planet, our vision is one that calls us to strive for continuous improvement by reducing

GHG emissions in the Canadian agriculture sector peaked in 2005 while production has steadily increased.

Canadian farmers have made significant emissions reductions

But their contributions are little understood or recognized, a new report says

Canadian farmers receive too little credit for their progress in curbing carbon emissions that cause climate change, according to a new study. The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) recently released the report, which took full aim at another recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. CAPI says it fails to mention “the Canadian



U.S. government report says climate change will batter economy

Reuters — Climate change will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, hitting everything from health to infrastructure, according to a government report issued on Friday that the White House called inaccurate. The congressionally mandated report, written with the help of more than a dozen U.S. government

Higher carbon dioxide levels could negatively impact the nutritional value of rice, an important crop to many lower-income countries.

Rice’s nutritional value decreases in higher CO2 concentrations

Researchers examine how climate change can impact dietary quality of crops

Rice grown at higher carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations, like those possible later this century, has lower nutritional value, according to a recent study. Notably, some varieties of rice seemed to react differently to increased levels of CO2, say the study’s authors, showing relatively smaller decreases in nutritional value. The finding that rice’s nutritional quality can


Canada’s auditors general say the federal government and provinces are behind their own targets to address the cause and effects of climate change.

Canada lagging on climate change action: report

Emission reduction plans lack details and are late in addressing the issue

Canada’s federal and provincial governments are lagging far behind their targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are woefully unprepared for climate change, a new report says. Canada is expected to miss its 2020 emissions reduction target by 20 per cent and is also likely to miss its 2030 target without a major effort, says