Tagged with Agriculture

Farms is Number One Source of Fine Particle Air Pollution: NASA Study

Significant Atmospheric Aerosol Pollution Caused by World Food Cultivation Geophysical Research Letters (2016, v43; doi: 10.1002/2016GL068354) / by Susan E. Bauer, Kostas Tsigaridis, and Ron Miller http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016GL068354/full [Yale Environment 360]  Farms are the number one source of fine-particulate air pollution in the U.S., Europe, Russia, and China, according to new research published in the journal Geophysical … Continue reading

Alternative Futures for Global Food and Agriculture

OECD (This fee-based document is available to RFFers through OECD iLibrary; see library landing page if prompted for credentials) http://bit.ly/1SDlzTB We face the challenges of developing a global food system that will feed a growing and more affluent population while preserving sensitive ecosystems, competing for limited natural resources, increasing agricultural productivity growth while mitigating and adapting … Continue reading

Fooling Ourselves: Voluntary Programs Fail to Clean Up Dirty Water

Environmental Working Group / by Soren Rundquist and Craig Cox http://www.ewg.org/research/fooling-ourselves Drinking water, lakes and rivers in Iowa and across the Corn Belt are in serious trouble because of polluted farm runoff. To tackle the problem, for decades we’ve taken the approach favored by agricultural interests – making federal tax dollars available for conservation practices … Continue reading

Simulating the Impact on Health of Internalising the Cost of Carbon in Food Prices Combined with a Tax on Sugarsweetened Beverages

BMC Public Health (2016 V16 p107; DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-2723-8) / by Adam D.M.Briggs, et al. http://bit.ly/1Pz6qRx Background Rising greenhouse gas emissions (GHGEs) have implications for health and up to 30 % of emissions globally are thought to arise from agriculture. Synergies exist between diets low in GHGEs and health however some foods have the opposite relationship, … Continue reading

The Property Value Impacts of Groundwater Contamination: Agricultural Runoff and Private Wells

US EPA, National Center for Environmental Economics / by Dennis Guignet, Rachel Northcutt, Patrick J. Walsh http://yosemite.epa.gov/EE/epa/eed.nsf/WPNumber/2015-05 There are few studies examining the impacts of groundwater quality on residential property values. Using a unique dataset of groundwater well tests, we link residential transactions to home-specific contamination levels and undertake a hedonic analysis of homes in … Continue reading

Climate Change Impacts and Mitigation in the Developing World: An Integrated Assessment of the Agriculture and Forestry Sectors

World Bank / by Petr Havlík, et al. http://bit.ly/1QVqZZJ This paper conducts an integrated assessment of climate change impacts and climate mitigation on agricultural commodity markets and food availability in low- and middle-income countries. The analysis uses the partial equilibrium model GLOBIOM to generate scenarios to 2080. The findings show that climate change effects on … Continue reading

Cost-Effectiveness of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Measures for Agriculture

OECD / by Michael MacLeod, Vera Eory, Guillaume Gruère and Jussi Lankoski http://bit.ly/1VFwJon This paper reviews the international literature on the cost-effectiveness of supply-side mitigation measures that can reduce the emissions intensity of agriculture while maintaining or increasing production. Sixty-five recent international studies of cost-effectiveness covering 181 individual activities are reviewed. Nine case studies of well … Continue reading

Challenges Facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Complex, Chaotic or Simply Cantankerous?

California Natural Resources Agency | U.S. Interior Department / by Samuel N. Luoma, et al. http://resources.ca.gov/docs/DeltaChallenges-v13.pdf [Courthouse News Service] … A study released Tuesday by an independent panel of scientists called the smorgasbord of problems in the delta “wicked” and “complex.” The report, “Challenges Facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta” detailed the potential for levee failures that could … Continue reading