Climate Change

Lab-grown meat might be worse for the climate than farting cows

Lab-grown meat might be worse for the climate than farting cows

Scientists and companies working to grow meat from animal cells will need to minimise energy use and avoid fossil fuels if claims that cultured meat is better for the climate than real meat are to hold true, researchers said.

Cultured meat production with high energy inputs could spur global warming more in the long-term than some types of beef cattle farming if the world shunned a low-carbon path, said a study published on 19th February by the UK-based Oxford Martin School.

Warming waters heat up fishing costs along India’s Malabar Coast

Warming waters heat up fishing costs along India’s Malabar Coast

Thankachan Polayalil has been a fisherman for 42 of his 65 years, long enough to remember when fish were visible from land, brimming just beyond the palm trees of the Malabar Coast. Now his boat is equipped with an echolocation machine, but fish still are hard to find – and the catch isn’t nearly as diverse. The anchovies are gone, and the mackerel now often swim in deeper water, making them harder to snare.

Climate change predicted to end truffle production

Climate change predicted to end truffle production

The lucrative truffle industry is set to disappear within a generation due to climate change, according to new research. A warmer and drier climate will be responsible for the decline – which will have a “huge economic, ecological and social impact” – and could be accelerated by other factors, such as heatwave events, forest fires, pests and diseases.

Millions of small Asian farmers miss out on seeds resilient to climate change

Millions of small Asian farmers miss out on seeds resilient to climate change

Millions of smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia are missing out on new, resilient seeds that could improve their yields in the face of climate change, according to an index published on Monday 13th November 2018.

The 24 top seed companies fail to reach four-fifths of the region’s 170 million smallholder farmers for reasons such as poor infrastructure, high prices and lack of training, the Access to Seeds Index found.