Agriculture

07/05/23
Author: 
Damian Carrington
Flamingos walk through a muddy pond in the Fuente de Piedra lagoon, dry due to the lack of rainfall. Photograph: Carlos Gil/Getty Images

May 5, 2023

Extreme event would have been expected once in 40,000 years before global heating, scientists estimate

The record-shattering temperatures that hit the western Mediterranean last week would have been “almost impossible” without the climate crisis, according to scientists.

03/05/23
Author: 
Sarah Cox
BC Hydro secretly handed out more than $430 million in Site C dam contracts, without asking for bids, over a recent three-year period, The Narwhal has learned through a freedom of information request. Illustration: Carol Linnitt and Shawn Parkinson / The Narwhal

Apr. 26, 2023

Beleaguered engineering firm SNC-Lavalin was among the big winners of no-bid contracts for the over-budget hydro project on B.C.’s Peace River, according to documents obtained by The Narwhal

Over the past three years, undisclosed BC Hydro employees quietly awarded more than $430 million in contracts — without any competition — to three dozen companies and consultants for work on the troubled Site C hydro dam, according to a list obtained by The Narwhal. 

03/05/23
Author: 
Joe Fassler
The industry is trying to convince everyone … that dietary change has no role in climate strategy. Illustration: Lola Beltran/The Guardian

May 3, 2023

A Masters of Beef Advocacy program teaches ‘scientific sounding’ arguments on cattle’s sustainability in an all-out public relations war

The US beef industry is creating an army of influencers and citizen activists to help amplify a message that will be key to its future success: that you shouldn’t be too worried about the growing attention around the environmental impacts of its production.

01/05/23
Author: 
Emma Paling
Grocery giants are screwing Canadians—and farmers have proof

Apr. 27, 2023

The main cause of rising food prices is the small bloc of powerful companies who control Canada’s food processing and retail industries

The real cause of skyrocketing food prices is corporate greed and market concentration—and one group of farmers has the receipts.

17/04/23
Author: 
Primary Author: Isabella O'Malley
gas flaring - 2happy/stockvault

Apr. 11, 2023

This story includes details on the impacts of climate change that may be difficult for some readers. If you are feeling overwhelmed by this crisis situation here is a list of resources on how to cope with fears and feelings about the scope and pace of the climate crisis.

22/02/23
Author: 
Richard Heinberg
A parabolic solar cooker with segmented construction

Sane, logical article about a green transition. It mentions "systemic roadblocks" at one point, but fails to consider what is surely the largest--our dominant, global, for-profit, eternal-growth economic system.Which is not to argue that a post-capitalist system will make the green transition a piece of cake. Even with genuine democratic social and economic planning, we'll still need to "get better at using less."

            -- Gene McGuckin

Feb. 17, 2023

21/02/23
Author: 
Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
Researchers have found that adding some types of seaweed to cattle feed can help reduce the methane emitted from their gut. Photo by Jesse Winter/National Observer

Feb. 21, 2023

Trans Mountain Corporation purchased carbon credits from a tiny, non-functioning Alberta startup proposing to produce seaweed-based additives that reduce methane emissions from cows, Canada's National Observer has found.

20/02/23
Author: 
Jake Johnson
Mexican farmers take part in a march against NAFTA on January 31, 2008. (Photo: Luis Acosta/AFP via Getty Images)

Feb. 15, 2023

"Our government is working tirelessly to pad the multibillion-dollar profits of domestic agribusiness corporations by pushing GE corn," said one U.S. environmental group.

Environmental groups on Tuesday accused the Biden administration of putting the profits of big agribusiness over public health and critical pollinators by attempting to obstruct the Mexican government's ongoing push to ban genetically engineered corn.

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