If the 2018 assessment’s long-term projections prove similarly prescient, then America is in for a rough century. By 2100, routine droughts will ravage the Midwest, bringing the bread basket’s agricultural yields down to 1980s levels (when America had far fewer mouths to feed). Once a plague peculiar to the West, seasonal wildfires will arrive in the Southeast, where communities and infrastructure are entirely unprepared for such conflagrations. As ozone levels rise and air quality diminishes, asthma and airborne diseases will grow more prevalent. As temperature changes shift the geographic range and distribution of various disease-carrying insects, more Americans will suffer from mosquito and tick-borne illnesses; by 2050, the number of West Nile virus cases is expected to more than double. … [Read more...] about U.S. Ignores Actual Climate Threat, Takes Action Against Illusory Migrant One
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Actually, we’re about there already. Since 1980, the planet has experienced a 50-fold increase in the number of places experiencing dangerous or extreme heat; a bigger increase is to come. The five warmest summers in Europe since 1500 have all occurred since 2002, and soon, the IPCC warns, simply being outdoors that time of year will be unhealthy for much of the globe. Even if we meet the Paris goals of two degrees warming, cities like Karachi and Kolkata will become close to uninhabitable, annually encountering deadly heat waves like those that crippled them in 2015. At four degrees, the deadly European heat wave of 2003, which killed as many as 2,000 people a day, will be a normal summer. At six, according to an assessment focused only on effects within the U.S. from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, summer labor of any kind would become impossible in the lower Mississippi Valley, and everybody in the country east of the Rockies would be under more heat … [Read more...] about When Will The Planet Be Too Hot For Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.
"At a point early in the process we realized this was going to be hard. Were we going to be true to the vision or not? My wife was half my guide and half my tormentor. She beat the hell out of me. She was sitting there going, 'I'm not going to let you screw this up.' " … [Read more...] about Ferry tales can come true / Farmers’ market returns home to inaugurate Ferry Building food plaza
"When we had the chance to sit down with Ms. (Annette) Johnson, your board president, we really applauded her fiscal discipline here. You're one of the highest rated entities in the state of Illinois—in a state that has been under significant fiscal stress, and your district stands out like a cool lake in the middle of the desert. And the buyers recognize that." … [Read more...] about Tomcats Witness Live Sale Of Bonds, Tour Board Options Exchange In Aurora
Peggs is optimistic about raising money for vertical farming. "A lot of smart money and capital is entering the space," he said. "The quality of food that can now be produced in these indoor systems is at least on par with the best organic field grown food you can buy." … [Read more...] about Elon Musk’s brother wants to transform farming