Your State: Ready for Climate Change?

Read the full story at Atlantic Cities. Whether it's wildfires in the West, drought in the Midwest, or sea level rise on the Eastern seaboard, chances are good your state is in for its own breed of climate-related disaster. Every state is required to file a State Hazard Mitigation Plan with FEMA, which lays out …

Partnerships, cost-sharing are key to agriculture and water quality project

As the Yellow Medicine River winds its course in southwest Minnesota, descending from the prairie couteau to the Minnesota River near Granite Falls, it curls around an 80-acre field on the Doug and Lois Albin farm. The soil is fertile – great for raising abundant yields of corn and soybeans. But the low-lying ground adjacent …

CARD study concludes reduction in ethanol mandate would have minor impact on price of corn

Read the full post from Green Car Congress. A working paper by Professor Bruce Babcock and Wei Zhou from the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University suggests that lowering the US ethanol mandate to a level that can be met solely with E10 would result in a lower price of …

EIA’s new map layers provide more detailed information on petroleum infrastructure

Read the full story from the Energy Information Administration. In recent years, midstream U.S. crude oil infrastructure has adapted to increased onshore oil production, leading to some changes in crude oil and petroleum product movement around the country. To help users understand and keep up with changes in petroleum infrastructure, the U.S. Energy Information Administration …

Smaller Rise in Global CO2 Emissions May Be Sign of Permanent Slowing

Read the full post at Yale Environment 360. Global carbon dioxide emissions grew last year at about half the rate of the past decade, possibly signaling a permanent slowdown of CO2 emissions, says a new report from the Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency and the European Commission's Joint Research Center.

Saltwater-cooled greenhouse grows crops in the Sahara

Read the full story at SmartPlanet. How do you grow vegetables in arid areas? Reverse the trend of desertification, the Sahara Forest Project proposes. The project combines existing technologies — such as the evaporation of saltwater to create fresh water along with solar thermal energy tech — to utilize what we have (saltwater, CO2) to …

Metcalf Institute’s flagship fellowship program to focus on climate change in 2014

Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is accepting applications for its 16th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists: Climate Change in Coastal Ecosystems. The workshop runs from June 1 through June 6, 2014 at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, one of the nation’s premier oceanographic research institutions. The Metcalf Workshop is a unique …