Agriculture and Weather News

  • Rainfall changes threaten food production

    The UN’s latest State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) report warns that rainfall patterns will have changed so drastically by the end of this century that agriculture, forestry and fishing will all be seriously affected. “It will become more and more difficult to harvest crops, rear animals and manage forests and fisheries in the same places and in the same way as before,” says ...


    By Climate News Network

  • RainWise, Inc., Spotlights Importance of Agricultural Weather Data

    RainWise, Inc., www.rainwise.com, believes monitoring weather data can assist farmers in making smarter decisions on the farm, especially with planting, harvesting, insect and disease control, irrigation, fertilization rates and crop selection. ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • Climate change raises deadly health risks

    More than half a million people worldwide are likely to die annually by 2050 because of the impact on agriculture of changing climate, according to an Oxford University study on the future of food. The authors say the effects are likely to be felt most acutely in south and east Asia, but that the US will also be severely affected. They identify reduced production and consumption of fruit and ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Mobile app for rain forecasts raising farmers’ yields

    A mobile phone-based innovation that can predict rain is helping farmers in six Sub-Saharan Africa countries sow, fertilise and harvest crops at the optimum time. The innovation is being used in Cote d'Ivoire, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Weather Underground and RainWise partner at Brazilian sustainable agriculture summitt

    RainWise is a leading global manufacturer of reference-grade, innovative meteorological measurement and monitoring solutions for professional, industrial, consumer and custom applications. In business for over 41 years, RainWise is an industry pioneer with patents for the original tipping bucket rain gauge, the first digital weather station and the first wireless weather station. Director of ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • Weather extremes slash cereal yields

    Climate change may have already begun to take its toll of agriculture. New research suggests that drought and extreme heat in the last 50 years have reduced cereal production by up to 10%. And, for once, developed nations may have sustained greater losses than developing nations. Researchers have been warning for years that ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Reliance on trade makes food systems vulnerable

    Boosting international trade may not be the best way to improve food security, as it makes many countries vulnerable to food shortages caused by market fluctuations, according to new research. A ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Wageningen researchers share knowledge during third Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture

    “Something that began in The Hague four years ago as a political discussion has since developed into a large international research community,” said Professor Martin Kropff, Rector Magnificus of Wageningen University and vice chairman of the Wageningen UR Executive Board, at the opening of the third Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture. This conference drew some 750 ...

  • Controlling Weather Extremes – Turning Rainfall to an Advantage

    Shropshire and the surrounding areas are well known to experience seasonal flooding, according to the Shropshire Star.  Whilst wet ground conditions can be a burden, triggering increased costs, lower output and extra work, the advantages of rainfall certainly outweigh the opposite extreme of the weather spectrum. Shaun Jones, rural professional director of Halls, Shrewsbury, explained that ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Wind erosion risk mapped in first ever pan-European assessment

    Over 8% of land in Europe could be at moderate-to-high risk of wind-driven soil erosion, a new study has estimated. In the first assessment of its kind, the researchers produced maps which show wind erosion risk across 36 countries. This information could help guide actions to tackle land degradation. Soil erosion by wind is, to a certain extent, a natural process that has always played a role in ...

  • Climate’s threat to wheat is rising by degrees

    Climate change threatens dramatic price fluctuations in the price of wheat and potential civil unrest because yields of one of the world’s most important staple foods are badly affected by temperature rise. An international consortium of scientists have been testing wheat crops in laboratory and field trials in many areas of the world in changing climate conditions and discovered that ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Forests around the world affected by climate change

    Around the globe, forests are found to be undergoing strong changes due to human influence already today. Degradation of woods due to man-made climate change cannot be ruled out for the future, a Special Feature to be published next week in the Journal of Ecology, led by a team of scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), now shows. To understand and improve the ...

  • RainWise Names New Director of Global Sales

    RainWise is pleased to present our new Director of Global Sales, Alex Birdsall. Alex has over 6 years of global technology business development experience with strong client relationships in many industries, including meteorology, agriculture, engineering, forestry, transportation and energy. His enthusiasm, knowledge and creative mind are a perfect match for assisting our customers to ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • Climate renews famine risk to Africa’s Sahel

    The Sahel, the arid belt of land that stretches from the Atlantic to the Red Sea and separates the Sahara desert from the African savanna, is no stranger to drought and famine. Now scientists in Sweden say the Sahel faces another humanitarian crisis even than in the recent past − with the changing climate partly ...


    By Climate News Network

  • EPA Announces Final Decision to Register Enlist Duo, Herbicide Containing 2, 4-D and Glyphosate/Risk assessment ensures protection of human health, including infants, children

    The EPA is registering the herbicide, Enlist Duo with first-time ever restrictions to manage the problem of resistant weeds. The pesticide is for use in controlling weeds in corn and soybeans genetically-engineered (GE) to tolerate 2,4-D and glyphosate. The agency’s decision reflects a large body of science and an understanding of the risk of pesticides to human health and the environment. ...

  • How vulnerable to climate change is agriculture in the Black Sea region?

    The impacts of climate change in the Black Sea region are likely to affect agriculture in Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey, new research suggests. The number of days of plant growth was reduced in these countries as a result of reduced precipitation, increased temperatures and low capacity for irrigation to supplement water needs. A strong legal framework is necessary to ...

  • Investment in Climate Change Adaptation can Help Promote the Livelihoods of 65% of Africans, finds new report

    Investment in climate change adaptation can help ensure that the impacts of climate change - including a projected 20-50 per cent decline in water availability - do not reverse decades of development progress in Africa, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa (KTAA) - ...

  • Warming threatens to cut crop yields

    Projecting the impact of climate change on global food production is no easy task. A warming climate might result in better crop yields in one region, but cause drought and crop failure in another. A new US study, published in the journal Environmental Letters, assesses the odds of a major slowdown in global food production over the next 20 years. Overall, the study’s authors say, the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Warming Threatens to cut Crop Yields

    Projecting the impact of climate change on global food production is no easy task. A warming climate might result in better crop yields in one region, but cause drought and crop failure in another. A new US study, published in the journal Environmental ...


    By Climate News Network

  • From the Mountains to the Sea: Investing in Haiti`s Environmental Resources - a Cause for Optimism

    Since 2008, UNEP has been supporting the Government of Haiti in the sustainability and effectiveness of reforestation efforts, with a view towards accelerating the country's transition to an inclusive green economy and boosting sustainable growth. These efforts focus on high value trees (fruit trees), the development of renewable energy (including solar and wind), regional cooperation for the ...


    By US Department of Energy

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