The real reason some scientists downplay the risks of climate change

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/25/the-real-reason-some-scientists-downplay-the-risks-of-climate-change “To scientists, we suggest that you should not view consensus as a goal. Consensus is an emergent property, something that may come forth as the result of scientific work, discussion and debate. When that occurs, it is important to articulate the consensus as clearly and specifically as possible. But where there are substantive differencesContinue reading “The real reason some scientists downplay the risks of climate change”

‘I’m standing here in the middle of climate change’: How USDA is failing farmers

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/15/im-standing-here-in-the-middle-of-climate-change-how-usda-fails-farmers-043615 It upsets me that this is where we are now. We had time to prepare. But now we’re running out of road, fast. Image: Record-setting rainfall caused widespread agricultural disaster. Record-breaking rainfalls across the country overwhelmed farmers at the height of planting season, causing widespread agricultural disaster and preventing nearly 20 million acres ofContinue reading “‘I’m standing here in the middle of climate change’: How USDA is failing farmers”

FABLE Calculator is online

The Scenathon’s main implementation tool, the FABLE Calculator, is now online and open-source*. Find the documentation here and Calculator here. This tool uses data from public sources (e.g., FAO, ESA, WorldBank) and computes, from the ground up, land-use and land-use change by crop production type (e.g., cropland, pasture, forest), daily kilocalories produced (as well asContinue reading “FABLE Calculator is online”

Parisians converting food waste into compost

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/business-49844490/parisians-fight-climate-change-with-a-surprising-weapon What they’re not saying is that this helps put bioavailable nitrogen and carbon back into the soil, reducing dependence on chemical fertilizers, which come from fossil fuels. Compost is a valuable resource, particularly with more people deciding to source their food closer to home (it’s bulkier than chemical fertilizers to transport). And at scale,Continue reading “Parisians converting food waste into compost”

Food and Land Use Coalition 2019 Global Report

The Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) has just released its own report, Growing Better: Ten Critical Transitions to Transform Our Food and Land Use. FOLU is the big bird under whose wing FABLE (my current project) lives. I had a small contribution to this, but little compared to my colleagues at IIASA, Andre Deppermann,Continue reading “Food and Land Use Coalition 2019 Global Report”

Glen MacDonald elected to the Royal Society of Canada

For a Canadian, this is kind of a big deal. Congratulations, félicitations, & meala-naidheachd, Glen! Glen is a distinguished professor in the departments of geography and ecology & evolutionary biology (EEB) at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he holds the John Muir Memorial Chair in Geography. He has done a lot of work reconstructing HoloceneContinue reading “Glen MacDonald elected to the Royal Society of Canada”

New York Magazine: How Trump’s False Dorian Forecast Sparked a Crisis at NOAA

This is just ludicrous. I am visiting the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) for a workshop, and some of the other attendees brought this story up last night. The Sharpie edit to the hurricane path looks like a meme, or a cartoon of a meme. But that NOAA staff would contravene a statementContinue reading “New York Magazine: How Trump’s False Dorian Forecast Sparked a Crisis at NOAA”