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Agricultural time travel: adapting through ‘climate analogues’

Agricultural time travel: adapting through ‘climate analogues’

We often talk about the impacts global warming could have on agricultural production, and researchers have spent plenty of time exploring models in order to pin down threats to particular crops in specific countries or regions. Now agricultural scientists at the United Nations climate talks in Durban, South Africa, have unveiled a new tool that could allow farmers to move beyond models and peer into their physical future. It’s a simple idea. Data from global climate models tell us something about how our climate might evolve and what a given area might look and feel like in 20 years, but  … Read more

Updated: Durban deforestation agreement promotes transparency, scientific verification

Updated: Durban deforestation agreement promotes transparency, scientific verification

Climate negotiators in South Africa struck a preliminary deal on forestry over the weekend, advancing a technical document that lays out what could be the first real ‘rules of the road’ for initiatives that seek to reduce greenhouse gases by curbing deforestation in tropical countries.  Read more

Bridging the gap: political science in Durban

Bridging the gap: political science in Durban

With the first week of the United Nations’ climate negotiations coming to a close, the discussion here in Durban has taken shape. As expected, much will depend on the outcome of a fierce debate over the future of the Kyoto Protocol, but that question has blossomed into an existential free-for-all covering ambitions, intentions and firm schedules that will tie everything together. In other words, negotiators and environmental groups are once again talking about the need for a binding international treaty.  Read more