Climate Change

10:12am

Thu March 27, 2014
The Salt

Can The Meat Industry Help Protect Wildlife? Some Say Yes

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 1:15 pm

Fox Ranch, outside Yuma County, Colo., is a 14,000-acre nature preserve and working cattle ranch owned by The Nature Conservancy. The ranch is an experiment in planned grazing, which aims to improve soil health and help ranchers' bottom lines.
Luke Runyon Harvest Public Media

Last week we reported on a new campaign from the Center for Biological Diversity that hopes to persuade Americans to cut back on their meat consumption. Their pitch? Eat less meat and you will help save wildlife.

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6:00am

Mon March 3, 2014
Agriculture

Climate Change Could Benefit Some Invasive Plants

Ellen Nelson has battled invasive plants that out-compete native grasses on her grass-fed beef ranch near Bellvue, Colo. Some climate studies suggest that fight will worsen in the coming decades.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Most climate models paint a bleak picture for the Great Plains a century from now: It will likely be warmer and the air will be richer with carbon dioxide. Though scientists don’t yet know how exactly the climate will change, new studies show it could be a boon to some invasive plant species.  

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11:10am

Tue February 25, 2014
The Salt

Why Farmers Can Prevent Global Warming Just As Well As Vegetarians

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 9:31 am

Cattle graze at a Brazilian Agricultural Research experimental farm in Planaltina in Goias state. To reduce emissions from deforestation, the Brazilian government is experimenting with grazing on integrated forest and pasture lands.
Evaristo Sa AFP/Getty Images

We Americans are heavy consumers of meat, and we're increasingly reminded that eating less of it will shrink our carbon footprint. Growing the crops to feed all those animals releases lots of greenhouse gases.

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3:33pm

Tue February 11, 2014
Environment

EPA Chief Visits Fort Collins For Environmental Roundtable

John Stokes, director of the Fort Collins Natural Areas Department, discusses Poudre River projects with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat.
Grace Hood KUNC

Climate change and how local governments can respond to it was front and center during a visit to Fort Collins Feb. 11 by White House officials and the Head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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3:00pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Agriculture

Climate Change Hubs Created To Give Farmers Survival Tips

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of the research hubs, saying farmers need to be proactive in mitigating the effects of climate change.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

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