Climate change is wreaking havoc on Italy’s olive harvests

March 8, 2019 by  
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Italy is facing a major climate change crisis as the country’s olive harvests continue to decline. Italy’s olive industry has witnessed a 57 percent decrease in olive production, and according to a leading climate scientist, extreme weather is at the forefront of the crop shortage. Olive tree farms across Italy have been devastated by weather-related events this past year, including heavy rainfalls, unpredictable frosts, droughts and powerful winds. All of these weather patterns coincide with what climate scientists have predicted would happen in the event of global warming . Related: Biodiversity decline puts food supply at risk “There are clear observational patterns that point to these types of weather extremes as the main drivers of [lower] food productivity,” Professor Riccardo Valentini explained. Valentini noted that below-zero temperatures are not common in Italy, and extremes like this were foretold through climate change models. Research from the United Nation’s climate change panel also predicted similar weather patterns and indicates that the worst is yet to come. When it comes to olive trees, any abrupt change in temperature can have a devastating effect on the harvest. Valentini explained how a day or two of freezing temperatures can harm the trees and hurt their development. After they have experienced extreme weather , the trees never fully recover and are more susceptible to disease and pest infestations. As a whole, temperatures in Italy and the surrounding Mediterranean have gone up by around 1.4C over the past century, while rainfall has decreased by a staggering 2.5 percent. The changes in weather have cost the country over 1 billion dollars in olive production. Government officials are scrambling to come up with a viable solution but have yet to offer any resources for farmers in the region. Italy is not the only country affected by the changes in weather. The European commission recently predicted that olive harvests in Portugal will decline by around 20 percent this coming year. Greece will take a much larger hit with a decline of around 42 percent. All signs point to a continually increasing problem for European countries, as putting a stop to climate change is proving to be an intricate issue. Via The Guardian Images via vpzotova

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Why Denver Spends Water Fees on Trees

September 9, 2010 by  
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Like many cities around the world, Denver gets its drinking water from rivers and reservoirs, which in turn get their water from forests. Many of those forests, however, are in trouble, putting the city’s water supply at risk as well

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EPA Kicks Off Contest to Cut Waste at College Football Games

September 8, 2010 by  
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging a different kind of trash talk at college football games this year: The EPA wants schools, sports programs and their boosters to spread the word on how to reduce, reuse and recycle.

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Coca-Cola Reveals Lessons Learned from 3 Water Footprints

September 8, 2010 by  
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The Nature Conservancy and Coca-Cola released a report today with the results from three product water footprints. A big takeway: The numbers associated with a water footprint aren’t nearly as important as how its water use impacts local watersheds.

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How to Drive the Smart Grid Forward: Connect with Consumers

September 8, 2010 by  
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We’ve been pushing ahead on smart grid efforts at a very aggressive pace for months, but not without our share of speed bumps and lessons learned along the way. One of the most challenging obstacles to overcome as we move along the road to a smarter grid is consumer education

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How Water Footprinting is More Complex than Carbon

September 8, 2010 by  
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A report published today by Coca-Cola and the Nature Conservancy looks at the fluid impact of the beverage giant’s operations, and finds there are three key kinds of water used in making your favorite beverages.

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An Open Letter to Texas: Don’t Mess with California

September 8, 2010 by  
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Two Texas oil companies have come traipsing into California politics by funding a multimillion-dollar effort to suspend the state’s landmark climate legislation, AB 32. The tactic has inspired this open letter on behalf of the Golden State.

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