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Fixing the Food Crisis

Ertharin Cousin on why global hunger has become so acute and what to do about it.
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If we don't act fast to help smallholder farmers, developing world might soon run low on food

FSE Visiting Scholar Ertharin Cousin discusses protecting smallholder farmers.
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Is it just me, or is it really hot again?

Marshall Burke and Noah Diffenbaugh outline extreme heat impacts to food security and other areas, as well as potential solutions.
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How satellites and AI can fix development data problems

FSE researchers discuss a solution for acessing data crucial for effective development policy.
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In the Media

Minimizing common air pollutant could lead to better crop yields: study

Story featuring FSE research showing pathway to feeding a growing population through pollution reduction.

Electric Cars Could Help Feed the World By Reducing Pollution: Researchers

David Lobell discusses research on nitrogen oxides, common car exhaust pollutants.

What Extreme Heat Means for Crop Productivity

The long-term effects of climate change are concerning for agricultural productivity, David Lobell explains on Food Tank.

Can high food prices turn into global emergency?

Ertharin Cousin comments on how rising food prices could have cascading impacts if necessary steps are not taken.
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Blue Food Assessment provides sustainability recommendations to seafood industry

A report led by FSE and COS outlines the importance of blue foods in livelihoods, nutrition, and sustainability.
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Ertharin Cousin expresses hope that the USDA equity commission can influence the next farm bill
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New Equity Commission Sets Out to Strengthen the USDA’s Equitable Practices

Ertharin Cousin joined in the USDA's new equity commission inaugural meeting.
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What Extreme Heat Means for Crop Productivity

David Lobell talks about the effects of long-term climate trends on crop productivity on the Food Talk podcast.

Innovative Fish Farms Aim To Feed The Planet, Save Jobs And Clean Up An Industry’s Dirty Reputation

Roz Naylor discusses mitigating risks in fish farming.

Podcast: The Ukraine war is crippling the world's food supply, says food security expert Ertharin Cousin

Ertharin Cousins explains how the war in Ukraine will affect food security in developing countries.
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Stanford University: David Lobell Honored With 2022 NAS Prize In Food And Agriculture Sciences

David Lobell was awarded the NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences for work on how climate changes will impact global agriculture.
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#BizTrends2022: South African seafood to make waves globally

Roz Naylor led a study that found global seafood demand has been rising over the past several decades and will likely continue to rise.
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Over 100 Scientists Call on Congress to End Illegal Fishing, Seafood Fraud, and Human Rights Abuses in U.S. Seafood Supply Chain

Roz Naylor is among a group of scientists who urge for greater transparency in seafood and the fishing industry to help end illegal fishing.
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Time for a national strategy on food

Ertharin Cousin co-authored an op-ed for The Hill on the issue of nutrition in the US.
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Global 'Blue Food' Demand Expected to Double by 2050

Roz Naylor is quoted on the effort we need to take in the fishing industry to ensure we can meet growing demand for seafood.
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In Major Step to Implement American Rescue Plan, USDA Announces Membership of Newly Formed Equity Commission

Ertharin Cousin joins a new USDA equity comission.
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Policymakers ‘fail to support small-scale fisheries’

Small-scare fishers need to be uplifted to support the blue food sector.

Investing in aquatic food can fight malnutrition, lower food costs

The Blue Food Assessment shows how critical blue foods can be in fighting malnutrition around the globe.
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Global demand for fish expected to almost double by 2050

"We talk about fish as a monolithic thing, but actually it's highly diverse," Roz Naylor says on the Blue Food Assessment.
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A ‘blue food’ revolution could feed the world without ruining the planet

An array of studies from the Blue Food Assessment show the human and environmental benefits of investing in sustainable blue foods.
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Sustainably produced ‘blue food’ could feed billions of people

Putting energy behind blue foods could benefit nutrition and the climate, according to the Blue Food Assessment.
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A compelling case for aquaculture's role in global food security

The findings from the Blue Food Assessment's paper for decision makers are highlighted.
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Calls for a "Blue Food" Revolution

The Blue Food Assessment's solutions to transform the food system using aquatic foods are featured.
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'Blue food revolution' can help tackle climate change, malnutrition

The latest Blue Food Assessment findings and transformative solutions are outlined.
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Blue foods are healthy and environmentally friendly

The latest release of the Blue Food Assessment is featured.
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Breathing wildfire smoke during pregnancy raises risk of premature birth, study finds

Marshall Burke's research on the health effects of wildfire smoke exposure is featured in The Guardian.
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Drifting smoke from megafires hurts economies far beyond their flames

CBS News quotes Sam-Heft Neal on how wildfire smoke is reversing the upward trend of air quality in the United States.
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Climate Change Is Hitting Farmers Hard

Marshall Burke and Noah Diffenbaugh's research on crop insurance losses due to climate change is featured in Scientific American.
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Cleaner air has boosted U.S. corn and soybean yields, research shows

National Science Foundation highlights David Lobell's research on the benefit of clean air to crop yields.
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Op-Ed: Making blue foods central to global food systems

Roz Naylor writes on the importance of food from the sea in creating a just and sustainable food system for the LA Times.
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Cleaner Air Causes Crop Increase Worth $5bn per year

David Lobell's research finding that clean air led to increases in corn and soybean yields is featured.
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By reducing air pollution we can boost crop yields

David Lobell's research showing that reductions in air pollution lead to increases in corn and soybean yields is highlighted.
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‘Less water means more gas’: how drought will test California’s stressed power grid

Noah Diffenbaugh is quoted in The Guardian discussing his research on the links between climate, energy, and water, particularly during drought periods.
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Letter: China must pivot to consumption-led growth or risk decline

Scott Rozelle's research on skilled labor and educational-attainment in the workforce in China is cited in a letter for the Financial Times.
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Aquaculture advocates want to bring more Oregon-grown fish from farm to table

Roz Naylor is quoted discussing the sustainability of aquaculture and her review paper that analyzed progress in the aquaculture industry.
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Global Food Systems Champ and Forbes Most Powerful, Ertharin Cousin, Leading Change Around the World

Visiting Scholar Ertharin Cousin is interviewed about global food systems change for Today News Africa.
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Across US West, drought arriving dangerously early

"We're already living in a new climate, that is a different climate than when many of our systems were designed and built 50 or 100 years ago." Noah Diffenbaugh comments on worsening drought conditions.
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'New normal' for US climate is officially hotter - and experts see trouble for California

Noah Diffenbaugh explains how the baseline for the "normal" climate has shifted.
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Big Fish Series: Is Aquaculture Breaking Into the Global Food System?

Roz Naylor is quoted on the long-term review of the global aquaculture industry and her presentation at the Big Fish Series.
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That Salmon on Your Plate Might Have Been a Vegetarian

The New York Times covers Roz Naylor's review paper on the past 20 years of the global aquaculture industry.
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China Will Run Out of Growth if It Doesn’t Fix Its Rural Crisis

Scott Rozelle's work on the urban-rural divide in China is cited in an article in Foreign Policy.
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Hunger Is a Weapon of War. Food Can Help Prevent It.

In light of ongoing violence in Yemen, Ertharin Cousin outlines the deep connections between hunger and conflict and how we can approach global hunger as an issue of military and foreign policy.
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Wildfire Smoke Could Be the Main Way Californians Experience Climate Change

Marshall Burke spoke with KQED in an interview on the growing threat of wildfire smoke in California.
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Wildfires having devastating effect on air quality in western US, study finds

The Guardian highlight's Marshall Burke's research on the health effects of wildfires. “The contribution of wildfires to poor air quality has roughly doubled in the last 15 years in the west," Burke said.
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These 6 numbers define the climate challenge in a changing U.S.

Noah Diffenbaugh explains that billions of dollars have been lost each year to changing precipitation patterns in National Geographic.

Acknowleging Blue Foods as Key to the Global Food Puzzle

Rosamond Naylor discusses the path forward for sustainable aquaculture and fishing as an essential part of securing nourishment for all.
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Rising Costs of U.S. Flood Damage Linked to Climate Change

“The fact that a third of the total [flood damage] is contributed by increasing precipitation is substantial,” Noah Diffenbaugh tells Scientific American.
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Study: Wildfires produced up to half of pollution in US West

"From a climate perspective, wildfires should be the first things on our minds for many of us in the U.S.," Marshall Burke said. "Most people do not see sea-level rise. Most people do not ever see hurricanes. Many, many people will see wildfire smoke from climate change."
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Climate change causing one-third of flood damage in the United States, Stanford study finds

"This work shows that past climate change has already cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars, just due to flood damages alone," Marshall Burke tells the San Francisco Chronicle about a new study.
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Bay Briefing: What's behind California's slow start to vaccinations

“People and the ecosystem are being impacted day after day and month after month. We’re experiencing that here in CA. We’re clearly now in a different climate than when our water resources and infrastructure were designed," Noah Diffenbaugh tells the San Francisco Chronicle.
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2020's Worst Environmental Disasters, and How Climate Change Played a Role

Noah Diffenbaugh outlines the contributors to worsening wildfire seasons, including the impact of climate change.
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How Russia wins the climate crisis

Climate change will impact countries differently depending on their location on the globe. Marshall Burke explains how climate change will impact countries' GDP and crop production in a New York Times article.
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Harsh Droughts Can Actually Start Over Oceans

Noah Diffenbaugh explains new research on "landfalling droughts," which start over oceans and move to continents, in an article from Scientific American.
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Study finds seeds made to withstand drought do best in good weather

Radio Iowa reports on a recent study from FSE on the impacts of drought on crop yields. David Lobell explains that techologies are helping farmers taking advantage of good weather but can't always save them from bad weather.
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Rain, snow in California forecast — though climate experts warn of deepening drought

Noah Diffenbaugh is quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on the threat of a worsening drought in California.
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Climate Change Sets a Drought Trap for U.S. Corn

David Lobell is quoted in the Scientific American discussing a new study finding that corn yields are becoming less resilient to drought.
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Apple’s Shifting Supply Chain Creates Boomtowns in Rural Vietnam

Scott Rozelle is quoted in Bloomberg discussing the effects of Apple's factories on rural towns, and how education is essential to avoiding the worst effects.
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3 ways to leverage geospatial insights for the SDGs

Marshall Burke discusses how COVID-19 has affected the collection of Earth data around the world.
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This is the worst fire season the American West has ever seen

Marshall Burke and Sam Heft-Neal's work on the death toll of poor air quality from this year's wildfires is cited in The Economist.
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Damage from California's wildfires estimated at $10 billion, experts say

Marshall Burke outlines how climate change will influence fire seasons and the effects this could have if no action is taken.
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California Wildfires Could Cause At Least $10 Billion in Damage, Economists Believe

Newsweek covers FSE research on the economic costs of California's wildfire season.
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Study Finds Corn Increasingly Sensitive To Drought

A new study from FSE researchers finds that new technologies are increasing corn yields during good weather but that yield losses during drought conditions are growing as well.
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Smoke from California wildfires may have killed up to 3,000 people, study says

Marshall Burke estimates indirect deaths from California wildfires to be as high as 3,000, The Hill reports.
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‘Hidden cost’ of wildfire smoke: Stanford researchers estimate up to 3,000 indirect deaths

The San Francisco Chronicle covers Marshall Burke's estimates of the indirect deaths from wildfire smoke.
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Outlining Solutions To Help End Hunger

Visiting Scholar Ertharin Cousin discusses food security around the world and in the United States and how we can take action in an interview with NPR.
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California’s Nightmare Fire Season Continues

NASA's Earth Observatory reports on Marshall Burke's estimate of the human health costs of California wildfires.
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What Made This a Record Fire Season? It Started With Lightning

In a New York Times article, Noah Diffenbaugh outlines how climate change created the conditions for the eruption of wildfires across California in August and September.
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The Potential Long-Term Health Effects From Smoke and How to Stay Protected

Marshall Burke explains the effects of California's poor air quality and the recent and projected trends for 2020.
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The science connecting wildfires to climate change

Noah Diffenbaugh explains how climate change creates the conditions for more extreme events and severe impacts in an article from National Geographic.
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Q&A: A La Niña has formed. It may fuel drought conditions in the Southwestern U.S.

Noah Diffenbaugh explains the link between global climate change and increasingly frequent extreme events, including droughts and wildfires.
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Outlining Solutions to Help End Hunger

In a radio interview with NPR, Ertharin Cousin discusses global food security and the challenges we face to provide equitable access to food in the United States and abroad.
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West Coast wildfires, Gulf Coast hurricanes: How climate change connects these extreme events

Noah Diffenbaugh explains the connection between climate change and extreme events in the San Francisco Chronicle.
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Bay Area's brutal heat wave might be the new normal thanks to climate change

Noah Diffenbaugh discusses the link between heat waves and human-caused global warming.
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Scorching temperatures in Death Valley will shatter records in West, Southwest

Noah Diffenbaugh comments on extreme temperatures in California and the disproportionate effects on marginalized communities.
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COVID-19 could provide unintended glimpses into operation of complex Earth systems

A Stanford-led study explains how COVID-19 allows researchers to uniquely study the Earth system and make predictions about short and long term environmental consequences.
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Forgetting the Forest for the Trees

A study by Eric Lambin finds that incentives for tree-planting can have adverse effects on carbon emissions and local ecosystems if they do not include protections for existing forests.
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Saharan dust active at home and abroad

An article in Cosmos describes Marshall Burke and Sam-Heft Neal's research on the impacts of dust from the Sahara on infant mortality in Africa.
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Wildfires Are Taking an Unexpectedly Huge Toll on America’s Lungs

Bloomberg quotes Marshall Burke on the air pollution generated from wildfires and the severe effects on human health.
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Air pollution from the desert is causing an 18% increase in infant mortality

Marshall Burke and Sam Heft-Neal's study on the effects of dust on birth outcomes in Africa is highlighted, with emphasis on the broader links between air pollution and health.
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Planting trees could be counterproductive, new study shows

If tree planting policies aren't carefully designed, they could have adverse effects on climate change, according to research from Eric Lambin.
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The Unexpected Benefits of the Coronavirus Lockdown

Marshall Burke's calculations on health impacts from air-pollution improvements during coronavirus lockdowns are cited.
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More dams will collapse as aging infrastructure can’t keep up with climate change

Noah Diffenbaugh comments on the threat of extreme weather events to aging infrastructure in an article from CNBC.

Will we embrace the silver lining of COVID-19?

Marshall Burke's research on COVID-related air pollution improvements is cited.
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Lethal levels of heat and humidity are gripping global ‘hot spots’ sooner than expected

Noah Diffenbaugh comments on trends in extreme temperatures and precipitation and their implications for human wellbeing.
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Earth Day Every Day: Silver Lining Of Pandemic Shows It’s Possible To Solve Climate Change

In recognition of Earth Day, Marshall Burke explains how some consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic show a path for fighting climate change.
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Animal Viruses Are Jumping to Humans. Forest Loss Makes It Easier.

The New York Times highlights a new Stanford study, quoting Eric Lambin on how deforestation has facilitated the transmission of diseases from humans to animals.
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Climate change has doubled extreme fire weather days in California, study shows

CBS News quotes Noah Diffenbaugh on how climate change exacerbates resources and puts a strain on our existing resources and infrastructure.
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Pollution made COVID-19 worse. Now, lockdowns are clearing the air.

National Geographic examines the connections between air pollution and COVID-19, quoting Marshall Burke on the likely lives saved by air pollutions reductions during shelter-in-place.
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Is the Coronavirus as Deadly as They Say?

Eran Bendavid, Affiliate and Associate Professor of Medicine, writes on the fatality rate and fear surrounding COVID-19 in the Wall Street Journal.
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Machine-Learning Research from Stanford, Toyota Bolsters EV Battery Design

A team led by Stefano Ermon drastically decreased the time needed to test batteries for electric vehicles, helping advance future sustainable transportation.
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Satellite images show emissions drops over European cities amid coronavirus lockdown

The Independent shows the connection between Marshall Burke's analysis of air pollution impacts in China and recent trends in Europe.
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We can no longer rely on historical data to predict extreme weather

Popular Science highlights Noah Diffenbaugh's new research on using historic trends along with climate models of the future for extreme event attribution.
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Buy a home on an American floodplain and you'll overpay

Recent research from Marshall Burke looks at the impacts of flood plain designations on home prices.

As the climate heats up, planners urged to look beyond history to judge risks

A new study from Noah Diffenbaugh examines the accuracy of historic climate trends and future climate models in predicting extreme events. This has implications for building sound infrastructure.

Could the coronavirus actually be saving lives in some parts of the world because of reduced pollution?

USA today reports on Marshall Burke's estimate that lives saved from better air quality could outpace deaths from coronavirus in some parts of the world.
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New Evidence Shows How COVID-19 Has Affected Global Air Pollution

Marshall Burke estimates how reduced air pollution from coronavirus shutdowns could be saving lives, as highlights in Science Alert.
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Study: Coronavirus Lockdown Likely Saved 77,000 Lives In China Just By Reducing Pollution

An article in Forbes outlines calculations by Marshall Burke on the health benefits of reduced air pollution in China as people stay indoors to prevent the spread of coronavirus
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The Unexpected Impact Of A Pandemic On The Environment

As people practice social distancing and many businesses temporarily close due to coronavirus, Marshall Burke examines the impacts on air quality and health.

Emissions are down thanks to coronavirus, but that's bad

Marshall Burke discusses the health impacts of reduced air pollution during coronavirus.
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New Satellite Video Shows China Pollution Vanishing During COVID-19 Lockdown—Then Coming Back

Marshall Burke comments on the decline and then subsequent rise of air pollution in China during the coronavirus quarantine.
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The Crop Software Behind Your Daily Cup of Coffee

David Lobell explains how climate change will cause the most extreme temperature increases in dry, tropical regions.
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Dinner As We Know it Is Hurting the Planet. But What If We Radically Rethink How We Make Food?

Many startups are working to develop technology that they hope will revolutionize agriculture and help the planet, but, David Lobell tell TIME, changing the global food system takes time.

Study finds that reducing soil tilling helps both soils and yields

Tilling is a long standing and widely used agricultural practices that many farmers are hesitant to abandon. New research shows that reduced tilling can lead to higher yields and greater soil health.
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Climate Change Will Affect Rice Crops, Study Finds

Climate change presents several issues for the future of rice production, including lower yields and higher concentrations of dangerous arsenic. Scott Fendorf is quoted on his research into this issue.

Less ploughing leads to higher crop yields

Jillian Deines is quoted in Cosmos discussing the potential positive yield impacts of reduced tilling and why some farmers have been hesitant to adopt the practice.
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Climate simulations are mostly accurate, study finds

The San Francisco Chronicle quotes Noah Diffenbaugh on the importance of having accurate climate models.

Safari Fang and Nikhil Srinivasapura Venkateshmurthy Talk Oceans and Food

Roz Naylor moderates a panel on the role of oceans in global food systems at the 2019 Planetary Health Annual Meeting.
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A Scary Year for Climate Change

A paper by Marshall Burke and Noah Diffenbaugh on economic inequality resulting from climate change makes the list of "devastating climate reports" from the past year.
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California farms, ranches strive to adapt as climate warms — it’s a matter of survival

The San Francisco Chronicle quotes Chris Field on his research projecting future crop yields across California under different climate scenarios.
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Climate change could trigger a global food crisis, new U.N. report says

Roz Naylor discusses the stresses that cereal crops will face as global temperatures continue to rise.
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Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, To Headline Fifth-Annual Forbes AgTech Summit In Salinas, CA

Ertharin Cousin speaks at an agricultural technology event.
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New research accurately predicts Australian wheat yield months before harvest

Article quoting David Lobell on new wheat yield prediction research.
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Measuring economic well-being from space

David Lobell and Marshall Burke write in Agrilinks on the variety of uses for newly-available satellite imagery.
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Building Accurate Maize Yield Maps For Smallholders With Google Earth Engine

NASA Harvest on research by David Lobell and Marshall Burke using Google Earth Engine to build high-resolution maize maps for the 2017 season in Kenya and Tanzania.
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Planet partners with Stanford University to provide subscription access

Planet, an organization dedicated to mapping and GIS has announced its partnership with Natural Capital Project and The Center on Food Security and the Environment.
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Using Satellites to Understand and Improve Food Security

David Lobell and Marshall Burke writing in Agrilinks on using satellite data to improve food security outcomes.

The American Midwest Will Feed a Warming World. But for How Long?

The Medium featuring quotes and research by David Lobell and Marshall Burke on climate change and the corn belt
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Global Wealth Gap Would Be Smaller Today Without Climate Change, Study Finds

Marshall Burke and Noah Diffenbaugh's research featured in The New York Times.
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Big Data Has Transformed Agriculture—In Some Places, Anyway

David Lobell writes a piece in Scientific American on the unequal distribution of global agricultural data.
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The Climate Benefits of the Green New Deal

Marshall Burke and Noah Diffenbaugh write a piece in Scientific American on the Green New Deal.

Hitting toughest climate target will save world $30tn in damages, analysis shows

The Guardian quotes Marshall Burke and Noah Diffenbaugh citing their research on the benefits of climate change mitigation far outweighing the costs.
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Climate change projected to boost insect activity and crop loss, researchers say

University of Washington News quotes Roz Naylor and cites research.