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Plastic Bag Bans Spreading in the United States
Environment  (tags: plastic, garbage, bag bans, bag fees )

Earth Pol
- 1 day ago - earth-policy.org
More than 20 million Americans live in communities with plastic bag bans or fees. And the number of plastic bags used per year will soon fall as more communities, including large cities like New York and Chicago, look for ways to reduce plastic litter.
World Wind Power Poised to Bounce Back After Slowing in 2013
Environment  (tags: energy, Sustainabililty, wind power, renewables )

Earth Pol
- 13 days ago - earth-policy.org
After a slower year in 2013, world wind installations will bounce back in 2014, perhaps to a new record--the Global Wind Energy Council sees the potential for 47,000 megawatts. Roughly half of the total will be built in China and the United States.
Can We Prevent A Food Breakdown?
Environment  (tags: food scarcity, grain yields, soil conservation, overpopulation, overfishing, food security )

Earth Pol
- 42 days ago - earthpolicy.org
As food supplies have tightened, a new geopolitics of food has emerged--a world in which the global competition for land and water is intensifying and each country is fending for itself.
Generation Gap: Wind Opens Big Lead Over Nuclear in China
Environment  (tags: wind, nuclear, renewables, energy, China )

Earth Pol
- 50 days ago - earthpolicy.org
In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China's wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012, by a narrow margin. Then in 2013, wind pulled away--outdoing nuclear by 22 percent.
Can the World Feed China?
Environment  (tags: grain, imports, food scarcity, food security, China, pork, meat consumption )

Earth Pol
- 57 days ago - earth-policy.org
Overnight, China has become a leading world grain importer, set to buy a staggering 22 million tons in the 2013-14 trade year. As recently as 2006 China had a grain surplus and was exporting 10 million tons. What caused this dramatic shift?
U.S.-India: Dealing With Monsoon Failure
Environment  (tags: food scarcity, famine, India, US food aid )

Earth Pol
- 70 days ago - earth-policy.org
While on a brief assignment for the USDA in India in 1965, Lester Brown pieced together the early clues of an impending famine. His urgent warning to the U.S. and Indian governments set in motion the largest food rescue effort in history, saving millions.
2013 Marked the Thirty-Seventh Consecutive Year of Above-Average Temperature
Environment  (tags: CO2emissions, climate-change, extreme weather )

Earth Pol
- 78 days ago - earth-policy.org
Last year was the thirty-seventh consecutive year of above-normal global temperature. According to data from NASA, the global temperature in 2013 averaged 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit, roughly a degree warmer than the twentieth-century average.
Arctic Sea Ice Freefall Is Mirror Image of Carbon Dioxide Ascent
Environment  (tags: CO2emissions, climate-change, global temperature )

Earth Pol
- 90 days ago - earth-policy.org
The amount of Arctic sea ice has plummeted in recent decades--a bold manifestation of the rise in temperature resulting from the rapid increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.
Peak Water and Food Scarcity
Environment  (tags: water, aquifers, food scarcity, peak water )

Earth Pol
- 99 days ago - earth-policy.org
Although many analysts are concerned about the depletion of oil resources, the depletion of underground water resources poses a far greater threat to our future. While there are substitutes for oil, there are none for water.
Many Countries Reaching Diminishing Returns in Fertilizer Use
Environment  (tags: fertilizer, crop yields, food security )

Earth Pol
- 105 days ago - earth-policy.org
For the world as a whole, the era of rapidly growing fertilizer use is now history. In the United States, the growth in fertilizer use came to an end in 1980. China's fertilizer use climbed rapidly in recent decades but has leveled off since 2007.
 
 
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