Europe’s Heat And Drought Crop Losses Tripled In 50 Years: Study
The severity of crop losses driven by heat waves and drought have tripled in the last fifty years in Europe, according to a study that highlights the vulnerability of food systems to climate change.
Research published recently in the journal Environmental Research Letters, looked at agricultural production in 28 European countries — the current European Union and United Kingdom — from 1961 to 2018.
They compared this to data on extreme weather events — droughts, heat waves, floods and cold snaps — and found evidence suggesting “climate change is already driving increasing crop losses in observational records”.
While all four became significantly more frequent over the 50-year time period, “the severity of heatwave and drought impacts on crop production roughly tripled”, from losses of 2.2 percent between 1964 and 1990 to 7.3 percent from 1991 to 2015…
This Man Has Spent 10 Years Caring for Cats Left Behind in Fukushima’s Nuclear Zone
It has been a decade since an earthquake and tsunami caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Since then, Sakae Kato has been rescuing the cats left behind by people fleeing the disaster. Kato is caring for 41 felines on his property and has already buried 23 other cats in his garden. He also rescued a dog named Pochi.
Before the accident, Kato owned a small construction business on land that was in his family for three generations. His connection to the land was part of what made him stay while 160,000 others evacuated. Kato says that his decision was solidified after finding dead pets in abandoned homes and realizing that someone had to care for those who remained…