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High temperatures to hit staple crops in the US this century, study says

soybean plants ready for harvest
Soybean plants ready for harvest. Credit: ghornephoto/iStock/Getty Images

Staple crops grown in the US could see their yields drop substantially by the end of the century as daily temperatures regularly soar past 30°C, a new study finds

January 20, 2017 — Annual yields of maize, soybean and wheat could decline by 49%, 40% and 22%, respectively, compared to yields under today’s temperatures. Continue reading High temperatures to hit staple crops in the US this century, study says

Why we should have fewer children, to save the planet

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Children: so cute; so bad for the environment. Photograph: Floresco Productions/Getty Images/Cultura RF

The Earth’s ability to absorb greenhouse gases without violently disrupting the climate is finite, and each additional person contributes to the total amount

September 12, 2016 — Earlier this summer, I found myself in the middle of a lively debate because of my work on climate change and the ethics of having children.  Continue reading Why we should have fewer children, to save the planet