WATCH: Drought-Hardy Barley Could Save Your Beer

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Just in time for Oktoberfest, genetic research on barley could save a staple crop from drought… and keep the beer flowing.

CHART: How Climate Change and Your Wine Habit Threaten Endangered Pandas

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Global warming is shifting wine country straight onto sensitive habitats.

Drought That Ravaged US Crops Likely to Worsen in 2013, Forecast Warns


NOAA predicts tough spring for already struggling farmers as growing demand for water leaves US more exposed dry seasons.

The Surprising Connection Between Food and Fracking

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Synthetic fertilizer operations have a huge appetite for natural gas.

The Agricultural Fulcrum: Better Food, Better Climate


The National Climate Assessment, released this week, predicted increasingly negative impact of weather extremes on crops. But with industrialized farming as a key player in greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, the vicious cycle needs breaking.


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