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What plants will survive in your garden? This map plans for a warmer US

About half of the country moved into a slightly warmer zone in the Agriculture Department’s new “plant hardiness” map, an important guide for gardeners. Climate change may be a factor.
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A tangle of rules to protect America’s water is falling short

The Times asked all 50 states how they police the use of valuable groundwater. Their answers reveal why the country is draining and damaging its aquifers so rapidly.
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Robert B. Semple Jr.: America has a chance to make farming more climate friendly

Legislators took a major step in making sure that American agriculture policy has a climate lens going forward. But the next Farm Bill could derail it.
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Michael Grunwald: The climate solution that’s horrible for the climate

Corn ethanol and soy biodiesel accelerate food inflation and global hunger, but they’re also a disaster for the climate and the environment.
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The Supreme Court is crippling environmental protections. Where is Congress?

Will lawmakers allow what one justice called the court’s “appointment of itself as the national decision maker on environmental policy”?
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Deal is reached to keep Colorado River from going dry, for now

Arizona, California and Nevada have agreed to take less water from the drought-strained Colorado River, a breakthrough agreement that, for now, keeps the river from falling so low that it would jeopardize water supply for major Western cities like Phoenix and Los Angeles as well as for some of America’s most productive farmland.

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How global rice farming is being transformed by climate change

Rice is in trouble as the Earth heats up, threatening the food and livelihood of billions of people.

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