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Peter Dykstra: A foodie tastes climate change

Some samples of where food is going… or gone.

Pity the poor climate reporter. Tasked to write about the costly future and gloomy topic of climate change, we often turn to food to try to relieve our misery. But in our case, that means writing about it, not eating it.

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Cycads: Ancient tropical plants produce cones in UK for first time on record
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Cycads: Ancient tropical plants produce cones in UK for first time on record

A tropical plant has produced male and female cones outdoors in the UK for the first time in 60 million years, in an event that botanists say is a clear indication of climate change.
'Don't let your guard down.' Tropical Storm Barry is expected to weaken today, but flooding threat remains
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'Don't let your guard down.' Tropical Storm Barry is expected to weaken today, but flooding threat remains

Ludovico Torri woke up Saturday morning to a surprising sight: Lake Pontchartrain was at the door of his Mandeville home, just north of New Orleans.
The Midwest's farms face an intense, crop-killing future
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The Midwest's farms face an intense, crop-killing future

The flooding that struck the Midwest is just one way climate change is causing plants to fail, complicating life for the region's growers.
The Arctic Ocean and Greenland ice sheet have seen record June ice loss
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The Arctic Ocean and Greenland ice sheet have seen record June ice loss

And it may be messing with our weather.
Industrial methane emissions are 100 times higher than reported, researchers say
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Industrial methane emissions are 100 times higher than reported, researchers say

Emissions of methane from the industrial sector have been vastly underestimated, researchers from Cornell and Environmental Defense Fund have found.
Even as floods worsen with climate Change, fewer people insure against disaster
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Even as floods worsen with climate Change, fewer people insure against disaster

The Midwest floods have highlighted a gap in disaster readiness: Fewer Americans are buying flood insurance, even as climate change increases their risk.
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