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New Policy Briefs: New Zealand Farmers' Climate Change Attitudes

By Meredith Niles - Posted on 10 March 2013

Today the Center is releasing two new policy briefs outlining the first key details in the New Zealand Climate Change and Agriculture project. The study involved a series of interviews with farmers, agricultural industry professionals and local policymakers as well as a survey of farmers in the Hawkes Bay and Marlborough regions of New Zealand between July-October 2012.

Initial results suggest some clear similarities between New Zealand farmers and California farmers (as reported earlier). For example, in Hawkes Bay and Marlborough, New Zealand 51% and 53% of farmers respectively believe the global climate is changing. In California, 54% of farmers agreed with this statement. As well, there are similar patterns for the role of humans in climate change- 37% in Hawkes Bay and 45% in Marlborough agree that humans have a role in climate change; in California this number was 35%.

How Should We Spend Our Climate Dollar?

By Mark Lubell - Posted on 08 March 2013

How should we spend our climate dollar: mitigation or adaptation?

Well, the climate change bad news continues to roll in. The Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii has recorded another large rise in CO2 emissions, raising the total to 395ppm. A new peer reviewed analysis suggests that Annex I countries (the developed countries who are party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change)would have to reduce their emissions levels to 50% below 1990 levels by 2020, to have a medium chance to keep warming at only 2 degrees centigrade.

Dispatch: Coordination and cooperation in Kenya

By Matthew Hamilton - Posted on 17 December 2012

For the past week, I’ve been helping to facilitate a workshop on the use of remote sensing for climate change adaptation in East Africa. The workshop is actually part of a NASA and USAID research fellowship program for university students from all over eastern and southern Africa, who are carrying out projects on climate change dimensions of food security, flood control and biodiversity conservation. We’ve been based at the headquarters of the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD). Also based here is a program called SERVIR-Africa and together, the organization and the program have been leading a number of efforts to increase adaptive capacity in East Africa.

Meredith's Research on Climate Change and Agriculture Project Featured in Climate Wire

By Mark Lubell - Posted on 08 November 2012

Project Reference: 
Climate Change and Agriculture

The Yolo County climate change project was recently featured on some national environmental news outlets. We are now part of the national network of researchers working on these issues.

"We have structure-to-structure ignition": When Climate Change Hits Home

By Mark Lubell - Posted on 26 June 2012

Updating now at 10:26pm Pacific Time. There is only so much you can take before you need a break.

This is climate change.

It is 7:26pm Pacific Time on June 26, 2012. I'm watching a live video feed of the Waldo Canyon Fire barelling towards my parent's house in Colorado Springs, CO. It is quite possible that by the time I finish this blog post, their home could be on fire. They had to endure gridlock to make it to a friend's house. I grew up in this neighborhood, and already several landmarks are gone. This will be the largest natural disaster in Colorado history most likley...unless something worse happens before the fire season is over (it is only June).

So what can we learn about climate change from a disaster like this?

Could climate change warm your chardonnay?

By Matthew Hoffman - Posted on 24 May 2012

Iowa Public Radio recently published a short article exploring how Lodi winegrape growers are perceiving and adapting to climate change. This article is part of a larger series on climate change in California agriculture. Aaron Lange, a fifth generation Lodi winegrape grower who serves as an adviser to our Center's sustainable viticulture research project was one of the growers interviewed. The article can be viewed here: http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/1066/could-climate-change-warm-you...

Dispatch: Climate Adaptation in Southern California...oops...I mean Perth, Western Australia

By Mark Lubell - Posted on 24 February 2011

I'm currently staying in Fremantle (Freo), which is a little suburb of Perth in Western Australia. I'm here to work on designing a study of regional climate adaptation in the Swan-Canning watershed (here is a nice link to the Water Corporation's "Water Forever" program focused on the Perth region: http://www.thinking50.com.au/go/water-forever-home). I'm partnering with the CSIRO climate adaptation flagship (http://www.csiro.au/org/ClimateAdaptationFlagship.html), and Garry Robbins from University of Melbourne.

NEWSLETTER Volume 1

By Meredith Niles - Posted on 05 January 2011

The first in our series of newsletters featuring articles and commentary from the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior.

Meredith Niles Appointed to Climate Action Reserve Workgroup

By Mark Lubell - Posted on 16 December 2010

Project Reference: 
Climate Change and Agriculture

CEBP student Meredith Niles has been appointed to the Climate Action Reserve (http://www.climateactionreserve.org) Agricultural Protocol Workgroup. The Climate Action Reserve is one of the hubs for carbon trading in the US. She will be working developing protocols for tracking carbon credits from agriculture. Meredith's appoint reflects her growing reputation as an expert in climate change and agriculture.

Dispatch: Climate Change Co-Benefits: New Opportunities for Policy?

By Meredith Niles - Posted on 16 November 2010

(Originally published on Grist)

This week I’ve been attending the 3rd annual Governor’s Global Climate Summit at UC Davis, where I am a PhD student in Ecology. With only a month and a few days left until Arnold finishes his term as governor of “the great state of California” as he calls it, he’s pulled out all the stops to be sure that his legacy of climate work is remembered. But perhaps more interesting has been the undertone of the conference: recognizing the co-benefits to other areas when we address climate change.

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