Climate Change https://www.iatp.org/issues/climate-change en State soil health initiatives respond to climate change https://www.iatp.org/blog/201902/state-soil-health-initiatives-respond-climate-change <span>State soil health initiatives respond to climate change</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2863" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris Palmquist</span></span> <span>Mon, 02/18/2019 - 10:05</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>It’s still winter in the U.S., but that’s not stopping states from looking into how the soil beneath the snow can respond to climate change. Massachusetts, New Mexico and Nebraska are following the lead set by states like <a href="https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/healthysoils/">California</a>, <a href="http://planning.hawaii.gov/carbon-farming-task-force/">Hawaii</a> and <a href="https://fairfarmsnow.org/press-release-gov-sign-healthy-soils-legislation/">Maryland</a> in considering legislation that promotes soil health practices designed to both adapt to and mitigate climate change.  </p></div> Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:05:13 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43918 at https://www.iatp.org Uprooted Episode 58: A Green New Deal for Rural America https://www.iatp.org/blog/201902/uprooted-episode-58-green-new-deal-rural-america <span>Uprooted Episode 58: A Green New Deal for Rural America</span> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-audio view-mode-feature"> </article> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/about/staff/account/josh-wise" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Josh Wise</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:39</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Josh talks with Ben Lilliston about an <a href="https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/427749-bold-and-urgent-green-new-deal-may-change-washingtons-climate">op-ed he had in </a><i><a href="https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/427749-bold-and-urgent-green-new-deal-may-change-washingtons-climate">The Hill</a>, </i>laying out the principles created in 2015 by the Rural Climate Network, and how those priorities translate into policies that benefit rural areas under a Green New Deal framework. </p></div> Thu, 07 Feb 2019 18:39:13 +0000 Josh Wise 43905 at https://www.iatp.org Bold and urgent Green New Deal may change Washington's climate change inertia https://www.iatp.org/blog/201902/bold-and-urgent-green-new-deal-may-change-washingtons-climate-change-inertia <span>Bold and urgent Green New Deal may change Washington&#039;s climate change inertia</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2863" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris Palmquist</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/31/2019 - 12:00</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>The following <a href="https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/427749-bold-and-urgent-green-new-deal-may-change-washingtons-climate">was first published</a> in </em>The Hill<em> on January 31, 2019.</em></p></div> Thu, 31 Jan 2019 18:00:25 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43902 at https://www.iatp.org The U.S. Climate Alliance: Slow to act on agriculture https://www.iatp.org/blog/201901/us-climate-alliance-slow-act-agriculture <span>The U.S. Climate Alliance: Slow to act on agriculture</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2863" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris Palmquist</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/31/2019 - 11:47</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>After the Trump administration announced plans to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the governors of 18 states and Puerto Rico formed the </span></span></span><span><span><a href="https://www.usclimatealliance.org/"><span>U.S. Climate Alliance</span></a> (Illinois and New Mexico joined in January)<span>. Together, these states represent more than 40 percent of the U.S. population, 50 percent of U.S. GDP, and would be the third largest economy in the world.</div> Thu, 31 Jan 2019 17:47:41 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43901 at https://www.iatp.org Northeast puts the brakes on transportation GHGs https://www.iatp.org/blog/201903/northeast-puts-brakes-transportation-ghgs <span>Northeast puts the brakes on transportation GHGs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2863" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris Palmquist</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/10/2019 - 09:59</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Nine northeast states and the District of Columbia have <a href="https://www.georgetownclimate.org/files/Final_TCI-statement_20181218_formatted.pdf">reached an agreement</a> to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation sector and invest in a more low-carbon, climate-resilient system. The states will develop a new regional policy by the end of 2019, informed by extensive stakeholder involvement.</div> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:59:38 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43871 at https://www.iatp.org The carbon tax gaps https://www.iatp.org/blog/201901/carbon-tax-gaps <span>The carbon tax gaps</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2863" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris Palmquist</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/09/2019 - 09:36</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>In late 2018, the bipartisan <a href="https://www.coons.senate.gov/newsroom/preEnergy%20Innovation%20and%20Carbon%20Dividend%20Acts-releases/sens-coons-flake-introduce-landmark-bipartisan-legislation-to-put-money-in-the-pockets-of-working-families-by-pricing-carbon-pollution">Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act</a> was introduced in both the House and Senate.</p></div> Wed, 09 Jan 2019 15:36:29 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43869 at https://www.iatp.org Senator Warren's push for climate risk disclosure https://www.iatp.org/blog/senator-warrens-push-climate-risk-disclosure <span>Senator Warren&#039;s push for climate risk disclosure</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2863" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris Palmquist</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/04/2019 - 08:53</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Just prior to the new year, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) threw her hat into what is expected to be a crowded 2020 presidential race. Senator Warren has been an advocate for climate action, and <a href="https://www.warren.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/warren-colleagues-unveil-bill-to-require-every-public-company-to-disclose-climate-related-risks">her lead climate proposal</a> capitalizes on her market regulatory expertise to require new levels of climate risk disclosure by public corporations—including agribusiness firms. </p></div> Fri, 04 Jan 2019 14:53:23 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43865 at https://www.iatp.org Uprooted Episode 53: COP 24 https://www.iatp.org/blog/201901/uprooted-episode-53-cop-24 <span>Uprooted Episode 53: COP 24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-audio view-mode-feature"> </article> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/about/staff/account/josh-wise" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Josh Wise</span></span> <span>Fri, 12/21/2018 - 07:38</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Josh talks with Shefali Sharma and Laurel Levin about their experience at the COP24 in Katowice, Poland. You can read Shefali's COP dispatches from the COP here: </p></div> Fri, 21 Dec 2018 13:38:35 +0000 Josh Wise 43857 at https://www.iatp.org COP 24: Time to draw the line between agribusiness and agriculture https://www.iatp.org/blog/cop-24-draw-line-between-agribusiness-and-agriculture <span>COP 24: Time to draw the line between agribusiness and agriculture</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2863" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Chris Palmquist</span></span> <span>Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:34</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>For an agriculture decision in 2020 to be meaningful, substantive and truly allow for agriculture to contribute to the 1.5°C pathway and become climate resilient, the UNFCCC, governments and IGOs must begin today to make a distinction between agribusiness and agriculture (including the food growers that represent 88 percent of global farmlands).</p> </div> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:34:24 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43852 at https://www.iatp.org Status quo Farm Bill falters on economic, climate challenges https://www.iatp.org/documents/status-quo-farm-bill-falters-economic-climate-challenges <div data-history-node-id="43851" class="node node--type-document node--view-mode-rss field-primary-category-agriculture has-field-primary-category has-field-teaser-image title-not-empty ds-1col clearfix"> <h3 > By sidestepping the issues of economic and climate resilience, Congress is ignoring the transformative changes needed in agriculture</h3> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about/staff/iatp" hreflang="en">IATP</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>MINNEAPOLIS—The 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress on Wednesday is largely status quo from the 2014 version and will continue to drive overproduction and low farm income while ignoring the stark realities of climate change, commented the <a href="http://icm-tracking.meltwater.com/link.php?DynEngagement=true&amp;H=5eXH0qSKdBRphS6WO4YlQwwSTi8wtQOqejFjZKiddbCzZ5Bbl4XDYa3p%2Fjf56oPyRnpyLRsmMPicpz8I%2B1YOKMDhFqAwa4uX%2BdAQy3moEfxzIWpJphSQLA%3D%3D&amp;G=0&amp;R=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.iatp.org&amp;I=20181213162852.00000180319f%40mail6-43-usnbn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMTI3ZWZhM2RhNmNjZWYyNTRkMjQ0YTs%3D&amp;S=ypuNEQBgbQByn5_6OdXxwMFlppBMikGIsclCAYYIq2U">Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy</a> (IATP).  </p> <p>“Only weeks after a devastating National Climate Assessment outlined the rising risks to agriculture, this Farm Bill remains largely in climate denial,” said <a href="http://icm-tracking.meltwater.com/link.php?DynEngagement=true&amp;H=5eXH0qSKdBRphS6WO4YlQwwSTi8wtQOqejFjZKiddbCzZ5Bbl4XDYa3p%2Fjf56oPyRnpyLRsmMPicpz8I%2B1YOKMDhFqAwa4uX%2BdAQy3moEfxzIWpJphSQLA%3D%3D&amp;G=0&amp;R=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.iatp.org%2Fabout%2Fstaff%2Fben-lilliston&amp;I=20181213162852.00000180319f%40mail6-43-usnbn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMTI3ZWZhM2RhNmNjZWYyNTRkMjQ0YTs%3D&amp;S=XfLaBtZikQQRc3Al3f3Z_hMYcYRiFKsWJeaI2bZXToA">Ben Lilliston</a>, IATP’s Director of Rural Strategies and Climate Change. “Climate disruptions are confronting farmers and rural communities on top of rising debt, increased corporate concentration and tariff conflicts with leading trade partners. Our concern is that this Farm Bill makes it likely that emergency payments will be needed in the coming years to keep farmers afloat.” </p> <p>The new Farm Bill largely maintains commodity crop programs (covering energy-intensive crops like corn, soy, wheat, rice and cotton) that are driving overproduction and often result in below-cost prices. While the new Farm Bill improves risk management tools for dairy farmers, the problem of dairy oversupply is largely unaddressed.  </p> <p>Popular conservation programs that support farmers in responding to climate change continue to be underfunded. The bill does improve the working lands Conservation Stewardship Program to encourage cover cropping, resource-conserving crop rotation, and advanced grazing systems—all practices that help farms adapt to climate change—though the program faces long-term cuts. And while the new Farm Bill expands funding for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), it leaves loopholes in place that subsidize new and expanded large-scale factory farms. Guaranteed loan programs through the Farm Service Agency also continue to support factory farms that spur overproduction, hurt independent farmers and ranchers, and increase air and water pollution in rural communities around the country.  </p> <p>“More than half of farmer applicants for CSP are turned away each year,” said <a href="http://icm-tracking.meltwater.com/link.php?DynEngagement=true&amp;H=5eXH0qSKdBRphS6WO4YlQwwSTi8wtQOqejFjZKiddbCzZ5Bbl4XDYa3p%2Fjf56oPyRnpyLRsmMPicpz8I%2B1YOKMDhFqAwa4uX%2BdAQy3moEfxzIWpJphSQLA%3D%3D&amp;G=0&amp;R=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.iatp.org%2Fabout%2Fstaff%2Ftara-ritter&amp;I=20181213162852.00000180319f%40mail6-43-usnbn1&amp;X=MHwxMDQ2NzU4OjVjMTI3ZWZhM2RhNmNjZWYyNTRkMjQ0YTs%3D&amp;S=YvNWoRLMaQqGwVpMBYDoUxFMAYAD17lAFFtGQbynvhM">Tara Ritter</a>, IATP Senior Program Associate. “This highly successful program needs to be accessible for all farmers who need it, given the urgent climate challenges we are facing.”   </p> <p>The new Farm Bill includes important programs that could support climate-resilient agriculture, including a pilot Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP) that will support farmers in Midwest states growing hay or doing sustainable grazing and expands funding for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program and the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. Reforms in the crop insurance programs that better support the planting of soil health-building cover crops, and improvements in whole farm protection could aid small or mid-sized diversified farms.  </p> <p>The bill also provides permanent, baseline funding and significant policy improvements to programs that support local food systems and beginning and underserved farmers, including the new Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach (FOTO) program and the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP).  </p> <p>The bill also restores the Undersecretary of Rural Development as a permanent mandatory position, responding to a move by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to eliminate the position. A new Undersecretary will be critical to managing rural-focused programs that provide business and cooperative loans and broadband expansion—programs that will help rural economies that are disproportionately affected by climate change.  </p> <p>“By side-stepping the big issues of economic and climate resilience for farmers and rural communities, Congress is putting off the transformative changes in farm policy that will be needed in the near future,” said Lilliston.  </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Primary category</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/agriculture2" hreflang="en">Agriculture</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:02:19 +0000 Chris Palmquist 43851 at https://www.iatp.org