This article, in response to the latest IPCC report released on March 31, 2014, encourages climate change adaptation at the local level as the most critical response. From the article: “So far, solutions pushed at the international level … will do more to increase company profits than provide lasting and achievable solutions for the small-scale farmers and their communities who produce the... read more

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Local Energy: It can build a political movement for climate change by giving average folks some skin in the renewable energy game, and it’s boosting local economies in unexpected places and unexpected ways across America.  That’s why Local Energy Rules.

A project of the Democratic Energy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Local Energy Rules is a twice monthly podcast featuring ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell, sharing powerful stories of successful local... read more

The U.S. federal budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 was released on March 4th with climate change playing a more substantial role than it has in the past. Much of the funding for climate resilience comes from a new Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative that allocates $56 billion dollars overall, including $1 billion for a Climate Resilience Fund that will support research to... read more

A source leaked a draft report drawn up by the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change due to be released next March. The draft report, which is the second of three reports, outlines the threats that climate change poses to the global food supply. It cites a decrease of up to 2% each decade in yields of staple crops like maize, wheat, and rice. What's different about this report is the urgency with which the changes will take place. Rather than longer-term projections,... read more

This document contains the Nebraska Farmers Union's special orders of business pertaining to climate change, wind and soloar energy, and ethanol and the RFS. The Nebraska Farmers Union advocates for immediate climate and energy policy to put a price on carbon and compensate farmers and ranchers for sequestering carbon, increased wind and solar development in Nebraska, and increased ethanol production.

This fact sheet, entitled "Toxic Pollution and Fisheries," discusses the environmental pollutants facing the marine food web today and what NAMA is doing to help. 

This fact sheet, entitled "Habitat for Fisheries," describes how marine habitats have been severely degraded by pollution and what NAMA is doing to help.

We are pleased to share the conference report from the June 2013 gathering of the National Rural Assembly in Bethesda, Maryland.  

This year’s Assembly evidenced two big truths--that rural America is diverse and is stronger because of it, and that rural Americans are looking to create a hopeful future for themselves, their children, and their grandchildren.  

Assembly participants came from 37 states, representing every region of the country and our nation’s capital, from... read more

The launch of the Rural Climate Network comes at a pivotal time. With the recent government shutdown, ongoing political stalemate, the lack of a Farm Bill and lagging public confidence in our government by citizens of all political stripes, on-the-ground action on climate change adaptation and mitigation has never been more critical.

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A recent article by Peter Baker at the Ecologist discusses risk and uncertainty in modern day agriculture. As we all know, there is no simple solution to the problems farmers currently face as a result of climate change. Baker calls for complexity and diverse approaches, and highlights the criticality of rural renewal.