Rural Climate Policy Priorities

The intent of this working document is to describe climate change concerns specific to rural communities in the United States and identify...

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Healthy Community Food Systems is a Southwest Colorado based organization. What are the biggest climate challenges your area of the country is experiencing? 

We in the Four Corners region are quite familiar with year-to-year variability in precipitation and temperature, but that variability seems to be getting greater.  Long-term drought apparently is something we need to get used to for the very long term, but it is interspersed with extreme precipitation events, including hail, that are also stressing food production here.  Increased summer heat takes its toll on plants,... read more

Iowa City — NEGOTIATORS en route to the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris, scheduled to begin later this month, should take a detour on rural roads here in Johnson County. A new climate narrative is emerging among farmers in the American heartland that transcends a lot of the old story lines of denial and cynicism, and offers an updated tale of climate hope.

Recent polls show that 60 percent of Iowans, now facing flooding and erosion, believe global warming is happening. From... read more

Carl Wycoff

MORRIS — Morris will be partnering with a sister city in Germany to learn more about community-level renewable energy projects.

On Tuesday, the Morris City Council approved a Climate Protection Partnership Agreement with Saerbeck, Germany, a city of about 7,200 people in North Rhine-Westphalia. 

The agreement was officially signed by Mayor Sheldon Giese in a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 16 in Minneapolis and is part of a larger program connecting Germany and the state of Minnesota on issues of renewable energy and climate protection.

Under the partnership agreement, Morris and Saerbeck... read more

UMM News Service

The following interview with James Robinson, Research and Policy Associate at RAFI, answers these three questions and provides further information on RAFI's work with climate change:

1.       As a North Carolina-based organization, what are some of the biggest challenges and opportunities your region faces from climate change?

2.       How are the farmers you work with rising to climate change and extreme weather challenges? 

3.       What policies – local, state, or federal – would RAFI like to see in response to climate change?

 

 

Help for family farms in crisis is the core of RAFI’s work.... read more

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