Source: NASA

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As the heat in the Western U.S. and Canada that we covered last newsletter continues, we’re going to talk about another reason that heatwaves (and global warming at large) can be so dangerous to people: a measurement called the “wet-bulb temperature.”

It’s a measurement of more than just how warm the air is — it…


In June 2021, all-time temperature records fell in multiple cities in the U.S. and Canada during a “historic and dangerous” heatwave. Image source: NASA

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We’ve written about heatwaves in the past, but the most extreme heatwave ever recorded in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Western Canada warrants another deep dive into the dangerous weather phenomena.

These record-breaking temperatures are caused by a sprawling, persistent weather phenomenon known as a “heat dome.” …


Plus, what it means for agriculture in the region.

Source: NOAA

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Nearly three-fourths of the Western U.S. has plunged into the most severe drought in the recorded history of the U.S. Drought Monitor. However, the ongoing drought is now poised to intersect with the region’s upcoming wildfire season, which threatens to exponentially intensify both of these weather phenomena's impacts.


Fruitnet’s World of Fresh Ideas, in partnership with FRUIT LOGISTICA, took place from May 26–27.

In a year of virtual events, the one where we truly missed the in-person experience the most was the global fresh produce trade show, FRUIT LOGISTICA — you can’t beat the experience of tasting, smelling, and touching new fresh fruit and vegetables from around the world with 70,000 other agriculture professionals discussing the industry.

Luckily, we were still able to attend the virtual Fruitnet World of Fresh Ideas event last week to listen to the 60 different sessions full of lively discussion, informative presentations, and interesting perspectives. …


Two satellite images show agricultural fields around the town of Slagelse in Zealand, Denmark, a year apart. In 2018, Europe experienced scorching temperatures with no precipitation, drying up vegetation. Source: European Space Agency.

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Summer’s fast approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, and it looks like it will be a scorcher, as they say.

Meteorologists are predicting a hot summer for 2021. That would fit in with a pattern of hotter summers over the past several decades, as climate change causes rising global temperatures. …


Indian farmers hand winnowing sorghum (separating the grain from the chaff) in Karnataka, India. Source: Bishnu Sarangi from Pixabay

As professionals working in the agriculture space, you and I are both well-aware of the challenges facing agriculture around the world: the growing global population. The changing climate. Plummeting profits for farmers. Rising costs for consumers.

But the global agriculture space is the farthest thing from a monolith: Because there are so many different kinds of farming around the world, from small acreage to massive acreage, family-owned or corporate, sustainably-run or not, different kinds of farmers are facing vastly different challenges — and need different solutions.

Bear with me for a moment, and let’s zoom out and look at the…


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View of Beijing, March 17. Source: Felton Davis via Flickr.

Almost every spring, Chinese and Mongolian cities are pelted by sand and dust as particles originating in the Gobi Desert are swept into more residential urban areas across the region by high winds.

This year has been no exception: the worst dust…


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Super Typhoon Surigae, captured by satellites, on April 18. Source: NASA

The strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the month of April (or any previous January, February, March, and May, for that matter) tore through the Pacific Ocean last week from April 17–19, prompting severe wind and heavy rainfall warnings and the…


Happy Earth Day, everyone!

Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day, the global celebration marking the commitment to protect our planet, and the people and wildlife on it.

This year’s official Earth Day theme is “Together, We Can Restore Our Earth” (themes are chosen every year by the environmental nonprofit and organizer, Earth Day Network). Now, it might be a little cheesy, but I appreciate the idea. It centers the conversation on the natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems, which face unprecedented challenges from climate change and the human activities causing it.

When…


A supercell thunderstorm that turned into a tornado. Source: Flickr.

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Last month, a string of deadly tornadoes tore through the Southern United States as volatile weather called “supercells” swept across the region. At least six fatalities and an unknown number of injuries were reported across the affected states.

From March 17–18, National Weather Service offices confirmed 49 tornadoes Wednesday and Thursday that…

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