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We’ve seen the wave of destruction that extreme weather events have left around the world over the summer, from hurricanes to heat waves. A common question that arises after these events is: Are they climate change?

It’s a complex question, with an even more complex answer that has implications on several industries. There has always been extreme weather, but climate change can increase extreme weather’s frequency and severity on average…


Climate change impacts and socio-economic impacts in Afghanistan. Source: Department for International Development

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The world is watching as the Taliban consolidates control of the Afghanistan government and economy, and the question on everyone’s mind is: how did this happen?

Climate change is one large yet often overlooked part of that question’s answer.

The impacts of climate change in…


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Drought. Floods. Freezing temperatures. Hurricanes. Wildfires. Winter storms. Every year, these weather and climate disasters claim countless lives and cause billions of dollars of damages across the world — and with climate change, they’re happening with greater severity and frequency.

So who’s paying for it? The costs fall on homeowners, business owners, federal, state, and local governments, and insurance and reinsurance companies. …


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Last month was the hottest month in any of our lifetimes. The average global temperature in July 2021 was the highest of any of the previous 1,700 months, since record-keeping began in 1880, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“In this case, first place is the worst place to be,” NOAA…


The damaged Songshan North Road of Zhengzhou after 2021 Henan floods. Source: Wikimedia

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In China late last month, a 3-day-long deluge of rain brought the equivalent of an average year’s worth of water to the northern megacity Zhengzhou. In that time, the city saw a total of 24 inches, compared to an annual average of 24.5 inches.

Resulting flooding displaced one million people, caused 11 billion yuan (US$1.7…


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. …

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