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Author: Nicole Bell

Would you lease your water rights? The devil is in the details

Climate change is expected to alter both the availability and demand for water. In the western United States, roughly 80% of surface water is allocated…

Here’s the Dirt on Carbon Sequestration Potential in Cropland Soils

In this era with record-setting temperatures multiple years in a row, scientists are looking for methods to sequester carbon to slow the process of climate…

What Can We Learn from the ‘Pacific Northwest Heat Dome’ of 2021?

It wasn’t just hot in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) during the last week of June. It was extraordinarily hot. Temperatures at Oregon State University’s North…

How Do Grocery and Meal Kit Deliveries Impact the Carbon Footprint of Our Food?

I explored opportunities to reduce environmental impact related to food preparation and food waste in previous Perspectives on Sustainability articles. However, transportation in the food…

Waste a Lot, Warm a Lot – Reducing Food Waste is Part of Climate-Friendly Eating

While many scientists, producers, and consumers recognize the importance of quantifying the carbon footprint of agriculture, most efforts focus on on-farm activities. The journey food…

Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fryer: Climate Mitigation Opportunities for French Fries

Efforts to quantify the carbon footprint of agriculture are often focused on the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from on-farm activities, mostly from fertilizer production and…