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Aug. 4, 2022

Thousands of Olive Trees Destroyed by Wildfires in Tuscany

High temperatures, windy weather and dry soil served as a catalyst for the estimated 279 wildfires burning across the central Italian region.

Jul. 25, 2022

Europe Reconsiders Pesticide Ban as Global Food Crisis Looms

The Commission had proposed an ambitious plan to cut pesticide use in half by 2020. Nearly half of E.U. member states oppose the move.

Jul. 18, 2022

A Plan to Decarbonize Europe

After lengthy negotiations, the European Union is one step closer to the goal of becoming carbon neutral within 2050.

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Jul. 18, 2022

2022 Wildfire Season Expected to Be Europe’s Worst

In the first six months of 2022, hectares burned by wildfires have nearly matched the damage in all of 2021, with the peak season yet to come.

Jul. 18, 2022

Spain Launches a New Strategy Against Desertification

Desertification in the world’s top olive oil-producing country is being fueled by the ongoing drought and poor land management practices.

Jul. 13, 2022

Signs of Life from Millenary Olive Tree Burned in Sardinian Wildfires

Volunteers and researchers responsible for restoring the tree warn that more needs to be done to prevent future wildfires.

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Jun. 8, 2022

Report: Extreme Weather Events Are Getting Worse, Affecting Food Availability

The World Meteorological Organization warned that time is running out to prevent climate change from further negatively impacting global food security.

Jun. 2, 2022

In Turkey, Study Recommends Investments in Olive Farms Instead of Coal Mines

Expanding the olive oil sector of Turkey's olive-growing capital is a cost-effective and climate-friendly solution that would boost the local economy, a report suggests.

Jun. 2, 2022

Studying Plant Reactions to Environmental Stressors Key to Sustainable Agriculture

New research into plants’ molecular response to mechanical stimulation sheds new light on their response to environmental stressors and development.

May. 31, 2022

Report: Food System Reform Can Reverse Deforestation and Desertification

The United Nations report recommended shifting to regenerative agricultural techniques and eating more plant-based diets as effective reforms.

May. 26, 2022

Droughts Are More Frequent, Lasting Longer and Accelerating Water Shortages, U.N. Says

By 2030,700 million people will be at risk of displacement due to drought. Shifting to plant-based diets is among the solutions.

May. 25, 2022

Study: Decades of Heatwaves Have Gone Unreported

New research shows that many extreme events have not been investigated as researchers warn that such phenomena are becoming more frequent.

May. 20, 2022

Worsening Drought Conditions Predicted in Southern and Central Europe

Water stress has already reduced expected winter crop yields in Italy and Spain. Exceptionally dry conditions are expected to continue for the next few months.

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Apr. 6, 2022

As Most Consumers Find Ways to Cut Costs, Olive Oil Consumption Trends Higher

One survey suggests people are consuming less and looking for cheaper alternatives. However, sustainability and the environment remain relevant values for consumers.

Mar. 31, 2022

Some Effects of Climate Change Are Already Irreversible, U.N. Warns

More than three billion people are being pushed beyond their ability to adapt, the report warned. However, there is still time to prevent the worst-case scenarios.

Mar. 29, 2022

Unilever Bets on Blockchain Tech for Deforestation-Free Certified Palm Oil

The food giant’s use of blockchain may benefit small farmers growing palm fruit sustainably and prevent deforestation of more of Southeast Asia’s tropical forests.

Mar. 11, 2022

New Regulation in Turkey Permits Olive Tree Removals for Coal Mining

The regulation is meant to boost Turkish energy security. However, the country’s national olive oil association is already appealing the decision.

Mar. 8, 2022

Wildfires Are Becoming More Frequent and Intense Globally, Researchers Find

Olive farmers in the Mediterranean basin are among those at the highest risk of increasing and more intense wildfires.

Mar. 3, 2022

Climate Change Threatens Steep-Slope Agriculture

The culturally and historically important role of steep-slope agriculture, including traditional olive groves, is threatened by increasingly arid climates and desertification.

Feb. 15, 2022

Yale Researchers Identify Six Target U.S. Audiences for Climate Change Messaging

Americans’ thinking around climate change has shifted toward more urgency.

Feb. 15, 2022

Introduction of Samurai Wasp Proving Effective Against Stink Bugs in Italy

Samurai wasps parasitized 38 percent of the brown marmorated stink bug eggs in one area. Some see the wasp’s introduction as key to curtailing the stink bug.

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