While some have trouble imagining what the worst impacts of climate change will look like, the effects are apparent today and projected to get dramatically worse if nothing is done to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. For the business community, this means shipping delays, more insured losses, constrained energy supplies and a decline in some tourism-based activities.
The South American country will see a sharp decline in the amount of coffee, soy, corn, cassava and grain it produces, and could reportedly see losses of up to $14 billion by 2070. Only sugar-cane crops will benefit from the weather changes, says a report from the country's agricultural research arm.
A report on patents related to "climate-ready" crops looks at which companies are filing the patents and how such crops, while providing food in extreme conditions, could hurt certain countries and people.
The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance has unveiled its 2006 Progress Report indicating a 24 percent increase since 2004 in the number of California wineries and vineyard businesses working to adopt practices that are sensitive to the environment and society at large.
A University of Maryland-led study of Amazon deforestation in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso shows that direct conversion of forest to cropland in the state totaled over 2000 sq. miles (540,000 hectares) during 2001-2004, peaking in 2003 at 23 percent of all deforestation for that year.