Agriculture and Adaptation

“The End of Plenty “  by Joel K. Bourne 2015 Scribe Publications – The biggest near term threat from climate change is the collapse of nations unable to feed their people. Written by an agronomist turned writer for National Geographic the narrative pulls you along easily even though it is packed with facts. Bourne achieves a rare balance of pragmatism and compassion. A really important book.

“Meat : A benign extravagance” Simon Fairlie 2010 – An examination of the facts and exaggerations about the environmental footprint of meat consumption. Two thirds of agricultural land is not suitable for crops and grass is inedible to humans but feed lotting can be very wasteful.

“Water – the epic struggle for wealth power and civilisation” Steven Solomon 2010 builds a historical picture of how critical water is to our civilisation and how critical it will be in the coming age of water scarcity.

“Soil Water and Agronomic Productivity”  Rattan Lal 2012 – Academic tome with 60 expert contributors outlining the disastrous depletion of global ground water reserves.

“Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change” 2010 CSIRO Stokes & Howden – A very detailed review for different industries with useful analysis and ideas but reads more like a report to government than a guide. The effect of extremes and particularly the shortening recovery period between extremes is inadequately covered due to lack of sufficient trend data at time of writing.

“Farm Planning: Identifying your most productive land” 2015, Greg Reid and Craig Stehn.  Assists in planning for climate change impacts on the north coast particularly for grazing. Compressed early draft

“El Nino/La Nina Checklists” 2012, Greg Reid et al. Prepared while at the NSW Dept of Primary Industries before all climate change extension was closed down in the conversion to Local Land (reduced) Services.




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