Report calls for better protections of farmworkers

The government should restrict the use of dangerous pesticides on the farm and establish standards that protect farmworkers from heat-related illnesses, said a report by the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School on Tuesday. The center said its review of federal …

Too hot for farmworkers? There’s an app for that in California.

A team of graduate students at USC's engineering school are turning an idea from a high school student into a reality – a mobile computer application that will alert California farmworkers when temperatures top 95 F and to allow them to report unsafe working conditions to state regulators, says Civil Eats. "The next big step will come this summer, when they launch a pilot project of CalorApp with farmworkers at two companies, Fabbri Farms in Bakersfield and the Grapery in Shafter."

2016 temperatures, sea and CO2 levels highest on record

With temperatures approximately 1 degree Fahrenheit hotter than the average temperature from 1981 to 2010, 2016 was the hottest year on record, according to a report published by the American Meteorological Society. Last year was the third year in a row for record heat in the U.S.

Hot enough to kill a cow

Dairy farmers in three counties in California's Central Valley have temporary permission from local officials to bury or compost hundreds of cows that died in a June heat wave, says the Fresno Bee. Ordinarily, the dead animals would be sent to a rendering plant, but there are too many carcasses and a mechanical malfunction reduced the plant's capacity.

Climate change ushering in era of deadly heatwaves

Almost a third of the world population is now exposed to deadly heatwaves that are a result of climate change, says a study published in Nature Climate Change.