Swedish Green Party urges action as record temperatures put strain on agriculture
The Swedish Green Party’s spokesperson Isabella Lövin focused on the environment, agriculture, and this summer’s record temperatures in her Almedalen speech, in southeast Sweden, on Sunday.
Lövin said the Green Party wants to increase Swedish agricultural self-sufficiency from 50 to 80 percent.
She set no timeframe for when this was to be achieved, though she did announce her party’s intention to invest half a billion kronor annually to this end and also to promote organic farming. Around SEK 200 million will go to doubling the support for farmers who want to switch to organic production.
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Canada: Feds announce funding to tackle climate change in Inuit region of Atlantic Canada, Radio Canada International
Finland: Finland’s strawberry season hastened by warm spring weather, YLE News
Norway: Northern Barents Sea warming at alarming speed, The Independent Barents Observer
Russia: Densely-packed ice makes navigation difficult in Russian Arctic, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Heat and drought could put Swedish dairy farmers out of business, Radio Sweden
United States: Alaskan Indigenous community group pushes for better fishing quotas, Alaska Public Media