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Case studies from WRI’s Restoration Diagnostic show that land restoration in Latin America and the Caribbean has been done before. Successes from Brazil, Panama and Costa Rica offer lessons on how to get degraded land back into productive use.
We need to move from the ‘food versus fuel’ debate to a ‘food and fuel’ debate. There is no question: food comes first. But biofuels should not be simply seen as a threat or as a magical solution. Like anything else, they can do good or bad. (Graziano da Silva FAO). Radical shift in agriculture crit…
Reorienting land degradation towards sustainable land management: Linking sustainable livelihoods with ecosystem services in rangeland systems
The Global Atlas for Renewable Energy, for example, is a free online resource assessment tool to help policy makers and investors appreciate the extent of the renewable energy potential at their disposal in any given area.
South Africa is presently experiencing one of the worst droughts in 45 years, with the lowest ever rainfall since 1904. In 2015, South Africa received only an average of 403 mm, which is merely 66% of the annual average rainfall. This matter has to be urgently addressed, with food sources under seve…
The Global Ecological Land Unit map is the most detailed look ever at Earth’s ecosystems. Basically, it partitions the planet into squares 250 meters on a side—roughly the size of a couple of football fields. An ecosystem looks at lithology (that’s rocks and dirt), climate, topography, and land cove…
Dry soils exacerbated 2006 heatwave in Northern France -The approach outlined in this study may be adapted for other regions and could be useful for predicting future heatwaves
Why Europe should care more about environmental degradation triggering insecurity- Hartmut Behrend in " Global Affairs" Volume 1; Issue 1; 2015
Climate change to shift global spread and quality of agricultural land. Changing temperatures and rainfall patterns contribute to soil erosion and desertification. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region predicted to lose the most land suited to growing crops
Using Land for Biofuels Falls Short -What is the role of bioenergy in a sustainable food future? Why Dedicating Land to Bioenergy Won't Curb Climate Change? ..the answers in the new WRI paper
Drylands: Desolate, scorched, uninhabitable? Scientists say otherwise
The European Environment Agency’s five-yearly assessment ‘The European environment – state and outlook 2015’ (SOER 2015)
The Atlas is based on an analysis of mapped regional security issues and development objectives to open the necessary dialogue between regional and international organizations, governments, researchers and local stakeholders tracks
The 2014–2015 Global Food Policy Report, IFPRI’s flagship publication, puts into perspective the major food policy issues, developments, and decisions in 2014 and highlights challenges and opportunities for 2015
Ensuring that the world's food needs are met by 2050 will take a doubling of global food production. To improve agricultural yields on that scale will require a radical rethink of global water-management strategies and policies.
Tracking New Climate Action Plans in the Lead-Up to COP 21 in Paris. CAIT Climate Data Explorer and intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs).
Two degree Celsius climate change target 'utterly inadequate', expert argues. The findings are timely as the long-term goal to stay below 2°C warming is currently undergoing a 2013-15 Review, the results of which are expected this June and could be adopted in Paris at COP21 in December 2015
Biodiversity damage mapped by global land-use study. Researchers found that the worst-affected areas had lost one in three of their species, enough to substantially impact the functioning of those environments.
The new special issue of Food security journal "Feeding More than 9 Billion by 2050: Challenges and Opportunities" Food Security, Volume 7, Issue 2, April 2015 is out...
Shocking statistics reveal African nations that should be on a 'soil watchlist'
What most people probably don’t know is that Ethiopia has made significant progress during the last 20 years in restoring its degraded lands and improving its food and water security
The drivers of land degradation are numerous and often context-specific, so addressing them requires targeting not some individual driver in isolation, but through comprehensive and mutually consistent packages of policy
New initiatives like on-farm trials for seed potato production have the potential of benefiting farmers in the arid regions of Rajasthan, India.
Land degradation is a global problem that particularly impacts the poor rural inhabitants of low and middle income countries