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We draw out common themes in terms of not only what natural and social scientists have learned about the Dust Bowl era itself, but also how insights gained from the study of that period are helping to enhance our understanding of climate–human relations more generally.
Dust and sand storms(DSS) occurrences often have an adverse impact on organisms’ life styles and their environment, not only in the source region but also in the downwind regions.
Healthy soils are fundamental to life. They grow the food we eat and the wood we use for shelter and fuel, purify the water we drink, and hold fast to the roots of the natural world we cherish.
According to the Land Matrix, approximately 130 million hectares of land (or more than 52.7 million football fields) has been acquired globally in settled and impending land deals over the last 15 years.
How climate change impacts in growth and development in semi-arid lands
This discussion paper examines the importance of water in ensuring food security
Tef (Eragrostis tef), an important crop for both income and nutrition in Ethiopia, has joined the list of ICRISAT’s research crops.
Sustainably managed forests provide essential goods and services and thus play a vital part in sustainable development. Reliable and up-to-date information on the state of forest resources is crucial to support decision-making for investment and policymaking in forestry and sustainable development
This report focuses on certain types of extreme events and natural hazards at European scale that will be very likely amplified by ongoing climate change, i.e. landslides, avalanches, floods and storm surges.
LandMark is the first online, interactive global platform to provide maps and other critical information on lands that are held and used by Indigenous Peoples and communities
Through these divisional factsheets FAO aims to provide the readers with concise and clear descriptions on the work they carry out
This volume deals with land degradation, which is occurring in almost all terrestrial biomes and agro-ecologies, in both low and high income countries and is stretching to about 30% of the total global land area.
GLOBALANDS project aims to identify promising existing land use policies and to develop possible governance tools towards a more resource efficient and sustainable global land use.
A Method for Developing Forest Landscape Restoration Strategies by Rapidly Assessing the status of Key Success Factors
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