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Most commonly in drylands the salinity levels are always high and evenly dispersed due to this salinity levels the plant cultivated are usually tremendously affected. Normal plants cannot grow in soils with high salinity levels. In this book the authors would like to analyze the effects of human…

This book provides a unique perspective on the multidimensional aspects of the health impacts of climate change and air pollution, which include the science, impacts, solutions, and advocacy of the solutions. The book is intended to add a new approach to climate change by focusing on its health…

UNCCD highlights the environmental impacts of food loss and waste and presents specific actions consumers can undertake

This publication contains the main findings of the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020 (FRA 2020). The data in FRA 2020 have been obtained through a transparent, traceable, reporting process and a well- established network of officially nominated national correspondents. The information provided…

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is stepping up its work on mapping zoonotic threat and protecting the environment to reduce the risk of future pandemics, such as the COVID-19 crisis currently sweeping the globe. In Working With the Environment to Protect People, released today, UNEP…

Agronomy for Sustainable Development (ASD) is a journal of the French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE). It welcomes multidisciplinary articles that bridge agronomy, cropping and farming system research with ecological, genetic, environmental, economical and social…

The most comprehensive global review to date of the interrelationship between people and nature makes it evident that the challenges posed by biodiversity loss, climate change, and achieving a good quality of life for all are deeply interconnected and need to be addressed ín an integrative manner…

An assessment of land degradation trends, coupled with an analysis of the drivers behind these trends, proved an essential step for SIDS to understand the current conditions of land degradation, reveal anomalies and identify degraded areas. It also provided an evidence-based overview of areas that…

Land degradation neutrality (LDN) aims to preserve the land resource base by ensuring no net loss of healthy and productive land. LDN is pursued through a combination of measures that avoid, reduce and reverse land degradation. Achieving neutrality requires estimating the likely impacts of land-use…

Annual report on acute food insecurity and malnutrition published today

Today, over 1.5 billion children are unable to go to school. Coronavirus’ impact goes beyond the health and economic crisis; it is also jeopardizing the education of students around the world. Teachers are scrambling to offer students lessons online and parents are desperate for activities that will…

Introduce the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unite them in action.17 Global Goals to achieve these 3 extraordinary things by 2030.

Young people aged 15-24 are often underemployed but hold huge potential to contribute to prosperity among forest communities, according to a new report published by FAO and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Prosperity in place for youth: Meaningful work for mobile…

For decades, scientists have been raising calls for societal changes that will reduce our impacts on nature. Though much conservation has occurred, our natural environment continues to decline under the weight of our consumption. Humanity depends directly on the output of nature; thus, this decline…

Drought “is the death of the earth,” wrote the poet T. S. Eliot. A lack of water withers crops, kills trees, and dries up streams and lakes. Humans have long tried to cope by migrating to wetter regions or inventing new ways of moving water to where it is needed, including by pumping it out of the…

As climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic pull familiar certainties out from under our feet, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) calls on policymakers, activists, farmers, chefs, youth, corporations – and the rest of us – to plan for a better future for food systems and those whose livelihoods…

The global economic recession and financial turmoil from COVID-19 are derailing implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Even before the pandemic, the 2020 Financing for Sustainable Development Report (FSDR) of the Inter-agency Task…

Omdena is an innovation platform for building AI solutions to real-world problems through the power of bottom up collaboration. Omdena’s projects run for two-month and are a unique opportunity to work with AI practitioners and mentors around the world to solve grand challenges through collaboration…

Five example programs demonstrate successful integration of these three practices into K-12 ecological research activities, an application that will benefit not only future ecologists but also students who enter other careers as ecologically literate citizens.

Summary of Three Key Events on Natural Capital Investing November 2019, and outlook 202

Lake Chad, in the Sahelian zone of west-central Africa, provides food and water to ~50 million people and supports unique ecosystems and biodiversity. In the past decades, it became a symbol of current climate change, held up by its dramatic shrinkage in the 1980s. Despites a partial recovery in…

This year, the UN World Water Day explores how water and climate change are inextricably linked. Water stocks are under increased pressure as the global population grows and natural resources are depleted; climate change only serves to exacerbate this situation. To mark this day, Springer Nature is…

The 2020 edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR 2020) entitled ‘Water and Climate Change’ aims at helping the water community to tackle the challenges of climate change and informing the climate change community about the opportunities that improved water management offers in terms of…

This transdisciplinary book will attract a wide audience interested in biodiversity, ecology, resource management, public health, psychology, urban planning, and landscape architecture. The emphasis is on multiple human health benefits from biodiversity - in particular with respect to the increasing…

FAO leads the way to clearer peatland mapping and monitoring. A new publication and an innovative geospatial online tool help countries preserve critical carbon stores.