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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
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…
Desertification: the Invisible Frontier of Land Degradation, Poverty and Migration, an Exposure story to highlight the causes and consequences of land degradation
The path to a peaceful and secure future is paved with decisive actions against losing more productive land. Migration is often a last-resort option for those experiencing water shortages and crop failures.
Land degradation is a global problem that particularly impacts the poor rural inhabitants of low and middle income countries
New initiatives like on-farm trials for seed potato production have the potential of benefiting farmers in the arid regions of Rajasthan, India.
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
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
Shocking statistics reveal African nations that should be on a 'soil watchlist'
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...
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.
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
Tracking New Climate Action Plans in the Lead-Up to COP 21 in Paris. CAIT Climate Data Explorer and intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs).
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.
Interactive infographic on key facts and figures on Land Degradation and Drylands by CGIAR/ICARDA