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  • As seas rise, saltwater plants offer hope farms will survive

    On a sun-scorched wasteland near India's southern tip, an unlikely garden filled with spiky shrubs and spindly greens is growing, seemingly against all odds. The plants are living on saltwater, coping with drought and possibly offering viable farming alternatives for a future in which rising seas have inundated countless coastal farmlands. Sea rise, one of the consequences of climate change, now ...


    By Associated Press

  • Energy From Coffee – Absolutely

    The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project by UTZ Certified has proven that is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills. The project started in 2010 with the goal of addressing environmental and health problems caused by the wastewater produced in the coffee industry. Tailor-made coffee wastewater treatment systems and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Catchment Management to Support Livelihoods and Peace in North Darfur

    Over the past half-century, Sudan's Darfur region has experienced rapid population growth, periodic drought and, since 2003, a cycle of conflict that has displaced over two million people from their villages, many of whom now live in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps near the towns- putting pressure on the region's natural environment as people concentrate and compete for finite resources. ...

  • Putting People at the Centre of Forest Policies - The State of the World`s Forests (SOFO)

    Countries should put more policy emphasis on maintaining and enhancing the vital contributions of forests to livelihoods, food, health and energy, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. FAO's flagship publication The State of the World's Forests(SOFO), presented today at the opening of the 22nd Session of the  ...

  • From the Mountains to the Sea: Investing in Haiti`s Environmental Resources - a Cause for Optimism

    Since 2008, UNEP has been supporting the Government of Haiti in the sustainability and effectiveness of reforestation efforts, with a view towards accelerating the country's transition to an inclusive green economy and boosting sustainable growth. These efforts focus on high value trees (fruit trees), the development of renewable energy (including solar and wind), regional cooperation for the ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Haiti`s World Environment Day

    A transformative UNEP field project in Haiti - aimed at establishing sustainable economic opportunities in agroforestry and reducing threats to Haiti's last remaining primary forests, the Macaya National Park - will be an additional priority for UNEP in Haiti, announced UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner as he toured the country with President Michel Joseph ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Athens EPA Employees Mark Earth Day Week by an East-side Area Cleanup

    EPA’s Athens-based employees together with Keep Athens Clarke County Beautiful (KACCB) will mark Earth Week by cleaning up the Firewood Street neighborhood and WOW playground area. WHAT: Eastside cleanup to mark 44th observance of Earth Day WHO: U.S. EPA employees in Athens WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 2014 1 – 5 PM ...

  • South Sudan facing major food and nutrition crisis

    FAO today warned of a major food security and nutrition crisis in South Sudan, where some 3.7 million people are now facing acute or emergency levels of food insecurity. The Organization is calling for $77 million for critical food security and livelihood support for the crisis-affected population as prices of staple crops soar and basic commodities run out. UN agencies and NGOs have revised a ...

  • UNCCD announces 2013 Winners of Land for Life Award

    For the second year running, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the winners of the 2013 Land for Life Award with a USD 100,000 cash award, to shine the spotlight on organizations that show tangible evidence in combating desertification, land degradation and drought. The announcement was made as part of the worldwide celebrations of the World Day to ...

  • New Jersey Declares Itself Free From Devastating Tree-Killing Pest

     Federal and state agriculture officials today delivered some welcome news for New Jersey residents in the state's long running battle against the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). "After more than a decade, we can declare ...

  • Coming Together After Rio+20

    It’s been two months since the Rio+20 global summit on Sustainable Development took place in Brazil. The bleak political outcome of the summit that reinforced the public’s low expectations has filtered through the news. This has left many to tighten their hold on the tools of the past and re-trench rather than look for alternative approaches to ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • USDA Urges the Public to Report Asian Longhorned Beetle Sightings

     The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is asking the public to be on the lookout for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). August is a time of peak emergence for the devastating invasive pest and a critical time for building the public's awareness of ALB. ALB was ...

  • Book Byte: We Can Reforest the Earth

    Protecting the 10 billion acres of remaining forests on earth and replanting many of those already lost are both essential for restoring the earth’s health. Since 2000, the earth’s forest cover has shrunk by 13 million acres each year, with annual losses of 32 million acres far exceeding the regrowth of 19 ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Bamboo use `could help stop Africa`s deforestation`

    The use of bamboo charcoal and firewood is being promoted as an alternative source of energy in Africa, in the hope that it will help prevent growing deforestation on the continent. The International Network ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Locally Cut Firewood Can Prevent the Spread of Invasive Pests and Create Substanial Savings For Communities

    As fall turns into winter, people across the country buy or gather firewood to heat their homes, campsites, and cabins, and many aren't aware that moving firewood more than 50 miles can increase the risk of new invasive pest infestations that kill trees. A recent study, "Economic Impacts of Non-Native Forest Insects in the Continental United States" by Aukema et al. estimates that the costs of ...


    By The Nature Conservancy

  • EAB Beetle's Destruction Spreads -- "Don't Move Firewood" Is the USDA's Plea to the Public

    May 22 to 28, 2011 is Emerald Ash Borer Beetle Awareness Week and the public is being asked to not move firewood as part of the campaign. Federal and state agencies are fighting to protect the nation's ash trees from the EAB, a small but destructive beetle that has killed tens of millions of these trees since being detected in 2002 in Michigan. ...


  • Jatrophaworld 2011: Pongamia Pinnata: The Prospects For Profitable Sustainability

    Development of pongamia as a biofuel crop has largely been underway in India, at CJP where scientists have been assessing new crops to support sustainable rural development. There is significant interest in developing pongamia as a new source of biofuel. Its reputation in India as a sustainable rural fuel source, combined with its ability to establish on low fertility soils Cultivars are being ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • India launches mega research initiative on soot

    India has launched an exhaustive study on the source, distribution and impact of soot released into its air — especially on climate and glaciers — that will help evidence-based policy-making. The five-year research agenda will involve about 250 scientists from institutes under the department of space, ministry of earth sciences and ministry of environment and forests at an estimated ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Women & entrepreneurism

    Investing in Women & Girls – Step One: 3/8/11 by Emily Drew, BCLC Researcher and Writer If you were a woman in rural Benin today, you would spend 10 hours each week carrying food and water. As a Tanzania Masaai woman, you would walk up to 30 kilometers to collect water in the dry ...


    By 3BL Media

  • Sub-Saharan Africa news in brief: 21 October–3 November 2010

    Below is a round up of news from or about Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 21 October–3 November 2010 Mosquito mutation could present major challenge Efforts to control malaria in Africa may be complicated by mutations that are making the strains of the Anopheles gambiae mosquito ever more different, according to researchers at Imperial College London. Mara Lawniczak, a ...


    By SciDev.Net

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