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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  ...

  • 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

  • Manhattan And Staten Island, N.Y. Declared Free Of The Asian Longhorned Beetle

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced that the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island are free from the invasive Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • UNEP Sasakawa prize open: US $200,000 for innovative green project

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and The Nippon Foundation today officially launched the 2011 UNEP Sasakawa Prize to find the most innovative environmental project in the developing world - with a cash prize of US$ 200,000 awaiting the winner. The UNEP Sasakawa Prize is awarded every year to a grassroots organisation judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the protection ...

  • World`s most comprehensive assessment of mangroves reveals threats & opportunities to global economy & the planet

    The first global assessment of mangroves in over a decade reveals that rare and critically important mangrove forests continue to be lost at a rate three to four times higher than land-based global forests, despite positive restoration efforts by some countries. About one fifth of all mangroves are thought to have been lost since 1980. Although losses are slowing at 0.7 per cent a year, the ...

  • Insights: The Earth Is Shrinking

    WASHINGTON, DC, November 20, 2006 (ENS) - Our early 21st century civilization is being squeezed between advancing deserts and rising seas. Measured by the land area that can support human habitation, the earth is shrinking. Mounting population densities, once generated solely by the addition of over 70 million people per year, are now also fueled by the relentless advance of deserts and the rise ...

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