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June 2011 Blog Posts (13)

Reducing Food Waste: Making the Most of Our Abundance

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.

 

According to staggering new statistics from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), roughly…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on June 28, 2011 at 17:07 — No Comments

Towards a sustainable fisheries market index

New model helps unmask crucial social-ecologial feedbacks.

 

Centre researchers have previously argued that current market system drives fisheries to the brink and blocks sustainable fishing.

 

They argue that ecologically-relevant feedbacks are not only missing in the present market system, but are, in fact,…

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Added by Sturle Hauge Simonsen on June 28, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments

Current market system drives fisheries to the brink, researchers argue

Resilience researchers call for new stewardship approach to fisheries trade.

 

Fisheries represent one of the last major wild extractive endeavours undertaken at a global scale. However, according to the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO), three-quarters of the world's fisheries are already fished maximally or over-exploited.

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Added by Sturle Hauge Simonsen on June 20, 2011 at 8:43 — No Comments

Bending the biodiversity curve

New UN book calls for resilience thinking to curb biodiversity loss.

 

Having important consequences for human well-being and security, protecting the earth's biodiversity is so much more than a moral responsibility.



This is the starting point of a new book from Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.



Biodiversity and planetary boundaries

The book,…

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Added by Sturle Hauge Simonsen on June 17, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments

Only 5% of Philippines' coral reefs remain in good condition

By Imelda V. Abano

 

READ this and weep: A marine scientist from the University of the Philippines has revealed that only 5 percent —equivalent to  just around 1,000 square kilometers—of the country’s total reef area remain in good condition in the face of the wanton destruction of our coral reefs by poachers.

The estimated reef area of the Philippines ranges from 19,000 to 27,000 square kilometers, depending on the territorial boundaries and depth ranges. This makes the…

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Added by Imelda Abano on June 17, 2011 at 4:22 — No Comments

Forests cover increasing but needs to safeguard its resources

By Imelda V Abano

President

Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists

 

Despite widespread perception that the country’s forest cover is diminishing, a forestry expert said that it has, in fact, increased within a period of 10 years, from 1998 to 2008.

Dr. Rodel Lasco, Philippine coordinator of the World Agroforestry Center, indicated that the Philippines’ total forest…

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Added by Imelda Abano on June 17, 2011 at 4:19 — No Comments

Farming the cities, feeding an urban future

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.

 

As people move from rural to urban settings in search of economic opportunities, urban agriculture is becoming an important provider of both food and employment, according to researchers with the Worldwatch Institute. “Urban agriculture is providing food, jobs, and hope in Nairobi, Kampala, Dakar, and…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on June 16, 2011 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

as marshy land becomes solid ground, predator animals walk across easily to kill cranes

The Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) in Bhutan and conservationists are now concerned about several cases where the famed black necked cranes were injured or killed by predators in Phobjikha valley.
In 2008, a total of nine cranes were found dead and in 2009-10 seven were found dead. Since 1987, RSPN has been working to protect and increase the population of the cranes as a result the number of cranes visiting Bhutan has increased.
One of the reasons for…
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Added by Dawa Tshering Wangchuk on June 16, 2011 at 7:10 — No Comments

paradise lost: bhutan’s disappearing wetlands

With climate change and the decrease in the amount of rainfall in many countries, the need to sustainably conserve wetlands is becoming urgent



A dark snipe, 28-32 centimeters in length with a short, broad-based bill used to be a common sight in Thimphu. The bird which searched for food in marshy land is not more seen here, thanks to development.

A few years back Bhutan had a rich composition of wetlands at various locations. Now only a few remain, but threatened.

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Added by Dawa Tshering Wangchuk on June 16, 2011 at 7:04 — No Comments

Forget climate change and its Science, make the gods happy

As Himalayan tribes in Bhutan are forced to slaughter more yaks and erratic rainfall kill yields, villagers resort to appease local deities

Highlanders living at the base of the snowcapped Himalayan Mountains in Bhutan are witnessing unprecedented change in weather patterns. They have no clue why it is happening and resort to blaming their fate or appeasing the mountain gods and local deities or both.

Every winter, they are losing an increasing number…

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Added by Tashi Dorji on June 9, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

Zambia launches 'Green Talk' radio programme funded by the British government

Africa is already experiencing climate change fallout, since 1970’s records show that rainfall in Africa is becoming less predictable. Impacts on agriculture mean harvests in Zambia are less predictable leading to greater extremes and more difficulty planning for food security,” these are the words of British High Commissioner to Zambia Carolyn…

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Added by Edwin Mbulo on June 6, 2011 at 11:13 — No Comments

Three deaths challenge bhutan’s commitment to climate change

The country is in debt to three young men who lost their lives for a national cause. But it is a sad story that their deaths have been downplayed in every sense of the term.

They lost their lives while they were on their way to lower the water level at Thorthormi, the biggest and the most dangerous glacial lake in the Bhutanese Himalayas, which could cause an unimaginable catastrophe if not tamed in advance.

The deaths expose the failings of a system which is unprepared to…

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Added by Tashi Dorji on June 1, 2011 at 11:14 — 2 Comments

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