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Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.
According to staggering new statistics from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), roughly…Continue
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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,…Continue
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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.
Added by Sturle Hauge Simonsen on June 20, 2011 at 8:43 — No Comments
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
Added by Sturle Hauge Simonsen on June 17, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments
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…Continue
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By Imelda V Abano
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Tashi Dorji on June 9, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments
“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…Continue
Added by Edwin Mbulo on June 6, 2011 at 11:13 — No Comments
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…Continue