Environment, Carbon and Forests
There has been tremendous concern over the ways climate change will affect human rights, but little attention to how human rights abuse affects our global climate.
Fifty years ago, Indonesia went through a genocide. The massacres may be relatively unknown, but in a terrible way the destruction continues, and threatens us all. In 1965, the Indonesian army organised paramilitary death squads and exterminated between 500,000 and 1 million people who had hastily been identified as enemies of General Suharto’s new military dictatorship. Today, the killers and their protégés are comfortable establishment figures whose impunity, political power and capacity for intimidation endure.
A few companies have started eliminating conflict palm oil from their products, but most remain recalcitrantContinue reading...
Young Researchers Meeting on Multifunctional landscapes for food security, livelihoods and the environment
If you give women a voice in the management of forests and fisheries, you get better outcomes for both people and nature.
For Aberdeenshire 47 golf courses isn’t enough – even if the 48th, designed by Jack Nicklaus, destroys a woodland refuge of red squirrels and pine martens
“If there is any larceny in a man,” said the American sportswriter Paul Gallico, “golf will bring it out.” James Bond ruthlessly exposed this when he took on Goldfinger (and Oddjob the caddy) in the most gripping round of fictional golf ever played and discovered the greedy chrysophilist was also a cheat.Continue reading...
Man-made climate change and large-scale alteration of the landscape are affecting the planet and the ecosystem services upon which humans depend. These alterations include loss of forests that were once large carbon sinks, loss of pollination services provided by bees, loss of ecosystem resilience in the face of natural disasters, and many others. While ecologists […]
Editorial by René Castro Salazar, Assistant Director-General, of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
This week (2-7 May) sees the first international conference on the Great Green Wall, to be held in Dakar, Senegal. The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative brings together more than 20 African countries, development partners, research institutes and international, civil society organizations and local communities At the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, we are strongly committed to ensuring that it produces lasting impacts, as in Senegal, where the planting of 11 million trees has contributed to the restoration of 27,000 hectares of degraded land, and multi-purpose gardens are enabling women to increase their incomes and produce food for their families.
Expanding Africa's Great Green Wall Land restoration in northern Niger is making degraded areas productive again, providing economic opportunities in a region where migration has become a tradition. Now, under FAO’s Action Against Desertification programme, these efforts are being expanded to six African countries. This success shows that land degradation around the Sahara is not yet irreversible.
The Jasper Local has posted a story featuring Gord Stenhouse and his work with the Grizzly Bear Program. The article features detailed information about our research and results, along with several quotes from Gord.
Read the story here.
The field tour was a good opportunity for Laura raise awareness of the Caribou Program's work through several on-camera interviews. She was also able to give background during the day-long expedition, which will help the production team create a rich, accurate TV program.
The primary goal was to help WhistleStop get footage of caribou habitat, however the crew caught a very lucky break and were actually able to get footage of the caribou themselves.