Land Use

5 Ways Farmers and Biodiversity Rely on Each Other
Farmers can help increase biodiversity in a number of ways and a rich diverse environment helps farmers too! Check out our infographic below to learn about the top five.
A Forest Garden With 500 Edible Plants Could Lead to a Sustainable Future | Short Film Showcase
Instead of neat rows of monoculture, forest gardens combine fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables together in one seemingly wild setting.
Buildings are killing up to 1bn birds a year in US, scientists estimate
Scientists estimate that at least 100 million and maybe as many as a billion birds die each year in the US when they collide with buildings, especially glass-covered or illuminated skyscrapers. And, in a new report, conservationists now have a better idea which American cities are the deadliest for those on the wing.
Campaign to save oceans maps out global network of sanctuaries
Academics have mapped out a network of sanctuaries they say are required to save the world’s oceans, protect wildlife and fight climate breakdown.
Can we transform the world in 12 years?
Scientists say we have 12 years to stop the planet warming above 1.5C. Can we do it? History is full of examples of rapid change.
Converting animal farmland to forest
The UK can convert animal farmland to forest and still grow enough protein as well as help combat climate change, Harvard research shows.
How Crowdsourcing Seeds Can Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change
In Ethiopia and other developing nations, scientists are working with small-scale farmers on trials to see which seed varieties perform best in changing conditions. These initiatives are enabling farmers to make smarter crop choices in the face of rising temperatures, drought, and more extreme weather.
How EU milk is sinking Africas farmers
European milk is pouring into Africa, with disastrous effects for local herders and farmers
If sugar is killing us, why does Britain farm so much of it?
After the anniversary of the sugar tax on soft drinks, Emily Clark looks at how the sugar beet industry affects the health of humans – and soil too
Is It Time For A Plant-Based Agriculture?
The compost piles and growing beds on Wilt Bonsall’s farm might lead one to believe that he is an organic farmer.
London borough of Brent to plant meadoiws
Lomdon Borough of Brent to create Bee corridor by planting 22 meadows
Many UK bee species on brink of extinction or lost already
Many species of bees are on the brink of extinction in parts of the UK with some types lost entirely, a report has found.
Massive restoration of worlds forests would cancel out a decade of CO2 emissions, analysis suggests
New findings suggest trees are 'our most powerful weapon in the fight against climate change', says scientist
Meat and Eggs Are Illegal Here: The Worlds First Vegetarian City
The mountainous town of Palitana is the world’s first vegetarian city, where the sale of meat and eggs, as well as animal slaughter are banned.
Natures emergency: Where we are in five graphics
The felling of forests, the plundering of seas and soils, and the pollution of air and water are together pushing the natural world to the brink
Our land-based coral farming facilities are scalable and overcome key limitations of traditional in-ocean nurseries
Coral farming is the process whereby fragments of corals are collected from the local reefs, raised in nurseries until mature, and then installed at the restoration site. After decades of scientific, small-scale, and community-based projects around the world, its been shown to be a viable method for restoring degraded reefs.
The price of plenty: how beef changed America
Exploitation and predatory pricing drove the transformation of the US beef industry – and created the model for modern agribusiness.
Tree planting has mind-blowing potential to tackle climate crisis
Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists,
Two men convicted after destroying multiple bird nests
Two men have been fined after they were convicted of four offences under the Wildlife Act in Ireland. The pair cut a hedge out of season and a case against them was taken by the National Parks and Wildlife Service
Urgent actions required to prevent illness and death from hazardous chemicals and waste
Geneva, 5 April 2019 – Recently, the World Health Organization estimated the ‘disease burden’ preventable through sound management and reduction of chemicals in the environment at around 1.6 million lives per year.1 As the international community marks World Health Day, three UN conventions whose aim is the sound management of chemicals and waste are stressing the need for urgent and greater actions from governments to reduce the number of illnesses and death from hazardous chemicals and wastes.
We are full of bright ideas to solve ecological problems. So lets act on them
A new UN report is set to reveal that up to 1m species face extinction because of human actions. The loss of pollinating insects and other ecological disasters
We built an eco-house for £10,000 and grow our own food
Cassandra Lishman on how she is trying to avoid draining the planet’s resources
Climate Change and Land
An IPCC Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. Land is already under growing human pressure and climate change is adding to these pressures. At the same time, keeping global warming to well below 2ºC can be achieved only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors including land and food, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC ) said in its latest report on Thursday.
Study: To save the rainforests, diets must change
Earth's tropical forests host the greatest levels of biodiversity on the planet. Tropical ecosystems are home to thousands of mammals, birds, amphibians and plant species
Mangroves destruction driving birds towards extinction
Forest and Bird is challenging the Northland Regional Council over a proposed regional plan that would make it easier to remove mangroves. Northern regional manager Nick Beveridge says the plan marks out areas with significant birdlife, but does not impose any extra rules on mangrove removal or development in these areas
Iconic Joshua trees are facing extinction
They outlived mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. But without dramatic action to reduce climate change, new research shows Joshua trees won’t survive much past this century.
Eat less meat to save the Earth, urges UN
Cutting food waste and eating less meat will reduce climate change by saving millions of square miles of land from being degraded by farming, according to a United Nations report.
Animal Agriculture’s Impact on Climate Change
Though much of the world is focused on transitioning away from fossil fuels as a way to fight climate change, there is another, often-overlooked climate change culprit: animal agriculture and its environmental impact. Animal agriculture is the second largest contributor to human-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions after fossil fuels and is a leading cause of deforestation, water and air pollution and biodiversity loss.
Change food production and stop abusing land, major climate report warns
Humans have damaged around a quarter of ice-free land on Earth, United Nations scientists warned in a major report Thursday, stressing that further degradation must be stopped to prevent catastrophic global warming.
Yes, we can reforest on a massive scale – but it’s no substitute for slashing emissions
Restoring the world’s forests on an unprecedented scale is “the best climate change solution available”, according to a new study. The researchers claim that covering 900m hectares of land – roughly the size of the continental US – with trees could store up to 205 billion tonnes of carbon, about two thirds of the carbon that humans have already put into the atmosphere.
Space agency chief fired after revealing recent Amazon deforestation Read more:
Brazil’s controversial president Jair Bolsonaro has fired the director of the Brazilian space agency INPE, which monitors deforestation in the Amazon. The agency recently revealed the extent to which deforestation has increased since Bolsonaro took power in January, which the president took exception to. Read more:
Climate change: Tree planting rise 'needs to happen quickly'
Significant rises in tree planting in the UK "need to happen quickly" if other targets to cut carbon are not met, government advisers have warned. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recommends 30,000 hectares of woodland should be planted annually, more than double the new trees planted last year.
Stop abusing land, scientists warn
Scientists are to deliver a stark condemnation of the damage being done to the land surface of the planet. Human activities have led to the degrading of soils, expanded deserts, felled forests, driven out wildlife, and drained peatlands, they will say
MDPI: Soil Systems
In view of recent reports of critical declines of microbes, plants, insects and other invertebrates, birds and other vertebrates, the situation pertaining to neglected earthworms was investigated.
The UK can convert animal farmland to forest and still grow enough protein as well as help combat climate change, Harvard research shows.
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There are 1.85 billion, billion tonnes of carbon on Earth, with more than 99% of it resident beneath our feet.