Posts Tagged Land degradation

Redrawing the Map: How the World’s Climate Zones Are Shifting…

Rising global temperatures are altering climatic zones around the planet, with consequences for food and water security, local economies, and public health. Here’s a stark look at some of the distinct features that are already on the move… Read the article here at Yale Environment 360: Advertisements

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Rising temperatures and human activity are increasing storm runoff and flash floods…

Summary:  Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that runoff extremes have been dramatically increasing in response to climate and human-induced changes. Their findings show a large increase in both precipitation and runoff extremes driven by both human activity and climate change. They also found that storm runoff has a stronger response than precipitation to […]

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Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests?…

The latest UN report on climate says reducing deforestation is crucial to slowing global warming. But researchers must first reconcile two contradictory sets of statistics on tree loss in order to determine whether promises made by nations to protect and restore forests are on target… See the full article here at Yale Environment 360:

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Latin America Makes Headway Against Land Degradation…

SANTIAGO, Jan 30 2018 (IPS) – Two-thirds of the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean have already submitted or are preparing to submit to the United Nations their land degradation goals, to combat a problem that threatens agriculture and the lives of their people… Read the article at

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A Tale of Two Northern European Cities: Meeting the Challenges of Sea Level Rise by Daniel Grossman: Yale Environment 360

For centuries, Rotterdam and Hamburg have had to contend with the threat of storm surges and floods. Now, as sea levels rise, planners are looking at innovative ways to make these cities more resilient, with new approaches that could hold lessons for vulnerable urban areas around the world. Source: A Tale of Two Northern European […]

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Caribbean Agriculture Looks to Cope with Climate Change…

From – Summary: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nov 6 2015 (IPS) – Climate change represents a clear and growing threat to food security in the Caribbean with differing rainfall patterns, water scarcity, heat stress and increased climatic variability making it difficult for farmers to meet demand for crops and livestock. Nearly all of the countries in […]

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In Trinidad, Sports Complex Targets a Key Watershed…

From “Trinidad’s Orange Grove Savannah sits at the foothills of the Northern Range, whose watersheds provide copious volumes of fresh water into the aquifers – natural underground water storage areas – lying below these green spaces. “This natural savannah plays a key ecological function in reducing flooding to surrounding communities, as surface waters are […]

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Trinidad: Cabinet approves Flood Alleviation and Drainage Programme…

Due to its below or near sea level aspect and as a result of continued built development on surrounding hillsides, overtime Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago‘s capital city, has become a seemingly perpetual victim of flooding events during and after periods of heavy rainfall and sometimes even after a rather light shower. However, a […]

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Building the African green wall, piece by piece – IntDevCommunities | IntDevCommunities

From International Development Communities… “…Kouloumboutey, Niger  – When village people and local authorities in southern Niger won back over one hundred hectares of degraded land, they added one extra piece to a mosaic being laid across the Sahel and the Sahara aimed at tackling desertification and land degradation…” Building the African green wall, piece by […]

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Geography: Land Degradation issues in Trinidad & Tobago…

Land degradation is a biophysical process triggered by natural and socio-economic factors; it lowers the land’s productive potential thus reducing vegetative cover, and adversely affects soils, water resources, coastal and marine environments, and biodiversity. If not addressed, land degradation can lead to a decline in a country’s socio-economic development potential. In Trinidad and Tobago the main […]

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