Wednesday 2nd December 2020 — A powerful new mapping tool in the race to mitigate runaway climate change by harnessing the full carbon-sequestering potential of the ground beneath our feet was unveiled today.
Articles Tagged: Agriculture
What’s ahead for nature-based solutions?
Friday 13th November — This year’s inaugural “State of NBS,” I would like to take up this challenge and present a vision for what the next twelve months, to COP26 and beyond, could look like…an aspiration rooted in the very real momentum and action taking place in the different corners of the NBS ecosystem.
Shining a light on natural climate solutions in Africa
Africa covers about one-fifth of the total land surface of Earth. Not only is it a power house for nature, it could also be a powerhouse for natural climate solutions. Our N4C mapper shows that Africa could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 22% by deploying cost-effective natural climate solutions.
Buzzing for bees and soil to help the climate
Climate change is impacting some of agriculture’s top pollinators: the bees. One-third of all crop production in the U.S. requires pollination, but in the shadow of climate change, pesticide use, and habitat loss, up to one-third of all honeybee colonies in the U.S. have vanished. One solution that could lessen the impact of climate change now and also in the future is regenerative agriculture.
Could Brazil be on verge of one of world’s biggest conservation agreements?
The Brazilian Cerrado is a biodiverse mixed ecosystem. It is almost three times bigger than Texas, but half of its natural habitat has been lost as it is converted to croplands and cattle pasture, and especially soy plantations. A Cerrado accord breakthrough could be at hand, conserving Brazil’s biodiverse savanna, and setting a new conservation precedent protecting its mosaic of ecosystems.
Cocoa and forests: a complicated relationship
Chocolate is big business. Over $100billion in global consumption and the metric ton of cocoa selling, at time of writing, at £1,897 on commodities markets. But at the center of chocolate is cocoa, a controversial crop and economic backbone of West African countries of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.
Less Wood for More Charcoal: How women are leading the charge for sustainable charcoal in Kenya
As both a primary energy source and employer, it’s clear that charcoal is important to Kenyan life. But it also is the largest single contributor of forest degradation and causes high levels of carbon emissions. That’s why TNC partner KEFRI is researching how to make charcoal production more sustainable.
Why is Ghana counting every tree?
The government of Ghana is on a mission to register every shade tree planted on farms which grow the West African country’s most economically important crop, cocoa. What’s the reason behind such an ambitious venture?
The Bambuti, Batwa and Yawanawa: how indigenous forest peoples are fighting to save their world – and ours
From the Bambuti community in Congo, Burundi’s Batwa people to the Yawanawa people in the Amazon, indigenous communities around the world have always worked on the principle of sustainability – always conscious of keeping resources available for posterity.
Getting to the ‘How’ of Tackling Deforestation
With the deadline fast approaching towards 2020 – the date by which hundreds of companies have committed to reduce tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp – many admit that knowing what must be done and then actually doing it, is a gap.