December 5th is World Soil Day. Rising temperatures are triggering carbon loss in areas with high carbon stocks. CIAT is looking at how to reverse this and how soils can even help sequester more carbon from the atmosphere.
In 2015, China initiated the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Mechanism (LMC). One year later, at the 2016 Greater Mekong Forum, LMC insiders reflected on what the LMC has accomplished, and how to move beyond the political aspects of the mechanism to focus on water issues and environmental questions.
As human activity pushes our planet past its natural boundaries, the window for reversing environmental damage is rapidly closing. However, by modifying some human activities, especially agriculture, it might be possible to undo some of the damage that we have already done.
The Salween is richly biodiverse and straddles several international borders; as of yet, it is Asia's last un-dammed river. The pressures of globalization and the promise of economic growth have made damming the Salween an attractive option to some, but such a decision would have wide-reaching consequences.
To maximise downstream water quantity, you remove vegetation—all of it, including the trees. To counter rising carbon dioxide levels, you plant trees—lots of them. How should we do both? Reblogged from the Global Water Forum.
Basin-level transboundary water management agreements are the norm, especially in Africa and Asia. However, new research suggests that the most actionable and impactful water management treaties may be taking place at smaller scales.
Received wisdom on forest conservation tells us that working forests are bad for the environment: good forests are "pristine." However, there is no such thing as a pristine forest, and would-be conservationists have much to learn from those who have lived and worked in productive forests.
It is impossible to view any one of the Sustainable Development Goals as an isolated issue. The Water-Energy-Food Nexus platform takes an integrative approach, considering how water intersects with other potential challenges.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) encompass a vast set of development targets. A draft framework from the International Council for Science (ICSU) presents a concrete way to understand SDG interactions and the resulting trade-offs and synergies.
Currently, much of the mainstream media coverage, particularly when it comes to environmental issues limits itself to focusing on political rhetoric and disaster reportage while underlying structural changes taking place due to climate change and other factors, largely go ignored.
As part of WLE's partnership with The Economist Events' Sustainability Summit, scientists from the World Agroforestry Centre explore how sustainability can be evaluated to improve decisions in development and business.