Environment

How Wolves Change Rivers

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred.

Ruminants & Methane

Ever wondered if livestock are really contributing to rising atmospheric methane levels and climate change? Australian soil scientist Dr. Christine Jones busts this myth.

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  • ‘Soil My Undies’ Challenge Has Farmers Burying Underwear In Their Fields

    Started by the Farmers Guild in California, the Soil Your Undies Challenge is a test designed to show the power and importance of healthy soil. The Challenge is easy: Simply bury a pair of 100 percent cotton underwear—generally white briefs have been the garment of choice—in your farm, garden, or pasture. Two months later, dig them up and inspect and document the changes.

  • Restoring Degraded Landscapes in Niger with Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration

    Farmer-managed natural regeneration (FMNR) is the encouragement of regeneration and then the management of trees and shrubs that sprout from tree stumps, roots and seeds found in degraded soils, such as those currently in agricultural production. Trees and crops grown in combination like this is called agroforestry and provides multiple benefits to farmers, crops, climate, and wildlife.

  • Soil Farmers: How A Renewed Focus On The Land Is Building More Resilient Farms

    Systematically grazing large herds of livestock for defined periods of time across the land creates the necessary conditions for grasses to grow again, Allan Savory argues. In turn, restored grasslands have the potential to sequester enough carbon to offset the greenhouse gas emissions from the animals—and perhaps more. Savory’s theory flies in the face of the contemporary understanding of overgrazing, ecological restoration of grasslands, and climate change.

  • To Realize Land’s True Value, We Need to Invest In It Wisely

    Investing in sustainable land management and practices such as restoring degraded land can recover soil health and enhance soil functions and land productivity to provide critical ecological and economic benefits for human needs. We suggest investing in critical linkages that are closely linked to several problems.

  • Soil Biodiversity and Soil Organic Carbon: Why Should Nations Invest in It to Keep Drylands Alive?

    Soil biodiversity and soil organic carbon are an important foundation of a broad range of ecosystem services across all four standard ecosystem service categories. Governments should aim at protecting and promoting the multi-functionality of land to ensure that land users employ sustainable approaches that are measured against the delivery of multiple goods and services.

Restoration of China's Loess Plateau

In hindsight, it is possible to see what happened to this region: deforestation on a large scale. Few seemed to actually believe that serious rehabilitation was possible.  However, a fundamental lesson was learned through the Loess Plateau rehabilitation: It is possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems including those that have been degraded over the course of centuries or even millennia.

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