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Shade trees decrease pest abundances on brassica crops in Kenya

Abstract Agroforestry practices may mitigate the current loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services due to deforestation and agricultural intensification. To examine the effects of agroforestry on the ecosystem service of pest regulation, we assessed pest abundances and biological control potential in shaded and open kale (Brassica oleracea L. acephala) fields in Western Kenya...

CFS -3 hours ago

Current status of Landsat program, science, and applications

Formal planning and development of what became the first Landsat satellite commenced over 50 years ago in 1967. Now, having collected earth observation data for well over four decades since the 1972 launch of Landsat-1, the Landsat program is increasingly complex and vibrant. Critical programmatic elements are ensuring the continuity of high quality measurements for scientific and operational inve...

Mongabay -17 hours ago

‘Nothing was left’: Flash floods, landslides hit Indonesia’s Papua region

JAYAPURA/JAKARTA — Rain-triggered flash floods and landslides that struck Indonesia’s easternmost province this past weekend have killed nearly 90 people and driven thousands from their homes. The country’s disaster mitigation agency has cited human-caused deforestation as having exacerbated the scale of the damage. The flooding and mudslides destroyed buildings and roads in several areas of...

Mongabay -22 hours ago

Companies to miss 2020 zero-deforestation deadline, report says

JAKARTA — Major corporations that have committed to eradicating tropical deforestation from their operations by 2020 are not going to meet their self-imposed deadline, a report says. The Global Canopy Programme’s (GCP) “Forest 500” report assesses the 350 most influential companies in forest-risk commodity supply chains and the 150 financial institutions that support them, focusing […...

GFW -2 days ago

Forests Falling Fast to Make Way for Mexican Avocado

By Xiomara Nataly Dominguez Caballero and Gabriela Giovana Barrera Flores In 2016, the expansion of agricultural frontiers accounted for 98 percent of deforestation in Mexico. While the booming production of avocado (often referred to as Mexico’s “green-gold”) has contributed to the country’s economic growth, it has also caused deforestation and degradation in central and southern […...

ScienceDaily -2 days ago

Predicted deforestation in Brazil could lead to local temperature increase up to 1.45°C

A new model quantifies how forest change affects local surface temperatures by altering sunlight-reflection and evapotranspiration properties, and predicts that Brazilian deforestation could result in a 1.45°C increase by 2050....

Elsevier -2 days ago

Bamboo as a complementary crop to address climate change and livelihoods – Insights from India

Publication date: May 2019Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 102Author(s): Arun Kumar Dwivedi, Anil Kumar, Prashant Baredar, Om PrakashAbstractThe government of India has recently amended forest act 1927, whereby Bamboo grown in non-forest areas has been removed from the purview of restrictions on its felling and interstate transportation. The new regulation is aimed to increase the comme...

Mongabay -3 days ago

Brazil’s key deforestation drivers: pasture, cropland, land speculation

80% of Brazilian deforestation between 2000-2014 resulted from new pasture creation, with 20% directly due to new croplands; however, land speculation drove the process....

Mongabay -3 days ago

Brazil’s key deforestation drivers: Pasture, cropland, land speculation

80% of Brazilian deforestation between 2000-2014 resulted from new pasture creation, with 20% directly due to new croplands; however, land speculation drove the process....

Mongabay -4 days ago

Investors warn soy giants of backlash over deforestation in South America

The world’s leading companies involved in the soy trade are being challenged to come clean about their impact on the environment and to completely eliminate deforestation from their operations. The production of soybeans is one of the leading drivers of forest loss in South America, with Brazil’s savanna-like Cerrado region, which covers 20 percent of the […]...

Mongabay -6 days ago

Latam Eco Review: Bolivia’s Batman and Peru’s birdy cave drawings

A biologist known as Bolivia’s Batman, ground zero for Amazon deforestation in Peru, and camera traps showing the bird species from ancient cave drawings were among the top stories from our Spanish-language service, Mongabay Latam. Bolivia’s Batman: “There are many more bat species here” “Colombia gets the gold medal” for having the highest number of […]...

ScienceDaily -1 week ago

Climate change limits forest recovery after wildfires

New research suggests climate change makes it increasingly difficult for tree seedlings to regenerate following wildfires in low-elevation forests, which could contribute to abrupt forest loss....