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  • ADB grant extended to improve water resource management in Bangladesh

    A new grant extended to Bangladesh will continue efforts to improve development of the nation's small-scale water resources, which offer essential support to agricultural and fish production in one of the world's poorest countries. The Japan Special Fund is providing a $600,000 grant to design the Participatory Small-Scale Water Resources Project. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will manage the ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • Landfill sites: to air or not to air?

    The EU Landfill Directive sets out requirements to landfill waste in the least harmful way for the environment. For example, it aims to reduce the amount of biodegradable Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) going to landfill, and promotes the use of reasonable landfill fees under the 'polluter pays principle', thus making recovery an alternative to landfilling. However, although landfill will never be ...

  • Between Hungry People and Climate Change, Soils Need Help

    SELFOSS, Iceland, August 31, 2007 (ENS) - To meet the needs of a rapidly growing human population, more food must be produced over the coming 50 years than in the last 10,000 years combined, scientists say. But land degradation and desertification are undercutting the soil's ability to produce more food, causing an environmental crisis that affects one-third of all people on Earth, say experts ...

  • Double trouble for water life

    Excess phosphorus and nitrogen produced by human activities on neighboring land is making its way into our coastal waters and degrading both water quality and aquatic life. Although historically the priority has been to control phosphorus, Professor Hans Paerl, from the University of North Carolina in the US, argues that nitrogen imbalance is equally damaging. He adds that a dual nutrient ...


    By Springer

  • Future forests: will climate change affect wood-supply?

    While climate change is expected to increase growth rates in Europe's forests, society's demand for wood could outweigh these benefits, says a new study. Forest management techniques will therefore play a far more significant role in maintaining productivity and avoiding degradation than the effects of rising temperatures. Recent climate change projections indicate a rise in annual temperature ...

  • World bank funds eight countries to address climate change

    World Bank Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) have approved $1.08 billion in near-zero-interest loans and grants to support Bolivia, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Lao PDR, Mali, Mexico, and Nepal in their efforts toward arresting and adapting to climate change. Under the CIFs' Clean Technology Fund (CTF), an Investment Plan prepared by  India for $775 million was endorsed. With this financial ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • FMC to team with university researchers investigating bioremediation approaches to the Gulf Coast oil spill

    FMC Corporation has teamed with a number of university researchers to investigate augmented bioremediation of oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident in coastal wetlands and marshes in the Gulf of Mexico. The Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research at Tarleton State University, Texas A & M Galveston Dept. of Marine Biology, Tarleton State Dept. of Engineering and FMC have formed a ...


    By PeroxyChem

  • Scientists join forces to solve Australian seagrass mystery

    The release of a major study into the mysterious decline of Adelaide’s coastal seagrasses is helping to improve the marine environment along the metropolitan coastline. The work is a testament to the collaboration of more than 60 researchers from across Australia, says Adelaide Coastal Waters Study Director Professor David Fox. Professor Fox says the final report, released by the SA Government, ...

  • International Agreement – Warsaw Framework for REDD+ – not enough to save the World’s Tropical Rainforests

    Joint Statement released on UN International Day of Forests: IETA/CMIA warns of private sector investment confidence waning. Recent international climate negotiations in Warsaw were hailed by many as a success for their progress in establishing a policy framework to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).   Indeed, the “Warsaw Framework for REDD+” ...

  • New funds support Queensland efforts for sustainable land management & more resilient ecosystems

    The Great Barrier Reef and Queensland’s Burdekin Dry Tropics rangelands are among the beneficiaries of a AUS$25.7 million Caring for our Country 2008-09 regional investment funding package announced today. Australian Government Ministers for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett, and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Tony Burke, said the package would fund a range of activities ...


    By Australian Government

  • Non-Halogenated FR Plastic Sheeting...is it in our future?

    It looks like Halogenated Fire retardant additives will be outlawed in the coming years. That is what is on the horizon, with Europe reportedly leading the way in 2015! The problem with Halogenated materials is that while they are very effective flame retardants, they contribute to additional smoke generation. In recent years, public pressure has come from both public and governmental entities. ...


    By Global Plastic Sheeting

  • Pesticide pollution slow to reach groundwater

    Underground water aquifers are a significant source of drinking water. In a recent study, French researchers found that pesticides applied to crops can take many years to sink down through the ground and reach groundwater. This means that they may still be entering aquifers, even after agricultural application has stopped. Groundwater is found underground in absorbent layers of rock. ...

  • Measuring global soil changes

    Global change is increasingly affecting important terrestrial ecosystem functions such as the filtering and buffering capacity of soils, the supply of clean water, soil fertility, and consequently, the production of food, feed, and fiber. Recent studies and reports from the United Nations indicate that water and soil resources are both heavily under pressure. Worldwide about 2 billion ha of land ...

  • Valuing nature protects biodiversity and reaps financial rewards

    A new global study1 on the economics of ecosystem services and biodiversity loss suggests that governments can achieve more resilient economies and receive higher rates of return on their public investment strategies when they recognise and target the value of ecosystem services. A new report highlights the economic consequences of not valuing ecosystem services and biodiversity, whose benefits ...

  • Ecosystem-based adaptation in the Caribbean: strengths and weaknesses

    Protecting ecosystems and the services they provide is increasingly thought to be a sustainable and effective approach to help society adapt to climate change. Islands states, at risk from a variety of different threats, including sea level rise, changes in rainfall patterns and ocean acidification, have been among the first to trial this approach. A new study examines measures taken in the ...

  • The coming revolution - world economic and social situation 2011

    Nothing short of a technological revolution on the scale of the first industrial revolution will be required to meet the challenge of sustainable development.  That's the conclusion of latest annual - World Economic and Social Survey released this week by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA). While many reports and studies by various United Nations bodies have called ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • FAO targets land tenure

    FAO has begun widespread consultations over the first ever international guidelines on governance of tenure to land and other natural resources such as water supplies, fisheries and forests. The consultations and negotiations, responding to requests from the international community and from governments, will take more than a year to complete. They will involve governments, the private sector, ...

  • Africa Aims to Boost Food Security Action on Occasion of Africa Environment Day and Wangari Maathai Day

    African leaders, civil society and youth groups today mark Africa Environment Day, which seeks to accelerate action on the numerous pressing environmental challenges facing the continent. Maseru, in the Kingdom of Lesotho, is the regional host of the 12th annual celebration, which is focused on the theme Combating Desertification in Africa: Enhancing Agricultural Productivity and Food Security. ...

  • Conserving the critically endangered European eel

    A number of policies have been developed to protect the critically endangered European eel (Anguilla anguilla). Italian researchers have developed a model of the long-term population trends of the eel to assess the effectiveness of these measures and prevent further decline of this ecologically and economically important species. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United ...

  • Partnership makes strides in promoting sustainable land management in Africa

    Improved land management strategies and technologies being used across sub-Saharan Africa are helping protect the environment, boost agricultural productivity, strengthen livelihoods and enhance food security, according to a new study. The document - published by the New Partnership ...

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