Category: Desertification

Permaculture Research Institute Proud to Be Recognized with UNCCD Accreditation!

Permaculture Research Institute Proud to Be Recognized with UNCCD Accreditation!

The Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) recently received notice that the organization has been accredited as a Civil Service Organization by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This accreditation is no empty honour; it demonstrates both PRI’s commitment to finding ever-more effective ways to carry out its mission as well as recognition of the importance of that mission by a body as important as the UNCCD. Furthermore, as an […]

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Food Tank Webinar Series with Dr. Roger Leakey on The Global Food Crisis

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This discussion features Dr. Roger Leakey, a crop physiologist and tree biologist who has worked in forestry and agroforestry aimed to reverse deforestation and desertification in the tropics. About Roger Leakey Vice Chair of International Tree Foundation Born and brought up in Kenya, Roger has had a successful career as a research scientist in tree biology working on the interface of tropical agriculture, horticulture, forestry, ecology, and to some extent […]

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Nature is Speaking

I say may those who have a loud voice speak! This is precisely what Nature Is Speaking has ventured to do — to give nature a voice (and a very familiar voice). Watch the videos below to see what I mean! Some of the most famous American actors (from Julia Roberts to Robert Redford) have lent their voices in the name of nature. This is a global invitation to collaborate […]

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An Embarrassment for Both Yale University and the New York Times: “To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees”

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Dr. Nadine Unger, an assistant professor of atmospheric chemistry at Yale, had an op-ed published in the Opinion Pages of the September 19, 2014 edition of the New York Times. Both the title of her piece and its analysis of the article’s focus — climate change — have drawn quite a response, as one would imagine. I don’t have much to add other than asking for those interested to review […]

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The Kink in the Human Brain

Pointless, joyless consumption is destroying our world of wonders. This is a moment at which anyone with the capacity for reflection should stop and wonder what we are doing. If the news that in the past 40 years the world has lost over 50% its vertebrate wildlife (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish) fails to tell us that there is something wrong with the way we live, it’s hard to […]

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Expanding Farmlands with Reduced Cropping

According to a new research findings, over the next 100 years due to climate change, land suitable for agriculture is going to expand by 5.4 million km2, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere at high latitudes in countries like Canada, China and Russia. However, further down in the Global South, especially in the tropical regions, along with reduction in suitable land there, will be a decrease in suitability for multiple cropping. […]

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Crash on Demand – or Rapid Transition?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6pFDu7lLV4 The Arctic Death Spiral and the Methane Time Bomb (Duration: 1:11:11) Please watch before continuing with the article. Can we talk about transition, please? Regular readers will have noted the semi-recent flurry of conversations over ‘crashing’ the system (if not, see here, here, here, here and here) and possible pathways to transition (see here and here). I’d like to see this conversation continued, as it is not insignificant. Hence […]

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Vandana Shiva Keynote Speech – Food Otherwise Conference (Netherlands, February 2014)

World famous author and activist Vandana Shiva gave an inspiring speech at the Food Otherwise conference in Wageningen, Netherlands, on 21 February 2014. "Monopolies, centralization and monocultures go hand and hand and they are the instruments of power. We have to create instruments of democracy, diversity, resilience."

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A Gathering of Silverbacks: Age of Limits 2014

Whenever such large shifts in temperature occurred in Earth’s history, they were not gradual but came in lurches. Resilience is the capacity of a system to continue providing essential functions after receiving that kind of shock. The first known use of the Infinite Improbability Drive was initiated by Zaphod Beeblebrox and Trillian on the starship Heart of Gold. Its major consequence was rescuing Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect from open […]

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The Woes of Industrial Agriculture

Our relationship with the earth changed fundamentally when we began practicing agriculture some ten thousand years ago. The transition from nomadic to settler life allowed for the evolution of great civilizations, and the growth of human cultures. Agriculture also made possible the increased rise in population, which in turn created the need for more agriculture, and the cyclical relationship between the two put a greater and greater strain on the […]

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Dune Stabilisation in the Mali Inner Delta

The Sobé village located in Deboye Rural District, just like the northern part of the Mali inner delta, is threatened by drought, and encroaching dunes. Wetlands International and its partners are trying to meet this challenge by planting Euphorbia balsamifera, a species adapted to the local environment. The first part of this dune stabilization work has helped to protect the Sobé village against sand.

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