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Coverage of land degradation since March 27, 2021.

Four steps asset owners can take to invest in vital climate action Corporate Knights

"...According to the United Nations Environment Programme’s most recent State of Finance for Nature report, an estimated US$8. 1 trillion will be needed over the next three decades to successfully tackle the climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises. Alongside government and philanthropic resources, private investment capital is a critical tool to fill the gap..."

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An Empty Pledge to Protect Rainforests

"...This month’s United Nations climate change conference had barely begun when a landmark deal to end and reverse deforestation was announced. More than 100 countries signed on to the “Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use,” a commitment “to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030. ”..."

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The UN News COP26 climate quiz

"...6) They are all nature-based solutions to climate change, and significant “carbon sinks”: underwater kelp forests have the potential to remove vast quantities of harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere; reforestation programmes are reducing land degradation and soaking up carbon; and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) calls mangroves a “super solution” to the climate crisis, citing their ability to store four times as much CO2 as rainforests..."

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Smarter Farm Subsidies Can Drive Ecosystem Restoration

"...Farm subsidies can also inadvertently drive people to clear forests to produce commodities like soy and beef, which caused around 20% of global tree cover loss in 2018. This has a major economic toll, too. Deforestation and land degradation lower the productivity of soil in forests and on farms, costing rural communities as much as $6..."

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Soil Health Can Positively Affect Farm Revenue JSTOR Daily

"...The authors suggest that farms can diversify their crops to increase soil fertility, or even mix livestock and crops. In turn, a more diverse ecosystem is more likely to be resilient to the many issues farmers face today and in the future, like climate change, evolving markets, and land degradation. In future studies, the researchers want to increase the length of the dataset to see if these findings are true over time..."

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Global BECCS potential is largely constrained by sustainable irrigation

"...The study was based on simulations with a spatially explicit representation of bioenergy crop plantations and water cycle in an internally consistent model framework. To quantitatively determine the constraints of irrigation water resources, the researchers designed distinct irrigation ways (unlimited irrigation, sustainable irrigation, and no irrigation) with bioenergy crops planted on land scenarios with strict land protections to prevent adverse effects on biodiversity, food production, land degradation, and desertification due to large-scale land conversion..."

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Extreme events: Ecosystems offer cost effective protection

"...As reported in the article published by the journal Nature Sustainability, researchers assessed the state of knowledge on the role ecosystems play in reducing the disaster risk: from the management of wildfires to the mitigation of flooding in urban areas through the implementation of green design, from the use of vegetation on steep slopes to cost-effectively reduce mountain hazards - such as mudslides and avalanches - to the management of stormwater..."

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UN launches Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to counter ‘triple environmental emergency’

"...With humanity facing a “triple environmental emergency” of biodiversity loss, climate disruption and escalating pollution, now is the time to act, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a video message for the online virtual gala.  ..."

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Boost investments in nature to combat climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises

"...27 May 2021Climate and EnvironmentAnnual investments in nature-based solutions will have to triple by 2030, and increase four-fold by 2050, if the world is to successfully tackle the triple threat of climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises, according to a new UN-backed study published on Thursday.  ..."

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World needs USD 8.1 trillion investment in nature by 2050 to tackle triple planetary crisis

"...Structural transformations are needed to close the USD 4. 1 trillion finance gap between now and 2050, by building back more sustainably in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, but also by repurposing harmful agricultural and fossil fuel subsidies and creating other economic and regulatory incentives. Investing in nature supports human, animal and planetary health, improves quality of life, and creates jobs..."

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What is sustainable agriculture? ECO Canada

"...Some problematic areas that are primed for improvement include greenhouse gases (GHGs) from food waste decomposition, the effects of fertilizer and pesticide use on wildlife and surrounding areas, the eutrophication (growth of algae in water sources leading to the eventual die-off of all fish and plants) and monoculture agriculture (where one crop is grown on the land at a time) which can lead to land degradation making the land unsuitable for further farming..."

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Clearing of woody weeds in Baringo County, Kenya, may yield major livelihood benefits

"...Climate change, land degradation, and invasive alien species (IAS) such as Prosopis julifora are major threats to people's livelihoods in arid and semi-arid areas with each of these having negative impacts on ecosystem services - including vegetation biomass, which is a prime resource for pastoralists and agro-pastoralists..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention land degradation.

Restoring public lands through grazing

Duration: 56:39

"...Gregory Horner tells us about places all over the country where grazing is being used to improve land health--which may come as a surprise to many who have seen the land degradation caused by overgrazing..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about land degradation relevant to the latest news.

Carbon Footprint of Karnataka: Accounting of Sources and Sinks

"...The forests ecosystems account for ~82% of the continental biomass, a source for higher terrestrial carbon sequestration, playing a vital role in maintaining the carbon cycle and provision of various goods and services, which play a primary role in human?s socioeconomic development..."

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Recent Trends in Plant- and Microbe-Based Biopesticide for Sustainable Crop Production and Environmental Security

"...But, their long-term persistence, cytotoxicity, and microbial resistance have resulted negative impact on the biosphere, thus creating pollution of diverse ecosystems, land degradation, and biodiversity losses..."

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Engineering restoration for the future

"...We posit that a better meshing of traditional engineering disciplines and ecological restoration science is central to achieving environmental repair at the scale and pace required to combat globally ever-growing, human caused, land degradation and biodiversity loss..."

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Evaluating the potential impacts of land use changes on ecosystem service value under multiple scenarios in support of SDG repor

"...The quantitative evaluation and spatial mapping of ecosystem services can offer useful information and knowledge for the natural resource protection and implementation of the SDGs..."

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Resilient Watershed Management: Landscape Approach to Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

"...Activities included bioengineering and soil conservation measures, capacity development of stakeholders, strengthening natural resource management-based enterprises, and the improvement of local livelihoods..."

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Remote sensing of severely degraded land: Detection of long-term land-use changes using high-resolution satellite images on the

"...Long-term land use/land cover (LULC) assessments, based on remote-sensing data, play a leading role in gathering information on land degradation that has an impact on food security, soil quality and species habitats with all the accompanying social implications..."

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A succinct review and analysis of drivers and impacts of agricultural land transformations in Asia

"...Intensive farming practices have put pressure on ecosystems leading to declining total factor productivity, land degradation, soil erosion, loss of soil fertility, and GHG emissions..."

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Economic growth and deforestation in African countries: Is the environmental Kuznets curve hypothesis applicable?

"...Deforestation is a significant environmental problem, contributing to biodiversity loss, land degradation, soil erosion, and climate change..."

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Remote Sensing Sensors and Recent Techniques in Desertification and Land Degradation Mapping??A Review

"...Vegetal degradation, soil erosion, salinity and alkalinity, deforestation, changes in land cover are a few factors, which raise the severity of desertification and land degradation..."

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Land use land cover modeling using optimized machine learning classifiers: a case study of Shiraz, Iran

"...It should be noticed that recent droughts caused by global climate change and, on the other hand, population growth have increased the rate of urbanization in Iran..."

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Land use-land cover anomalies and groundwater pattern with climate change for Western Vidarbha: a case study

"...The relation between changes in the land cover pattern, rainfall, and groundwater is identified and it is observed that there is a direct linkage between anthropogenic land degradation, erratic rainfall pattern, and depleted groundwater resources..."

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