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Coverage of land degradation since May 22, 2020.

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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FROM THE FIELD: The microscopic creatures helping build Africa’s Great Green Wall

"...The UN Secretary-General has called for “a new contract for nature” to address ongoing global challenges connected to land degradation, such as forced migration, hunger and climate change..."

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Soil degradation costs U.S. corn farmers a half-billion dollars every year

"...But using fertilizer doesn't just cost farmers and governments money. It also comes at an environmental cost. A large portion of the global greenhouse gas emissions caused by agriculture--24% of global emissions in 2010 and 10% of U..."

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One Planet Summit: Trudeau discusses Canadian contributions to global biodiversity (French) | FULL

"...Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered virtual remarks, primarily in French, at the fourth edition of the One Planet Summit on biodiversity Monday, stating that Canada would contribute up to $55 million to the United Nations Land Degradation Neutrality Fund “to support sustainable land projects in low-and middle-income countries. ” ..."

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How much greenhouse gas emission comes from tropical deforestation and peatland loss?

"...Improving the quantification of greenhouse gas emissions is needed for the implementation of climate change mitigation actions under the Paris Agreement. Many countries across the tropics have committed to reducing emissions in their agriculture and forestry sectors. Some of this will be done unilaterally, but some will be done through international cooperation, including through carbon markets..."

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'Rambo root' could help with climate action, peace building and environmental issues

"...Worldwide, land degradation occurs over a quarter of the earth's ice?free land area. Consequences include infertile land where food and other crops cannot grow; biodiversity loss; increased pollution and clogged waterways; flooding and species decline. Roughly 40% of Colombia is affected by degradation, especially in conflict-areas, but the research has implications for other tropical countries with a similar context, say authors..."

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Restoration of degraded grasslands can benefit climate change mitigation and key ecosystem services

"...The study, published in Scientific Reports, revealed that degradation of grasslands in Baringo County, Kenya, has led to a loss of approximately 40% of SOC, the most important carbon pool in soils. These findings confirm that grassland degradation significantly contributes to the release of greenhouse gases and thus to climate change. The authors also showed that 30 years of grassland restoration replenished SOC to a soil depth of 1 metre at a rate of 1..."

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U.S. Army Releases Climate Resilience Handbook

"...Step 2 of the planning process is where the ACAT is used. Based on DoD and Congressional interests to the current and future vulnerability of installations from climate change, the ACAT provides planners with authoritative national data sets on the following: “heat impacts, drought, wildfire, energy demand for heating and cooling, land degradation (soil loss, permafrost thaw, coastal erosion), riverine flooding, coastal flooding, historic extremes. ” Planners can use these data as a screening tool to analyze their installation’s vulnerability to each risk..."

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New woodlands can help reduce flooding risk within 15 years

"...This nature-based solution could be extremely timely, given the UK government commitment to planting 30 million trees a year by 2025 and other environmental schemes designed to enhance carbon retention, biodiversity and flood prevention. They caution however, new woodlands will require careful placement if the benefits are to be maximised..."

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Reversing land degradation can ‘pre-empt and manage’ conflicts

"...In a virtual briefing on the humanitarian impact of continued degradation, peace and security, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Ibrahim Thiaw, reminded the Council that environmental protection was vital for “our health, our wealth and our wellbeing”.  ..."

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Why I Believe Climate Change Is Not the End of the World

"...Two more IPCC reports would follow in 2019, both of which warned of similarly dire consequences: worsening natural disasters, sea-level rise, desertification, and land degradation. Moderate warming of 1. 5 degrees Celsius would cause “long-lasting or irreversible” harm, they said, and climate change might devastate food production and landscapes..."

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‘New contract’ needed with nature to keep drought and deserts at bay

"...17 June 2020Climate ChangeThe UN Secretary-General has called for “a new contract for nature” to address ongoing global challenges connected to land degradation, such as forced migration, hunger and climate change..."

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Restoring public lands through grazing

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"...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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Geospatial Technologies for Crops and Soils: An Overview

"...Major applications of geospatial technologies related to crops and soils are crop inventory and monitoring, crop production estimates and forecasting, crop growth simulation modeling, crop yield estimation, precision agriculture, soil mapping, land degradation assessment, soil erosion assessment, soil quality assessment, digital soil mapping, digital terrain modeling, soil-landscape modeling, land use/land cover mapping, agricultural land use planning, etc..."

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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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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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Forest-Based Climate Change Social Interventions: Towards a Theoretical Framework

"...In other words, the ongoing deforestation process and land degradation caused by human activities and climate changes are considered as major challenges for sustainable development around the world..."

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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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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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Participatory selection of soil quality indicators for monitoring the impacts of regenerative agriculture on ecosystem services

"...Local indicators selected by farmers focused mostly on water regulation, erosion control, soil fertility, crop performance and main supporting, regulating and provisioning ecosystem services..."

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Integrated landscape approaches to building resilience and multifunctionality in the Kailash Sacred Landscape, China

"...A case study of Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative in China was quantitatively and qualitatively analyzed by land use and land cover change and its consequence on multiple ecosystem services..."

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Economic Valuation of Environmental Services Associated with Agriculture in the Watershed of Lake Lagdo, Cameroon

"...Measures to reduce soil erosion include payments to landowners as powerful incentives for promoting environmentally friendly land-use practices that help to sustain ecosystem services (PES)..."

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Impact of land-use change on soil erosion in the Coonoor Watershed, Nilgiris Mountain Range, Tamil Nadu, India

"...The current study investigates the severity of land cover changes including deforestation activities in the Coonoor watershed region as a result of urbanization, along with the establishment of recreational parks, resorts and tea plantations..."

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