FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020, noted in the report, found that despite a slowing of the rate of deforestation in the last decade, some 10 million hectares are still being lost each year through conversion to agriculture and other land uses.

Auckland’s drought most extreme in modern times

Auckland’s drought most extreme in modern times

As weather systems tracked toward New Zealand from the west and north, they lacked moisture because of cooler eastern Indian Ocean seas caused by the IOD.NIWA’s climate change expectations suggest spring average rainfall decreases for northern New Zealand, including Auckland.

What’s the Strange Ailment Affecting Kids With Covid-19?

What’s the Strange Ailment Affecting Kids With Covid-19?

Many of the cases have evoked a rare, but treatable, ailment called Kawasaki disease, an inflammatory illness that affects young children.Still, Burns says the cluster of cases is unusual—unprecedented, even, in her 30 years studying Kawasaki disease and other immune conditions in kids.

Huge waves on Wellington coast to ease later today, says NIWA

Huge waves on Wellington coast to ease later today, says NIWA

High waves pounding Wellington’s south coast today are being caused by a deep area of low pressure passing the Chatham Islands, according to NIWA forecaster Ben Noll.Mr Noll said the low was responsible for generating strong winds and large waves between the Chathams and mainland New Zealand.

FAO - News Article: Traditional farming system in Brazil added to global agricultural heritage list

FAO - News Article: Traditional farming system in Brazil added to global agricultural heritage list

Farmers known as Sempre-vivas flower gatherers from Espinhaço Mountain Range won recognition for their crucial role in enhancing biodiversity and preserving traditional knowledge.

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

Latimer / TNC A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology finds that birds were generally less stressed and in better condition on more locally-diverse farms and on farms embedded in more natural landscapes .

Children’s Book Review: Wake Up, Woods

Children’s Book Review: Wake Up, Woods

The best children’s nature books are not only a pleasure to read, but also ignite curiosity and encourage kids to get out and explore the world around them.Wake Up, Woods is produced by the Indiana Native Plant Society, but this is not just a book for the Hoosier State.

What We Know (And Don’t Know) About Cities & Biodiversity

What We Know (And Don’t Know) About Cities & Biodiversity

In other words, the food urban dwellers eat turns out to be more important for global biodiversity than the direct environmental impact of the urban areas in which they live.

‘Blooming heck’ - Microalgae feature in latest biodiversity memoir

‘Blooming heck’ - Microalgae feature in latest biodiversity memoir

A group of microscopic algae that form vast aquamarine blooms off the east coast is the subject of NIWA’s latest Biodiversity Memoir.Measuring as small as three microns (0.003 mm), powerful scanning electron microscopes are needed to look at the algae in detail.

White House Plans Biofuel Quota Boost Amid Appeals From Iowa

White House Plans Biofuel Quota Boost Amid Appeals From Iowa

Top administration officials have developed plans to give a 5% boost to U.S. renewable fuel-blending quotas in 2020, as President Donald Trump seeks to temper farm-state criticism he has undermined U.S. mandates compelling the use of corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel.

FAO - News Article: We need better stewardship of our land to tackle climate change, safeguard food security and conserve biodiversity

FAO - News Article: We need better stewardship of our land to tackle climate change, safeguard food security and conserve biodiversity

"This is an alarming report on how the systematic degradation of soils, cutting of forests, desertification, unsustainable agricultural practices, and reduction of biodiversity have turned our land into a major source of carbon, putting our food security and environment at a greater risk," FAO Deputy Director-General for Climate and Natural Resources Maria Helena Semedo said.

New IPCC Report Shows How Our Abuse of Land Drives Climate Change

New IPCC Report Shows How Our Abuse of Land Drives Climate Change

This new report takes steps to quantify how our abuse of the land—deforestation, industrial agriculture, draining of carbon-capturing peatlands—is driving climate change, and in turn how that climate change is exacerbating the degradation of land the world over.

A Biodiversity Analysis in Los Angeles

A Biodiversity Analysis in Los Angeles

Understanding basic patterns in the biogeography of an urban area is the focus of a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Expanding Protected Areas Is Not Always the Best Investment

Expanding Protected Areas Is Not Always the Best Investment

A new paper shows that managing existing protected areas to a better standard is often a smarter investment of new funds than purchasing additional land. Given limited funding for conservation, countries are often faced with a choice: spend money on creating new protected areas, or allocating that money to better manage existing protected areas.

You Can Power a Calculator With Some LEDs

You Can Power a Calculator With Some LEDs

If you're extra crafty, you could grab an LED (light-emitting diode) and use it to get your calculator to function again. This makes it look as if a positive hole is moving in the opposite direction as the negative charge, such that there is a constant current across the diode.

FAO - News Article: New UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration offers unparalleled opportunity for job creation, food security and addressing climate change

FAO - News Article: New UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration offers unparalleled opportunity for job creation, food security and addressing climate change

"The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration will help countries race against the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss," said José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Paying for ecosystem services, a successful approach to reducing deforestation in Mexico

Paying for ecosystem services, a successful approach to reducing deforestation in Mexico

Mexico, under evaluation To test whether Mexico’s PES program is in fact reducing deforestation, an impact evaluation was conducted by a team of researchers from Oregon State University and Amherst College, with funding from the Mexican Government, the i2i Program supported by the United Kingdom, and the Program on Forests (PROFOR), and with technical expertise from the World Bank.

FAO - News Article: The biodiversity that is crucial for our food and agriculture is disappearing by the day

FAO - News Article: The biodiversity that is crucial for our food and agriculture is disappearing by the day

The foundation of our food systems is under severe threat The report points to decreasing plant diversity in farmers’ fields, rising numbers of livestock breeds at risk of extinction and increases in the proportion of overfished fish stocks.

3 Smart Things: What You Might Not Know About Attention

3 Smart Things: What You Might Not Know About Attention

The phenomenon is due to a shrinking “useful field of view,” the feature of visual attention that helps us recognize at a glance what’s important to focus on. Studies show that kids have a similarly limited field of view, hindering their ability to register the complete visual world around them.

Tesla's Cost-Cutting Layoffs and More This Week in Car News

Tesla's Cost-Cutting Layoffs and More This Week in Car News

Headlines Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week Flight Reminder of the Week This week marked 10 years since pilots Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after a bird strike knocked out both of the plane’s engines.

Thousands of Unstudied Plants May Be at Risk of Extinction

Thousands of Unstudied Plants May Be at Risk of Extinction

Other regions, they found, like the fog-nurtured biome hugging the southern coast of the Arabian peninsula, harbored a large number of potentially threatened species that hadn’t received nearly as much attention.IUCN ratings aren’t the end-all-be-all of conservation assessment; but they do have bearing on which areas are protected as biodiversity hotspots abroad, and are fed into databases that extractive industries use for reducing threats to endangered species as they work.

Keeping Conservation Relevant in the Urban Century

Keeping Conservation Relevant in the Urban Century

For instance, conservation action on just 49,000 km2 could help protect key biodiversity areas at risk from urban growth. Urban growth could also affect parks and other protected natural areas.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 24 October 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 24 October 2018

Parts of Queenstown-Lakes District in Otago, the Grey and Buller Districts in the West Coast, northeastern Marlborough, and the Waimate District in southern Canterbury experience well below average rainfall for this time of year, while the rest of the island had near normal rainfall.

UK weather warning: World to experience EXTREME heat for next FOUR YEARS

UK weather warning: World to experience EXTREME heat for next FOUR YEARS

UK weather warning: World to experience EXTREME heat for next FOUR YEARS SCORCHING heatwaves like the one we have just experienced will be with us annually for the next four years at least, scientists have warned.

A world on fire – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

A world on fire – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

The red points overlaid on the image designate those areas that by using thermal bands detect actively burning fires. NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Worldview application provides the capability to interactively browse over 700 global, full-resolution satellite imagery layers and then download the underlying data.

Where Logging Reigns, Going Beyond Sharing vs Sparing

Where Logging Reigns, Going Beyond Sharing vs Sparing

A new analysis from the Science for Nature & People Partnership will determine which combination of land use — sharing or land sparing — in Indonesia’s Berau district is best for maintaining timber yields, while still protecting forest biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being.

Like to Eat? Then You Should Care About Biodiversity

Like to Eat? Then You Should Care About Biodiversity

Through the implementation of healthy agricultural systems in Colombia, The Nature Conservancy and partners are demonstrating that biodiversity can increase ecosystem’s productivity and its long-term growth.