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Forests Finally Emerging as Climate Issue

The representatives of more than 100 countries attending December's U.N. climate conference in Bali, Indonesia, finally focused on the important role tropical forests play in global warming.

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Choking Coastal Waters

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p>My team at WRI, together with Dr. Bob Diaz at the Virginia Marine Institute, has identified and mapped 415 eutrophic and hypoxic coastal systems worldwide through an extensive literature review. Of these, 169 are documented hypoxic areas, 233 are areas of concern and 13 are systems in recovery.

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Plants at the Pump

Biofuels, Climate Change, and Sustainability

Examines the feasibility of achieving significant emissions reductions from the proliferation of biofuels and concludes that biofuels are not a complete, nor even the primary, solution to our transport fuel needs.

Assessing U.S. Farm Drainage

Can GIS Lead to Better Estimates of Subsurface Drainage Extent?

Extensive subsurface "tile" drainage systems on Corn Belt farmlands have important implications for nutrient pollution in surface water, notably the hypoxic "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, existing drainage data are outdated and inconsistent. Can a map-based...

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Thirst for Corn

What 2007 Plantings Could Mean for the Environment

Now that legislation in the U.S. has jump-started the ethanol industry, priority should be directed less at the expansion of the industry and more at an evolution that offers the most benefits for the environment and energy security.

Agriculture and Climate Change

Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Opportunities and the 2007 Farm Bill

How can managers of agricultural operations reduce their greenhouse gas emissions? What opportunities exist under the Conservation Title of the 2007 Farm Bill to enhance climate change mitigation opportunities from the U.S. agricultural sector?

Agricultural Subsidies, Poverty, and the Environment

Supporting a Domestic Reform Agenda in Developing Countries

What policies are needed so that reforms in agricultural subsidies in developed countries can translate into real benefits for poor farmers and for the environment in developing countries?

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