Update [10/17/2011]: WRI has released the latest edition of Climate Science.
New research shows that Africa offers some of the greatest opportunities globally for restoring forests.
Nearly 450 million hectares of degraded forest landscapes — an area the size of the European Union — offer opportunities for restoration in Africa, more than in any other continent
This piece originally appeared in The Guardian.
Trees are being cut down for farming, but a new study shows that a lot of land already cleared could be used instead.
"We are one shock away from a full-blown crisis," stated Robert Zoellick, the president of the World Bank, at a recent meeting of the bank and the IMF. He was referring to a critical increase in poverty, resulting from the escalating cost of food. The UN's food price index has risen 37% since March 2010. Basic cereal prices are up 60% over this period. Wheat is up 63%, and maize 83%.
This piece originally appeared in the Washington Post Environmental Leadership supplement on April 20, 2011, and is reposted with permission.
With large-scale agricultural investments on the rise, the rights of local people must be protected.
Proposed Accounting and Reporting Steps
This paper suggests greenhouse gas accounting and reporting procedures for the agricultural sector, based on the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard.
WRI President Jonathan Lash previews the key environmental issues to watch in 2011.
We are on a collision course between ecosystems and food. How we resolve this issue over the coming years will be a key to preserving biodiversity and human well-being.
Expanding agriculture onto already degraded lands could relieve pressure on the world’s remaining forests.
Enabling tropical countries to boost their economies and feed global populations whi