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Food or Fuel? The Bioenergy Dilemma

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p>The cost of grain-based staples--such as tortillas in Mexico, beef noodles in western China, and bread in the United States--has increased around the world. There are several reasons why prices have jumped, but there’s one getting a lot of attention: the global rush for bioenergy.

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Swallowed by Sand: China's Billion-Dollar Battle Against Desertification

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p>It is estimated that desertification, a process of land degradation that occurs in dryland ecosystems due to overexploitation and land mismanagement, now costs China about $2-3 billion each year.

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Reefs at Risk +10

What is Reefs at Risk and why is it unique?

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Disappearance of the Aral Sea

The Aral Sea, on the border of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, is a cautionary tale about how changes to ecosystems can have far-reaching impacts on the communities that depend on the services they provide.

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Commemorating the International Day for Biological Diversity

Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity. We are increasingly finding that "biological diversity"---life on earth, including the variability among living organisms within species and between species---is essential to human well-being.

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Maya Nut Trees Make A Comeback

In Central America, the Maya Nut is making it clear that trees are worth more standing than cut down.

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Food Price Crisis Triggers Questions about Global Food Security

Skyrocketing food prices have triggered riots across the developing world and forced the world's largest food aid agency to confront a $500 million deficit. The media are focused on short-term consequences, but there are also concerns about the long-term forecast for global food security, poverty, and hunger.

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The 10 Big Questions For Corporate Forest Product Purchasing

Corporate procurement managers are increasingly looking for ways to ensure that wood and paper-based products are environmentally and socially sound. The WRI/WBCSD procurement guide being released today is a toolbox to help them.

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