While droughts, floods and increasingly rapid groundwater depletion are cause for concern, this year presents unprecedented opportunities to pursue better water management. Director of WRI's Global Water program Betsy Otto explains.
Companies, especially those with consumer-facing brands, have become increasingly concerned about the reputational, operational and legal risks posed by deforestation. So some are seeking out ways to root it out of their supply chains.
For better or for worse, plantation forests are here to stay. But through sustainable management and a "landscape approach," plantations can actually help contribute to the global restoration movement. Researcher Jared Messinger explains.
The cut-flower industry takes a heavy toll on the land, water and climate. Researcher Kathleen Buckingham explains.
New data on Global Forest Watch shows that in some of the world's most heavily forested nations, more than 90 percent of tree cover loss is happening in natural forests rather than plantations. That's a problem since natural forests, especially those in the tropics, provide much greater climate, biodiversity and water benefits over planted lands.
Champions 12.3, a voluntary coalition of executives from government, business, farmer groups and more, aims to help halve global food waste by 2030 while also reducing food loss.
WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer revealed 2016's top stories to watch when it comes to the environment, economy and sustainability.
Because palm oil production is a major driver of deforestation in the humid tropics, it poses potential reputational risks to companies associated with it. But how should businesses trace palm oil in their supply chains? One way is to look at palm oil mills.
This infographic shows the activities of AFR100 (the African Restoration Initiative), a country-led effort to bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030.
Forests, which cover about one-third of the land on Earth, are an often under-appreciated resource for addressing climate change. But this year, things could be different.
Conflict in the Middle East and Africa is driving a human tsunami that has sent 500,000 people into Europe this year in the worst migration crisis since World War II. Beyond the conflict, however, there is another contributing factor: water scarcity.
Fires from this year alone have tripled Indonesia's annual emissions.
More than half the fires are burning on peatlands, which hold some of the highest quantities of carbon on Earth.
New WRI research finds that in order to help secure a sustainable food future, cropland expansion should be limited to lands with "low environmental opportunity costs."
Let's put it this way: If food loss and waste were its own country, it would be the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter, exceeded only by China and the United States.
Sustainable Development Goal 15 aims to improve the management of forests, combat desertification, reverse land degradation and preserve biodiversity. It recognizes that poverty reduction, healthy land and vibrant ecosystems all go together.
Fire alerts in Indonesia have spiked dramatically in recent days, surging even higher than the crisis-level outbreaks of June 2013, March 2014 and November 2014. Satellite data from Global Forest Watch reveals where they're burning.
A few extra trees in a forest won’t have much impact, but planting trees on a farm in the sub-Saharan drylands can make a difference between life and death when drought sets in. Lars Laestadius explains.
Case studies from 21 agriculture projects across India show opportunities for change at scale
As climate change threatens India’s food security, adaptation in the agriculture sector is becoming increasingly important. However, for too long, adaptation has been characterized by individual efforts and by small, time-bound pilot projects.