Reducing the costs of land degradation from agriculture
Dec09

Reducing the costs of land degradation from agriculture

Over the past two centuries, humans have converted or modified 70% of the world’s grasslands, 50% of the savannah, 45% of temperate forests and 27% of tropical forests for farming and grazing activities. Today, of the 13 billion hectares of ice-free land in the world, 46% is used by agriculture and forestry, of which 52% is considered moderately or severely affected by soil degradation. Over the past 20 years alone global croplands...

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Water scarcity a catalyst for cooperation
Dec03

Water scarcity a catalyst for cooperation

Demand for water is projected to outstrip supply by 2030 as a result of numerous mega-trends including climate change, rapid economic and population growth and urbanization. As such there is potential for water to become a catalyst for conflict between multiple users and uses. Conflict could occur inside nations with local water users competing for limited resources or it could occur at the nation-state level with nations competing...

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