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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Mixing education with food security
Nov24

Mixing education with food security

Urban farming is the growing of plants and the raising of animals within and around cities. Examples of food products grown include crops such as grains, root crops, vegetables, mushrooms and fruit. Most importantly urban farming can make an important contribution to food security especially in times of crisis or food shortages. Produce is either consumer by the producers or sold in urban markets such as weekend farmers’ markets that...

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Berlin’s urban redevelopment along the Spree
Sep16

Berlin’s urban redevelopment along the Spree

This year ARCADIS launched its first Sustainable Cities Index. The purpose of the index is to take 50 of the most prominent cities and look at how viable they are as places to live, their environmental impact, their financial stability and how these elements complement one another. While there are many databases that measure cities in a broad cross-section of livability and business climates, ARCADIS believes that to truly understand...

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The Shepherd’s Village bringing water to Maasailand
Aug26

The Shepherd’s Village bringing water to Maasailand

Narok is a village residing on the mouth of the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Narok is the last stop before Kenya’s most visited National Park, where thousands of tourists casually take their last stretch before the long winding, gravel road into the Mara. Tourists are also able to visit and buy crafts from some of the locals, who happen to be about as famous as the park that rests to the south of them: the Maasai tribe. James Ole Sankan was...

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Antarctic icebergs a source of freshwater
Jul29

Antarctic icebergs a source of freshwater

As the world’s population increases over the next 50 years, demand for water will increase dramatically: by 2030 global water demand will outstrip supply by 40%. With 90% of the 3 billion people expected to be added to the world’s population by 2050 living in developing countries there will be additional stress placed on water supplies, particularly in regions where the current population does not have sustainable access to safe...

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