High Nature Value: Reviving traditional farmlands through social transformations

High Nature Value farmlands are not only rich in biodiversity, but they also provide valuable ecosystem services to society. A recent study illustrates different scenarios for their future and shows a hopeful path forward to avert the threat of agricultural intensification or abandonment through social and economic transformations.

Viola Taubmann
January 12, 2021
Changing the conversation around soil carbon

A flurry of excitement around the power of agricultural practices to capture carbon in soils and curb global climate change is generating investment across the public and private sectors. Recent studies reveal the uncertainties and limitations of these practices’ long-term carbon storage potential, while highlighting their other benefits for the environment and food system. Soil scientists call on decision makers to reframe their approaches to soil management to better capture holistic benefits.

Kara Hoving
January 4, 2021
Implementing regenerative systems in small and medium-sized businesses

Make, use, throw away, repeat. How can we shift toward more sustainable consumption patterns? New research presents how small and medium-sized enterprises play a role in promoting circular economies.

Victoria Mansfield
December 24, 2020
House sparrows need houses: An avoidable conflict between biodiversity and energy efficiency as rural areas modernize

Many bird species need human structures like old barns and houses to build their nests. Their populations are declining as villages modernize, but this modernization improves rural quality of life and energy efficiency. Avoiding the unnecessary choice between rural development and wildlife conservation will require innovative approaches.

Laura González Mantecón
December 17, 2020