Agricultural research tends to ignore the experiences of young Black farmers. Shedding ample light on their narratives can help reform policies and programs to encourage diversity and elevate Black Americans’ contributions to agricultural innovation.
Tropical dry forests are among the most threatened biomes in the world, but are often overlooked while creating conservation plans and protected areas. Conserving these forests can protect thousands of species that are only found in these regions and support the livelihoods of millions of people.
To meet the targets of the Paris Climate agreement, over two-thirds of its signatories will employ land use management and conservation strategies. Yet new research suggests that many tropical nations have the potential to store and preserve far more carbon in natural ecosystems than will be needed to meet their current pledges.
Many coffee-growing regions of the world may become unsuitable as temperatures rise. Cocoa is a viable alternative, but only if farmers improve the resilience of agroforestry systems that support its production.
Fighting extreme poverty will need to happen in tandem with protecting the environment. Research shows that while achieving social goals might be, to a limited extent, at odds with achieving environmental goals, the actions of the rich will have the greatest impact.
Justin Farrell, associate professor of sociology at the Yale School of the Environment, spent 5 years studying the increasing wealth, economic disparity, and environmental change in Teton County, Wyoming. In his book Billionaire Wilderness, released March 2020, Farrell shows how the ultra-wealthy use the natural environment to their advantage in this elite corner of his home state.
Despite the growing partisan divide over solar power adoption in the United States Congress, public adoption of solar power is occurring across the political spectrum. In addition, solar households are active voters. These findings are encouraging for policymakers who are promoting renewable energy.
Land conservation relies heavily on data to determine where protection should occur. But sharing data is not a common practice among land conservation groups. A new study investigates the reasons why some groups choose to share data with others and how this could change our perception of where land conservation occurs in the United States.
Climate change is increasing evapotranspiration in the European Alps and causing a decline in surface water supply in the region. Understanding future changes in surface runoff is essential for managing the water supply for over 170 million people.
Researchers have identified a surprising source of the majority of California’s concentrated methane emissions: landfills. Oil and gas producers and dairy operations are the state’s other two major sources of this powerful greenhouse gas. Identifying the facilities that emit the most methane can help California take action.
Even the most seasoned field biologists can struggle to differentiate between scat of closely related species. A new study shows that trained detection dogs can distinguish scat of the target species from that of close relatives, even when both species have the same diet.
As the U.S. water supply system infrastructure approaches the end of its life, drinking water supplies are increasingly at risk from contamination, supply interruptions, and shortages. In the face of population growth and climate change, it is vital to start considering how to approach a system-wide overhaul.
When there is a bust in the wildlife trade, those animals must be returned home. But in a changing climate, where should that be? A new study examines the impact of rising temperatures in Brazil on habitat suitability for trafficked birds to inform future wildlife management strategies
Despite an international agreement to control hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a new study found that emissions of this extremely potent greenhouse gas are higher now than at any point in history.Failure to control these emissions could derail global efforts to fight climate change.
What are the requirements of “decent living”, and how much energy do we need to meet them? New research shows that decent living standards can be achieved in a warming world. Going beyond the minimum standards, however, may require a change of lifestyles.
Climate change will fundamentally reshape our economy, leaving almost no industry untouched. New research suggests that climate change may impact the stability of the banking sector, potentially leading to financial crises and increased public debt.
Research shows a positive link between nature and mental health. A new study expands on this concept by using smartphones to prompt participants to record their interactions with nature and reveals implications for optimizing city planning for urban greenspace.
There is a big chance that the hamburger you ate for lunch – and even the soy-based alternative – is linked to deforestation in the tropics. A recent study tracked carbon emissions in exported food to provide valuable insights on the link between tropical deforestation and the climate impacts of the food we eat.
As sustainable dyeing processes gain traction globally, researchers document the traditional process of indigo pigment extraction and dyeing practiced by a community in Yunnan, China. Traditional dyeing practices can inform sustainable fashion.
Species diversity of underwater plants is frequently used as a proxy for water quality. But what can the structural layout of underwater plants tell us about the aquatic system? Scientists investigate the connection between complex underwater plant growth and thriving aquatic organism communities, which has implications for biologists, waterfront landowners, and decision makers.
We often hear about “endangered species” but few people are aware of how a species ends up on an endangered list and even fewer understand the impacts of this designation. A group of scientists finally asked the question of how an endangered listing, particularly on the IUCN Red List, changes the prospects for species at risk – with some encouraging results.
Access to clean water remains a struggle for a large portion of the global population. Illnesses from contaminated water have been shown to harm people’s livelihoods. New research shows that in districts with poorer quality water sources, higher rates of diarrhea are associated with lower rates of school enrollment.
Plastic consumption in high-income countries is on the rise despite increasing awareness of the plastic pollution problem. Recent research has revealed that consumers are driven to use more plastic because they don’t see the waste in their local environment. Instead, it is exported to low-income countries, conveniently taken out of sight and out of mind of the people most responsible.
Large-scale, uncontrollable wildfires are expected to break out more frequently and burn with a greater intensity due to climate change. Preventing and responding to these extreme events is an unavoidable challenge that will require using natural solutions, technology, and policy.
As the urgency to develop climate change solutions continues to grow, coastal carbon offset projects present a promising new pathway for climate action. An Indian mangrove restoration project achieved both significant carbon storage and social benefits, demonstrating the potential synergy between environmental protection and economic prosperity.