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Timberland Study Leads to Plans to Revive Haitian Smallholder Cotton Farming, Export

Building on the success of an innovative and successful for-profit agroforestry development project in Haiti, Timberland and the Smallholder Farmers Alliance have joined forces and undertaken efforts that may revive cotton farming and export, once Haiti’s fourth largest agricultural export.

USDA supporting rural renewable energy

USDA Invests $300 Million to Boost Small Business, Rural Renewables, Energy Efficiency

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the new REAP and EECLP funding in Texas, where nine small and rural businesses have been awarded more than $10 million in grants and loans to install renewable energy systems and enhance energy efficiency.

The costs of climate change are here and now

Berkeley Researchers Highlight Severe, Present Day Costs of Climate Change

Reviewing more than 100 current climate studies, two University of California, Berkeley researchers concluded that global waming is already taking a heavy toll on people and economic activity the world over.

Rwanda Green Fund Investments Paying Big Dividends

Issuing its ninth request for proposals this week, Rwanda’s Green Fund, FONERWA continues to empower Rwandans, funding and assisting stakeholders to carry out projects that improve socioeconomic conditions, create employment and new business development opportunities while leveraging and conserving the country’s natural capital.

Indonesian Inferno Releasing More CO2 than the U.S. Economy

In just three weeks, a raging inferno in Indonesia has released more CO2 than Germany does in a year, and more than that of the entire U.S. economy. Clearing forest and altering landscapes and waterways underlain by carbon-rich peat deposits for palm oil agriculture is to blame.

Emissions Impacts of Covert Tropical Deforestation Revealed

As cacao production in West Africa continues to decline during the current period of record-high demand for chocolate South American nations such as Peru have been rushing to expand the land under cacao cultivation to fill the gap. That, in turn, is accelerating the pace of deforestation and the degradation of other crucial ecosystems and the life-supporting services and products…

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Desert agriculture may amplify the process of burying carbon deep below the surface in aquifers

A Hidden Carbon Sink Underneath the World’s Deserts?

About 40 percent of the carbon dioxide released from deforestation and burning fossil fuel stays in the atmosphere. Another 30 percent is taken up in the oceans.┬áIt was thought that the remaining 30 percent of anthropogenic carbon was absorbed by plants on land, but subsequent measurements didn’t bear that out, leading to the question of the “missing carbon sink.” The…

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