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Kenyans Turn to Foraging as Californians Bail Out from Torrential Rains

Kenyans are foraging for plants and instects that contain toxic chemicals and cooking them in unsafe water as Californians are struggling to cope with record breaking rains.

FAO Completes World’s First Global Assessment of Drylands Forests

Using free online GIS and open source software, more than 200 FAO researchers completed the groundbreaking study in less than a year.

Efforts to tacle accelerating drought and desertification take shape this year an Namibia

Worldwide Efforts to Combat Drought, Desertification to Take Shape in Namibia This Year

High-level representatives from 195 nations party to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification,, along with civic and environmental groups, will meet in Windhoek to assess progress and plan for future actions to address desertification, land degradation and drought, issues that now affect 168 nations at a cost of some $490 billion, not to mention the loss of lives, health, livelihoods, biodiversity and ecosystems.

Foresting Degraded Land Could Meet Growing Global Energy Demand

Contrary to widely-held assumptions, growing global energy demand could be met sustainably and in a carbon neutral, possibly even carbon negative, way by afforesting land degraded and using lignocellulosic biomass to produce electrical power, liquid fuels and other chemicals. Doing so would have significant additional environmental and social, as well as economic, benefits, two German researchers assert.