Bovine Intervention: Colombia prepares to give unsustainable cattle production the hoof

15 December, 2015 by (comments)

An ambitious proposal from the Colombian government to make cattle production more sustainable could save over a billion tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions, while protecting forests, regenerating land and boosting farmer incomes. If funded, the work will contribute to the country’s commitments to tackle climate change agreed at COP21 in Paris last week. With around 23 million cattle grazingRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

An inconvenient ground-truth

17 November, 2015 by (comments)

New deforestation hotspots point the finger at my favourite fruit I love Terra-i, but today I hate it. A lot. The system uses satellite images to track deforestation in the Amazon in near-realtime. It’s extremely accurate: if a bunch of trees come down somewhere – no matter how remote – Terra-i picks it up. Cool, right? Not today. CIAT’sRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean

Eye in the sky: Terra-i keeps track of deforestation

14 February, 2013 by (comments)

The recent launch of Terra-i, a near real-time deforestation monitoring system for Latin America, brings the hotspots of forest loss into sharp focus. Based on satellite information from NASA, Terra-i can zoom-in on the region’s forests to a resolution of 250m x 250m. It’s smart enough to distinguish between natural losses and those caused by human activity – andRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Punjab on fire – in pictures

12 December, 2012 by (comments)

India’s rice-wheat system feeds a lot of people – and I mean a lot. But the widespread burning of crop residues after the rice harvest is causing all manner of problems, from the release of huge quantities of greenhouse gases and toxins to declining soil fertility. The system desperately needs to become more sustainable. We covered the story hereRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Climate Change website

CCAFS in Nepal: Finding the future of Beora – PART ONE

13 June, 2012 by (comments)

I knew not to expect “guide book” Nepal: majestic, snowy peaks; multicoloured prayer flags fluttering against clear blue skies. But nothing quite prepared me for the Terai. Around 120 km west of the capital Kathmandu, this is a hazy, sweltering, lowland plain, where daytime temperatures hover around 45 degrees Celsius, with little respite after dark. With the sweat pouringRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change

This is what deforestation looks like from space…

11 July, 2011 by (comments)

…or rather, different kinds of deforestation. The first of these shots shows “classic” slash-and-burn agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon. It combines a series of satellite images taken between 1990 and 2000. The coloured clusters depict recently cleared areas of vegetation (purple) and those where vegetation is re-growing (green). The second image, from Mato Grosso, Brazil, shows vegetation clearance overRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

World map counts carbon emissions – and more – as they happen

24 March, 2011 by (comments)

This fascinating “live” map from Breathing Earth allows you to roll over different countries of the world to see their carbon dioxide emissions and birth/death rates. Just in the couple of minutes spent typing this post, China has emitted 24,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, 92 people have been born in India (and only two in Chad), and the worldRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change