Tag: agriculture

Warming Streams Have Cascading Impacts in the Amazon

by | 10.13.2014 at 1:50pm
Aerial view of a changing landscape. Photo: Marcia Macedo

To protect a river, you must preserve its headwaters. Agricultural development is warming streams at the headwaters of the Xingu River, in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Rising temperatures have local impacts that could cascade into regional changes, highlighting the importance of responsible land use outside of protected areas.

Hatchets, Ratchets & Pivots: Book Talk by Ruth DeFries

by | 9.24.2014 at 5:04pm
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As Professor Ruth DeFries aptly stated in her opening remarks at yesterday’s book launch for “The Big Ratchet,” if you look at satellite pictures of the earth, you see the imprint of the human species everywhere. Humans have come to dominate the planet. But how did this come to be? This question, among others, is what DeFries hopes to answer in her new book, “The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis.” How did humans acquire the capability to spread out over the entire earth and control other species?

Tanzania Launches Plan to Fight Climate Impacts on Agriculture

by | 9.19.2014 at 3:34pm
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Vital Signs is a key part of Tanzania’s new Agriculture Climate Resilience Plan, which presents a strategy for sustainable agricultural development in the face of shifting rainfall patterns and other effects of a changing climate.

New Executive Program on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

by | 9.18.2014 at 4:52pm
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The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment will be addressing the challenges of sustainable agricultural investment in its inaugural Executive Training Program on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture, which will be held at Columbia University from March 8-13, 2015.

In India, Reducing the Dependency on Monsoon Precipitation

by | 5.28.2014 at 3:47pm
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The Centers for International Projects Trust has undertaken various low cost technological innovations to reduce the amount of water used for the production of rice and wheat in India. Such innovations not only reduce water usage in agriculture but also make farmers less vulnerable to climate variability, especially as it relates to the monsoon season.

Science and Solutions for Sustainable Development: 2013 Annual Report

by | 2.17.2014 at 1:51pm
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The Earth Institute is grateful to its many partners for their important role in the effort to develop the science and solutions necessary for sustainable development. Please visit the interactive digital 2013 Annual Report to read more about how we are forging partnerships across disciplines and sectors to advance the global effort to guide our planet onto a path toward sustainability.

Climate Training for Development Professionals

by | 12.4.2013 at 1:25pm
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The International Research Institute for Climate and Society and the U.S. Agency for International Development will launch a new set of training webcasts geared for development professionals who want to be more fluent in the science that underpins their climate change adaptation projects.

Farmers in Senegal Use Forecasts to Combat Climate Risks

by | 5.21.2013 at 10:22am
Participants in the December 2012 Scaling Up Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia workshop in Senegal visit farmers in Kaffrine that received climate forecasts for the first time in 2011. Photo by Alexa Jay, CCAFS

Recent trainings in Senegal have improved trust between farmers and researchers, leading to increased use of climate forecasts and other information.

Climate and Society Students ‘Develop’ Research for NASA, IRI

by | 4.12.2013 at 2:07pm
Satellite image courtesy NASA Goddard

Two Climate and Society students are working on a NASA DEVELOP project at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. Learn about the research and visit their virtual posters.

Phosphorus: Essential to Life—Are We Running Out?

by | 4.1.2013 at 2:32pm
Fertilizing a corn field in Iowa. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Phosphorus is essential to human health and vital for food production. But are we using up phosphorus faster than we can economically extract it?