Developing Countries Archives - State of the Planet

Huge Land Buys Are Driving Tropical Forest Destruction

A new study finds that investments to establish new oil palm or tree plantations seem to consistently have higher rates of forest loss than other types of activities, such as mining and logging.

by |June 22, 2020

Potentially Fatal Combinations of Humidity and Heat Are Emerging Across the Globe

A new study has identified thousands of incidents of previously rare or unprecedented extreme heat/humidity combinations in parts of Asia, Africa, Australia, South America and North America, including in the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

by |May 8, 2020

Shrinking Snowcaps Fuel Harmful Algal Blooms in Arabian Sea

Driven by changing climate, a uniquely resilient organism is taking over the Arabian Sea, disrupting food chains, fisheries, oil refineries and water desalination plants.

by |May 4, 2020
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John Furlow: Helping Developing Countries Adapt to Climate Change

He and his team are deploying seasonal climate forecasts and index insurance to help Vietnamese farmers plan ahead for changing weather, and to enhance food security.

by |April 2, 2020

Focus on Food Would Help Solve Climate Change, Says Study

A paper released today presents a new global food system approach to climate-change research that brings together agricultural production, supply chains and consumption.

by |February 18, 2020

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2020 and Beyond

Earth Institute researchers are in the field studying the dynamics of the planet on every continent and every ocean. Here is a list of projects.

by |February 4, 2020

Completing My Fieldwork and Returning to Dhaka

My last days in the field brought us to monuments in a makeshift home near the ocean, a flooded field next to a school, and adjacent to a jute mill. Most of us now head back to Dhaka, the capital. Céline will stay on a few more days, then Hasnat with Saif and Nahin will continue until all the monuments are resurveyed.

by |January 13, 2020

Long Days in the Field in Southern Bangladesh

We continued our GPS surveys of monuments to measure land subsidence. While the work general went very well, we faced challenges from obscured or tilted monuments. We also struggled with large traffic delays, particularly at unpredictable ferry crossings.

by |January 10, 2020

Installing GPS Around Barisal, Bangladesh

Getting to remote sites started to prove challenging, and involved many forms of transportation by land and water.

by |January 9, 2020

Back to Bangladesh: How Fast is the Delta Sinking?

I am back in Bangladesh once more to investigate the balance between sea level rise, the sinking of the land, and the filling of the space with sediments.

by |January 4, 2020