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Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Better Integration of Land Use Impacts Needed Across EU Policies

Land is a valuable and limited resource. The environmental impact of land used for building new roads, houses or energy grids should be better integrated into European Union policies, according to a report released today by the European Environment Agency. A preliminary review on how land is used in the EU found that more attention

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Agriculture Expansion Could Reduce Rainfall in Brazil’s Cerrado

PROVIDENCE, R.I. —Agricultural expansion is quickly chewing up native vegetation in the vast wooded savannas of Brazil’s Cerrado biome, and a new study shows that those changes in land use are altering the region’s water cycle. “We’ve shown that cropland recycles less water annually back into the atmosphere than native Cerrado vegetation,” said Stephanie

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

USCB Researchers Contribute to “Ecosystems of California”

With forests and farmland, mountains and desert and almost 900 miles of scenic coastline, California’s vast terrain is both dramatic and varied. The newly published “Ecosystems of California” (UC Press, 2016) provides a comprehensive synthesis of this biologically diverse state examining its myriad landscapes through multiple lenses: past and present, flora and fauna, aquatic and

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Stockholm Environment Institute Seeks Senior Researcher for Climate Change Mitigation

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) seeks a senior level researcher to build upon and expand SEI’s climate change mitigation research in the forestry, land use and agriculture sectors. SEI is an independent international research organization working on sustainable development issues at local, national, and global policy levels.  One of seven centers that span four continents,

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Huge Uncertainty in the Carbon Outcomes of Common Land-use Transitions

Land-use changes, including deforestation, are important sources of carbon emissions linked to global climate change. However, a new study challenges key policy assumptions. The study reports that it remains virtually impossible to anticipate how many common land-use transitions affect carbon stocks, based on existing data.  This includes agricultural shifts, suggesting that efforts to replace slash-and-burn

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

New UK National Land Use Map Produced by GeoInformation Group

The GeoInformation Group announces the first release of its land use reference database for the United Kingdom. This unique and comprehensive National Land Use Map identifies the location and the extent of 26 different land use categories throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is the only current map of its kind enabling planners