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Alex Trembath, Vijaya Ramachandran: The Malthusians are back

Climate activists who worry that the world has too many people are joining an ugly tradition.
Global satellite data show where agriculture is wiping out wildlands

Global satellite data show where agriculture is wiping out wildlands

We’re losing natural ecosystems like forests and grasslands at an alarming rate. But we often hear less about what’s taking the place of those wild habitats. Much of the substitution has come from corn, soybeans and other agricultural crops.

An encroaching desert intensifies Nigeria's farmer-herder crisis

An encroaching desert intensifies Nigeria's farmer-herder crisis

How climate change and human activity are driving violence between farming and pastoralist communities.
Esri's newest mapping project shows how much Earth has changed in the

Esri's newest mapping project shows how much Earth has changed in the

Esri is making these new land cover maps available for free to everyone—and they’re much more likely to be up-to-date than in the past.
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How corn ethanol for biofuel fed climate change

How corn ethanol for biofuel fed climate change

The Renewable Fuel Standard promised to pay farmers to fight climate change and boost U.S. energy independence. A new five-year study of its impact on land use suggests that it did neither—even while it fueled fertilizer use and water pollution.
Why climate change could put new conservation areas in jeopardy

Why climate change could put new conservation areas in jeopardy

A global initiative to protect 30 percent of the earth's land and oceans by 2030 is gaining momentum. But scientists warn that as the world warms, many conservation areas will become less suited to the types of ecosystems they were intended to protect.

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