Combat Desertification and Drought One of the biggest and least understood environmental challenges facing the globe, desertification refers to the irreversible degradation of soil through human activities such as deforestation, unsustainable farming, mining and overgrazing. It occurs when trees and root systems that bind the soil are removed, exposing topsoil to erosion, and when unsustainable […]

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There is so much beauty on the planet worth protecting, but sometimes such a large idea can seem abstract. For one novelist, his stories about our vast lands and seas are told from the perspective of the endangered species that we wish to protect. John Morano is a professor of journalism at Monmouth University. He’s […]

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NPR reports on the devastating deforestation in the BrazilianAmazon The country’s National Institute for Space Research, or INPE, released data Monday revealing that 3,769 square miles of rainforest were lost to deforestation in a 12-month period ending in July. That marks the highest rate of deforestation since 2008 — and a nearly 30% spike over […]

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Recommendations to establish sustainable palm oil operations in the Republic of Gabon This piece is part of a series of assessment submissions from Warwick Economics’ Introduction to Environmental Economics module for first-year students. Executive Summary In recent decades, the global market for palm oil has grown significantly. With South-East Asia’s land availability becoming increasingly scarce, the next […]

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