Intact ecosystems provide best defence against climate change

Intact ecosystems provide best defence against climate change

With climate change now posing a clear and present danger all around the planet, scientists are calling for more intelligence in the decisions we make about how we adapt, especially in relation to our ecosystems. In many cases, leaving these ecosystems intact would be the smartest and most cost-effective insurance policy we could have. That’s […]

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Farmers at work in an Indonesian rice field. The Mega Rice Project
aimed to help grow the economy, create employment and alleviate
poverty for men and women. Unfortunately, the many other values of
the peat swamp it replaced were discounted. (Photo by Josh Estey.)

Balancing trade-offs between land-use policy objectives

Exploring options in an abandoned agricultural project in Kalimantan Conservation and economic paradigms are shifting. In decades past it seemed fine to dedicate land to either conservation or production. But more recently we realise that this is inadequate to save all biodiversity, particularly where we want and need it. We live in a world of […]

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That’s novel

A new text on novel ecosystems Land conversion, climate change and species invasions are contributing to the widespread emergence of novel ecosystems. Dealing with them demands a shift in how we think about traditional approaches to conservation, restoration and environmental management. These systems are novel because they exist without historical precedents and are self-sustaining. Traditional […]

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