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Forest carbon storage puzzles scientists

How forest carbon storage affects climate change is a vital part of scientists’ calculations. But fresh uncertainties keep on sprouting. By Tim Radford for Climate News Network LONDON, 6 November, … Read on

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The battle for the future of farming: what you need to know

Kletr/Shutterstock.com Michel Pimbert, Coventry University and Colin Anderson, Coventry University It is widely agreed that today’s global agriculture system is a social and environmental failure. Business as usual is no … Read on

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UN approves Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas

PRESS RELEASE | LA VIA CAMPESINA 19 November. Monday, [NEW YORK] The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the UN General Assembly voted in favour of the UN Declaration … Read on

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Brexit: Government’s environmental plans

According to the Brexit Civil Society Alliance, the Commons Environmental Audit Committee has concluded that “[T]he Government’s environmental plans fail to replace one-third of EU laws. . . The UK … Read on

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Why cows properly cared for are good – for the land, the climate, and us

This from Tom Chapman a livestock farmer, agriculture consultant and founding member of the Pasture Fed Livestock Association: “The oft-mentioned trope about emissions from animals and their other, supposedly damaging, … Read on

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UK scientists risk prison to urge action – it’s all happening today in Parliament Square

This from the Climate News Network by Alex Kirby: A group of British scientists and their supporters is willing to risk a prison term to press governments to tackle climate … Read on

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Meat, morality, and the vortex of lies

An early morning rant from Colin Tudge We are invited to be cheered by aspects of the Agriculture Bill for it seems that at last a Secretary of State is … Read on

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Natural Capital: a neoliberal response to species extinction

In this article, Ian Rappel attacks the thinking and ambition behind the drive to attach a monetary value to biodiversity and nature – that it “is being portrayed as a … Read on

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The global status of agroecology

Michel Pimbert (Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience) pulls no punches in this overview of agroecology as he traces its origins, its current popularity at governmental and intergovernmental levels, and … Read on

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Access to land for a new generation of farmers in Europe

This new report from the Access to Land group of EU farming organisations (funded by Erasmus) explores the difficulties and opportunities  for new farmers. Here’s the introduction to the report: … Read on

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