In a year tied for the warmest on record globally, the U.S. was hit with costly hurricanes, wildfires, storms and drought.
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NOAA released its list of climate and weather disasters that cost the nation more than $1 billion each. Like many climate and weather events this past year, it shattered the record.
The built environment plays a pivotal role in lowering residents' exposure to climate change driven risks.
COVID-19 restrictions led to calls to open up golf courses to the public. But these are such precious refuges for native flora and fauna that access will have to be carefully managed.
Land reform strategies portray the land as uniform, static and independent from its social-environmental context.
South Africa's that current land reform strategies focus too narrowly on agricultural outcomes and transferred ownership - this undermines equitable and sustainable land reform.
Wildfire smoke creates an orange glow over San Francisco, Sept. 9, 2020.
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How climate change and other human actions have combined to create conditions for explosive wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington state.
People gather at Tolo Wind Farm in Jeneponto Regency, South Sulawesi
Land acquisition remains a major challenge for Indonesia's increasing renewable energy installations.
The UK's official climate advisor recommends up to 50,000 hectares of new woodland each year by 2050.
Bam, a province Burkina Faso, was once a migration source due to land degradation. This is changing thanks to soil and water conservation projects.
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Soil and water conservation projects can create fertile farmlands and change migration patterns linked to land degradation in Burkina Faso.
Old-growth forests prevailed in New England for thousands of years.
Evidence shows Native Americans in New England lived lightly on the land for thousands of years. It wasn't until Europeans arrived that the landscape experienced major human impacts.
Emergency services haven’t been able to protect people and properties against increasingly intense bushfires.
Land-use planning should give more weight to the increasing risks of natural hazards like bushfires as the first step in reducing the impacts.
A Nepalese woman collects mushroom in a forest.
Himalayan villages are growing food in the forests, a traditional model that can fight both land clearing and world hunger.
People have been modifying Earth – as in these rice terraces near Pokhara, Nepal – for millennia.
Erle C. Ellis
Hundreds of archaeologists provided on-the-ground data from across the globe, providing a new view of the long and varied history of people transforming Earth's environment.
Show Works, based in the Melbourne suburb of Preston, makes dance floors, dance equipment and theatre scenery.
Andrew Warren, used with permission
Rezoning to mixed-use residential development drove small manufacturers and creative producers out of the inner city. The result is less diversity of land uses, jobs and services where we most want it.
The costs of keeping a roof over our heads create a dependence on market growth that puts low-consumption, sustainable living out of reach for many of us.
The cost of land and, in turn, housing forces people to buy into the rules of market capitalism, making it very hard to 'downshift' from consumer lifestyles. But what if we rethink public housing?
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The 'tractors and chemicals' recipe for farming has let human populations boom, but left us with degraded soils.
Farming emits greenhouse gases, but the land can also store them.
The world has no hope of reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement without seriously reducing emissions from agriculture, forestry and land clearing.
Natural forest systems are far better at adapting to change conditions than young, degraded or plantation forests.
Forget eyecatching headlines about planting millions of new trees – natural mature forests are far better at storing carbon.
An abandoned village in the Huesca Pyrenees has undergone ‘passive rewilding’.
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The abandonment of crops and pastures allows the natural regeneration of bushes and forests and the recolonization of fauna.
Without significant tree cover, dry and dusty landscapes can result.
A new petition is urging state and federal governments to rein in Australia's rampant land clearing, which worsens the risk of bushfires and threatens to undo the work of the Emissions Reduction Fund.
Is the black-throated finch getting the legal protection it deserves?
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Just one out of a possible 775 development approvals was refused on the basis that it would harm the southern black-throated finch, despite this endangered species being protected by federal law.