Another gem from the #12Copmas21 campaign we didn’t manage to share with you before Christmas. Thank you to @ecoactiongames and @projectdirt. Is the garden rosy for sustainable agriculture? Most of […]
One of the great ironies of the Paris Climate Change Conference is the carbon footprint left by the 40,000 attendees who have journeyed across the globe to visit the French capital. It’s estimated that 300,000 tonnes of CO2 was generated by the two week summit, and Barack Obama’s travel arrangements alone will send more carbon dioxide into the air than the combined annual emissions of 31 US homes.
Happy New Year from the Heads! We hope you have all had a wonderful break and are feeling refreshed and ready for 2016. We are rested and very excited for […]
Where would we be without agriculture? We’d be very hungry for a start! Whilst food is the most obvious of benefits, agriculture provides fuels, raw materials and medicines that we simply couldn’t do without. In essence, agriculture is indispensable to our everyday lives in many more ways than simply satisfying our hunger pangs.
Guest blog by professor Steven Loiselle, Research Manager, Global Freshwater Research, Earthwatch
Dwindling water supplies and decreasing water quality are among the most significant issues facing society. World leaders’ pledges for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG) ‘Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’ will be one of the most significant and decisive for society today and the next century. Every other SDG relating to health, food security, climate change, resiliency to disasters and ecosystems hinges on the availability of water.
According to a 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), our diets and, specifically, the meat we consume, are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane & nitrous oxide, than all transportation modes combined. Intensive, industrial scale meat farming and government subsidies has turned meat from what used to be an occasional treat, to an affordable, everyday, every meal product. Demand for meat has increased globally as countries develop and population grows with the total amount of meat produced climbing from 70 million tonnes in 1961 to 160 million tonnes in 1987 to 304 million tonnes in 2012 (FAO 2012a) an increase of 300 per cent in 50 years.