Kenya risks losing 18 animal and bird species, and the ecosystem services they provide—Research report
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Kenya risks losing 18 animal and bird species, and the ecosystem services they provide—Research report

A group of scientists led by Dr Joseph Ogutu say Kenya risks losing 18 animal and bird species due to negligence. They include warthogs, lesser kudu, Thomson’s gazelle, eland, oryx, topi, hartebeest, impala, Grévy’s zebra, waterbuck, wildebeest, giraffe, gerenuk, Grant’s gazelle, buffalo, elephant, ostrich and Burchell’s zebra. Continue reading

New paper reveals nexus between scientific assessment methods and social accountability
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New paper reveals nexus between scientific assessment methods and social accountability

A newly published study analysed socioecological assessment technologies to establish how scientific socio-ecological assessments promote science-policy-practice and how scientific choices can simplify complex sociological relationships with implications for science-policy-practice Continue reading

Small farms to the rescue—reducing hunger by increasing low yields
Africa / Agriculture / Article / Crops / Environment / Food Security / Intensification / Livelihoods / Nutrition / South Asia

Small farms to the rescue—reducing hunger by increasing low yields

At the Global Landscapes Initiative in the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, our research focuses on increasing global food security while reducing harmful impacts from agriculture to Earth’s natural resources. We have found that one key strategy to combating food insecurity—lack of access to nutritious foods—is increasing food production on small farms. There are tremendous opportunities to increase yields throughout South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. . . . Continue reading

The epidemiological search for Ebola’s hiding places
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The epidemiological search for Ebola’s hiding places

After the recent epidemic, Ebola disappeared. But this relief is only temporary: the virus is hiding somewhere—maybe in forest animals, maybe closer to home. Leigh Cowart joins the hunt. This article was first published by Wellcome on Mosaic and is reproduced here under a Creative Commons licence. Continue reading

Tightened rules for use of antibiotics by livestock producers go into effect in the United States
Agri-Health / AMR / Animal Production / Article / Disease Control / Health / North America / USA

Tightened rules for use of antibiotics by livestock producers go into effect in the United States

From the United States comes this good news about a new rule that has gone into effect curtailing use of antibiotics in livestock production with the aim of reducing the rise of antimicrobial resistance to drugs of medical importance. Continue reading

To end poverty without wrecking the environment, put people first—New series by Nathanael Johnson
Agriculture / Article / Environment / Livelihoods / Policy / Poverty

To end poverty without wrecking the environment, put people first—New series by Nathanael Johnson

Nathanael Johnson, a talented food writer at Grist, a non-profit environmental news and commentary site based in Seattle, has published a thoughtful special series of eight articles around a question seldom looked at squarely in the eye—that is: How can we eliminate absolute poverty from the world without destroying the environment in the process? Continue reading