Daily Archives: December 2, 2018

Allan Savory: How Can Deserts Turn Into Grasslands? : NPR

November 15, 20139:20 AM ET
Heard on TED Radio Hour

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Misconceptions.

About Allan Savory’s TEDTalk

About two-thirds of the world’s grasslands have turned into desert. Allan Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

About Allan Savory

Allan Savory works to promote holistic management in the grasslands of the world. In the 1960s, while working in Africa on the interrelated problems of increasing poverty and disappearing wildlife, Savory made a significant breakthrough in understanding the degradation and desertification of grassland ecosystems.

In 1992, Savory and his wife, Jody Butterfield, formed the Africa Centre for Holistic Management in Zimbabwe, a learning site for people all over Africa. In 2010, the Centre won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for its work in reversing desertification. In that same year he and his wife, with others, founded the Savory Institute in Boulder, Colo., to promote large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands.

Related NPR Stories

Drought Forces New Mexico Ranchers To Better Manage The Land
Mongolia’s Dilemma: Who Gets The Water?
Ecologists Turn To Planned Grazing To Revive Grassland Soil

Web Resources

Related TED Playlist: The Big Picture
Fighting The Growing Deserts, With Livestock: Allan Savory at TED2013
Related TED Playlist: Everything You Thought…Was Wrong

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IFPRI-FAO Global Event — Future Smart Food

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Published on Nov 30, 2018

Some 95 percent of the food we eat comes from just 30 species of plants, yet we are aware of more than 12-thousand species considered edible. We need to make better use of these underutilized foods to achieve #ZeroHunger – FAO Asst. Dir-Gen, Kundhavi Kadiresan said at #AcceleratingZeroHunger.

See: FAO-IFPRI Events

Improving the resilience of family farmers to climate change

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Published on Nov 30, 2018

http://www.fao.org/in-action/aicca/ FAO, IFAD and national governments are supporting family farmers from West and Central Africa to adapt small-scale irrigation systems to climate change to be more resilient. A survey was carried out among 691 households in 21 sites in this region, to assess how farmers are coping with climate change. Watch the video to see the results. For more information on the project “Adapting small-scale irrigation to climate change in West and Central Africa”, see http://www.fao.org/in-action/aicca/

See: FAO-IFPRI Events

Noam Chomsky on George Orwell

Chomsky’s Philosophy
Published on Sep 28, 2017

Chomsky on “Animal Farm”, “Homage to Catalonia”, “1984”, and real-life examples of Newspeak.

Climate Change and the National Climate Assessment

Alliance for Climate Education
Published on Nov 30, 2018

While Trump was busy burying our own government’s dire climate report on Black Friday, young people have been busy demanding sweeping climate policy at the speed and scale that the climate crisis demands. …. Alliance for Climate Education’s mission is to educate young people on the science of climate change and empower them to take action. By empowering youth to take action within a frame of justice and optimism, we are growing and strengthening the climate movement, and shifting the national discourse on climate in ways that are proven to affect public opinion and policy.

Media Takes Heat For Offering Climate Change Doubters A Voice

WGBH News
Published on Nov 30, 2018

The debate about climate change is one the media hasn’t facilitated for some time, given the overwhelming evidence of its existence. But this week, some skeptics were given a platform to push back on a government report. On this week’s edition of Beat the Press, Emily Rooney was joined by Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University, Joanna Weiss of Experience Magazine, former CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian and Lylah Alphonse of U.S. News and World Report.

When Reporting On Natural Disasters, Is There A Coastal Bias?


WGBH News
Published on Nov 30, 2018

If there’s a hurricane headed toward the East Coast, you can count on days of breathless coverage. But when it comes to the wildfires ravaging the West Coast — specifically, California — according to some news analysis, the coverage does not compare. On this week’s edition of Beat the Press, Emily Rooney was joined by Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University, Joanna Weiss of Experience Magazine, former CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian and Lylah Alphonse of U.S. News and World Report.