Tony Rinaudo is an Australian agronomist, who is widely known as the “forest maker.” Having lived and worked in African countries for many decades, he has discovered and put in practice a solution to the extreme deforestation and desertification of the Sahel region.
Using an elegantly simple set of management practices, farmers can grow new trees quickly by utilizing the root systems beneath existing tree stumps. He will describe the path to this solution to land degradation and the history, development and impact of the global movement called Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration. The work he began in Niger in 1983 has now been linked to the regrowth of 200 million trees on five million hectares of degraded farmland in Niger alone.
More than an effective, low cost, rapid and scalable method of land and environmental restoration, FMNR is restoring livelihoods and food security across tens of thousands of communities and in the process, restoring hope.
Environmental journalist Judith D. Schwartz joins Tony in this conversation.
Boston Mayor Wu hosts a press conference at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University to announce enhanced efforts to protect and expand Boston’s tree canopy to foster healthier and more livable neighborhoods.
Formed by the Boston City Council, the Groundwater Trust Forum is committed to protecting and preserving the integrity of structural foundations within the city of Boston that are threatened by low water levels. This forum provides an update on where Boston is on the groundwater issue.
Typhoon Noru (Philippine name Karding) rapidly intensified overnight, and is now a Category 5 storm as it approaches central Luzon. Catastrophic damage is possible on Polillo island, southern Aurora, and northern Quezon as the powerful typhoon moves ashore later today. The storm will naturally weaken over land and is likely to claim back some of its strength over the south China Sea later in the week. In the Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center are now expecting Tropical Storm Ian to reach Category 4 intensity as it enters the Gulf of Mexico through the Yucatan Channel in the middle of this coming week, and is poised to make a devastating landfall somewhere in the eastern Gulf late next week. Severe impacts cannot be ruled out anywhere along the western coast of Florida at this time.
Hurricane-strength Fiona is ripping through Canada’s eastern seaboard after making landfall in Nova Scotia early Saturday, slamming the area with fierce rain and damaging winds and knocking out power for hundreds of thousands in what could be a “landmark” weather event for the country.
Hurricane Fiona slammed into Turks and Caicos after devastating Puerto Rico. Five years after Hurricane Maria, a good portion of Puerto Rico is in the dark again without having any major upgrades to its power grid. David Begnaud reports.
The president of the Pacific island of Vanuatu has become the first head of state to make a call for a global treaty to phase out the use of fossil fuels. ‘We call for the development of a fossil fuel nonproliferation treaty to phase down coal, oil and gas production in line with 1.5 degrees Celsius,’ said Vanuatuan president Nikenike Vurobaravu on Friday.
The vulnerable island state has led global diplomatic efforts for urgent steps to be taken to reverse climate change. Vurobaravu also urged countries to join his attempt to include the crime of ecocide in the Rome Statutes. Vanuatu, a carbon-negative archipelago of about 80 islands, has attempted to lead by example in its efforts to reduce fossil fuel dependency, setting itself a target to completely stop use by 2030. The island state is rated one of the most at-risk countries for natural disasters by the UN
A police car navigates through floodwaters on Central St. to reach Atlantic Ave. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR) This article is more than 1 year old.
Boston faces climate change threats from both rising seas and flooding during big rainstorms. These problems are complicated, and they’ll have a profound effect on residents and much of the regional economy.
We cover a lot of this information in our series “Boston Under Water,” but to help you wrap your head around the issues, we’re breaking things down by the numbers.
(Whether or not these facts blow your mind like they did ours, they’ll impress friends at your next dinner party!)
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