Start off informed with these environmental stories from the first week of 2016:
Declining Wild Bee Population Worrisome for Agriculture
Wild bees pollinate many important crops, but a new study suggests that these crucial insects are disappearing in areas where their services are needed most.
Unnatural Balance: How Food Waste Impacts World’s Wildlife
The world wastes more than $750 billion worth of food every year. Though there has been a lot of attention on how that waste affects humans, hardly anyone talks about what food waste is doing to wildlife.
How Brazil rewards ‘invisible environmentalists’ for cutting waste
Millions of informal waste pickers make a living by collecting, sorting, recycling and selling waste. Yet, these silent environmentalists often face a negative image. In Curitiba, Brazil, policy makers, financial institutions, and activists are working to clean up the city by changing this perception.
Droughts and heatwaves cause 10% drop in annual crop harvests
Over the past five decades, hundreds of droughts and heatwaves have struck countries across the world. A new study finds that these events caused a loss of national crop production equivalent to three times the global maize harvest last year.
End of the sugarcane era in Hawaii: Some see golden opportunity
The last sugar cane producer in Hawaii announced it is ending sugar operations on its only still operating sugar plantation covering 36,000 acres on the island of Maui. The news came as a shock to some concerned for industry employees, while the company—and others, including the state’s governor—embrace the opportunity to expand a diversified model of agriculture on the island.
Strengthening partnerships through advanced agroforestry research in Viet Nam
A training course has helped cement relationships with key agroforestry-development organizations in Viet Nam and prepared young researchers for future growth.
Farmer-friendly method controls banana Xanthomonas wilt disease
Livelihoods in East and Central Africa are seriously threatened by Xanthomonas wilt, a disease that decimates banana yields. Farmers used to be encouraged to undergo an arduous and costly process of removing entire mats of plants, but now there is a new and simpler approach to contain the devastating disease.