Infographic: International Year of Soils 2015: Healthy soils for a healthy life. Our soils are in danger because of expanding cities, deforestation, unsustainable land use and management practices, pollution, overgrazing and climate change. The current rate of soil degradation threatens the capacity to meet the needs of future generations. As long as soils are at risk, sustainable agriculture, food security and the provision of ecosystem services are compromised.
Team from WWF look for signs of a snow leopard. During the past 30 years, the region’s average annual temperature has risen by 3.8 degrees Fahrenheit (2.1 degrees Celsius). The result: a desertifying landscape with degraded lower-altitude pastures that have traditionally nourished herders’ sheep and goats. It’s so bad that around a quarter of the country has turned into desert, while some 850 lakes and 2,000 rivers have completely dried out over the past 30 years.
In the linked article, Brian DeVore from the Land Stewardship Project discusses how the spread of (GMO) industrial corn and soy monocrop agriculture is threatening the health of Minnesota's soil. http://www.utne.com/environment/soil-too-sick-to-function.aspx
City approves 68 new environmentally protected areas
To growers, timing is everything, but climate tinkers with nature’s timing. While climate negotiators face off in Paris, dramatic change hits the luxury crops in Provence that give the storied farm region its identity.
Cottage Life’s new editor, Michelle Kelly. Cottaging doesn’t just foster a sense of loyalty and togetherness from time spent together, it also teaches us about the environment, and how we need to be respectful of it.