Mapping Forest Degradation in Nepal with Remote Sensing

Under international climate change agreements, countries must estimate greenhouse gas emissions related to deforestation and forest degradation. In cases of deforestation—when trees are cut and replaced by annual crops, for instance—the change in land cover is clearly visible. Forest degradation, by contrast, is more subtle. Trees are lost but the land remains forested and often […]

Pyregence Launches New Forecasting Tool for Tracking Active Fire Spread

As we speak, firefighters in Northern California are battling hundreds of blazes across 775,000 acres, sparked by dry lightning strikes. Unfortunately, disastrous wildfire seasons in our state have become all too common, and conditions are ripe for rapid wildfire spread. Hot summers with little precipitation bring about drought conditions, increasing amounts of dead trees act […]

Forest Carbon Markets: Native People Quantify the Growing Value of Native Lands

Carbon markets are based on the premise that sources (greenhouse gas-emitting power plants, vehicles, farm animal waste) and sinks (greenhouse gas-absorbing forests, biogas digesters, healthy soil) can be “traded” between states, regions and countries to help each other offset and reduce overall carbon emissions. While carbon markets are not a perfect solution to atmospheric carbon […]

The Sustainable Orinoco Pact Sponsors Initiatives Fair on Sustainable Development-Villavicencio, Colombia

The Sustainable Orinoco Pact sponsored a one-day Initiatives Fair just outside of the region’s major city Villavicencio yesterday.  The event brought together several organizations and individuals to discuss ongoing projects around sustainable development in the region. The larger Pact initiative seeks to reconcile development and conservation interests in what many consider to the last [...]

SERVIR-Amazonia Brings Data to the Ground for Better Decision-Making in the Amazon

Followers of environmental issues in the Amazon scarcely go a week without seeing news about threats to the biome. The region has been devastated with countless and constant hazards. For example, each year it experiences natural hazards like wetland degradation, salinization, destructive flooding, and severe fires, all compounded by climate change. Man-made hazards like deforestation, […]

Hot but not Bothered: Urban Green Space Leads to Better Health, Social Benefits

Decades of scientific research have been suggesting that humans accrue many positive benefits from nature, whether that nature be in an isolated preserve, in urban green space within the confines of a city, or simply with a look at a painting of a forest. As more than 70% of the world’s population will live in […]

Connecting Space to Village: Bringing Satellite Data to the Ground to Improve Lives

The Mekong River is one of the world’s great river systems, flowing 4,909 km through six countries: China, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The Mekong is divided into both the Upper Mekong Basin, and the Lower Mekong Basin. The latter makes up 76 percent of the overall river basin; the Lower Mekong starts […]