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Paris climate goals paper in the news
Communicating science: A recently published paper in Nature Climate Change, led by Calum Brown is picked up by more than 90 international news outlets, such as CNN and Carbon Brief, and read by more than 650.000 Twitter users.
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Paris climate change targets likely to be missed
A new paper in Nature Climate Change, led by Calum Brown, shows why global targets to limit climate change are unlikely to be met due to delays in changing human land uses.
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Greening paper goes viral
Communicating science: A paper, recently published in Nature Sustainability with contribution of Richard Fuchs, is picked by over 322 news websites (NASA, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, Xinhua) in more than 37 countries, read by over 1.5 million twitter users, and 130 million readings with 28K comments on Weibo in China.
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China and India dominate in greening the Earth
A new study in Nature Sustainability, with contribution of Richard Fuchs, reports a counter-intuitive finding that China and India, with two most populous and emerging countries, rather than the developed nations, are leaders in greening the lands through planting of trees and intensive crop cultivation
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Why is biodiversity important?
What progress is being made to protect it? What are the major threats and opportunities?
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Do conservation farming practices matter?
A new paper by Heera Lee in Regional Environmental Change: A meta-study on the impact of conservation farming practices on agro-ecosystem services provisioning in the Mediterranean region.
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Benefits of linking socio‐ecological models
A new paper in Ecography with contributions of Calum Brown: Coupled land use and ecological models reveal emergence and feedbacks in socio‐ecological systems
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A brief summary of Mark Rounsevell's side-event contribution at the Convention on Biological Diversity COP14
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IPBES regional assessment
The regional assessment report on BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES FOR EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA is now published
Summer School 2019
20-27 August 2019, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will run an international Summer School. Master and doctoral students are invited to learn about and discuss a wide range of issues related to ecosystem functioning, socio-ecological systems and land use change.
The Land Use Change Research Group is about PEOPLE IN THE LAND SYSTEM. We aspire to understand land use and management in the broader global context and how people impact on landscapes and natural resources. Specifically, we seek to:
Advance understanding of the interactions, synergies and trade-offs between people and their environment across scales (local to global); and,
Find solutions for sustainable futures in land systems.
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Human land use and agriculture in particular are the principle drivers of many of our biggest environmental challenges. At the same time, current food systems fail to provide food security to all consumers or decent livelihoods to all farmers worldwide. This research will help identify ways to use our land better and to move our food system towards enhanced sustainability by examining key knowledge gaps through interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and cross-scalar research.Learn more →
Anthropogenic global change is causing rapid declines in biodiversity, which threaten the capacity of ecosystems to provide the services fundamental for human existence.Learn more →
Human activity is causing substantial changes in climate that are expected to increase in magnitude over the coming century. These changes are known to threaten many of the essential processes on which humanity depends, including food production. However, the ways in which societal responses might exacerbate or ameliorate these threats are relatively poorly understood because the methods used to understand climate impacts, adaptation and mitigation do not take proper account of human responses.Learn more →
Forests play a number of essential roles at global scale, from maintaining biological diversity to mitigating climate change. However, forests around the world are being rapidly cleared to make space for food production, threatening their continued provision of ecosystem services.Learn more →