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‘Climate-smart’ farming boosts forests, food security in Madagascar
In Madagascar, a sustainable agriculture program aims to help farmers adapt to the increasing droughts and intense cyclones of a warming planet. According to a new report, those efforts are paying off.
January 17, 2024
Can tree farms save a forest? Brazil is about to find out
In Brazil's s Mato Grosso do Sul, native species are reclaiming thousands of acres once heavily grazed by cattle. A bold initiative aims to protect and restore nature to an area twice the size of Manhattan — and find new ways to pay for it.
November 20, 2023
Meet the startup that's making seaweed more sustainable
In the past decade, seaweed production has boomed as researchers and investors eye its climate potential. Yet alongside seaweed’s promise, there are pitfalls. A company in the Philippines is working to change that.
October 11, 2023
New conservation effort seeks $1 billion for Eastern Himalayas
A new initiative in the Eastern Himalayas aims to raise US$1 billion to accelerate — and scale up — local conservation work, providing resources to plant 1 billion trees, and protect and restore 1 million hectares by 2030.
September 20, 2023
As coffee demand grows, farmers work to deliver a sustainable brew
Every day, billions of cups of coffee are consumed around the world — and experts say demand could triple over the next 30 years. So, how will all those lattes, espressos and cold brews affect the environment?
August 14, 2023
Fungi: Our new climate allies?
Underneath the ground, intricate fungal networks are working together with plants to absorb huge amounts of carbon — equivalent to more than a third of the world's annual fossil fuel emissions, according to a new study.
June 13, 2023
Meet the South African startup putting cattle to work for conservation
Livestock herding and wildlife conservation are often perceived as conflicting pursuits, with the belief that one must come at the expense of the other. However, in South Africa, a fresh approach centered on Indigenous knowledge is challenging this perception.
June 12, 2023
News spotlight: How does your diet affect the environment?
In case you missed it: Every bite of food we eat comes with an environmental cost. But not every diet is created equal. A new tool illustrates the toll our food system takes on nature — comparing dietary staples like meat, fish, dairy, eggs and grains.
February 6, 2023
A Peruvian forest was vanishing. Coffee and community trust saved it
In the Alto Mayo Protected Forest in Peru, local farmers have partnered with Conservation International to produce sustainable coffee and halt deforestation. Since 2011, this partnership has helped deforestation decline by 59 percent.
January 10, 2023
News spotlight: Climate change is killing pollen
In case you missed it: Rising temperatures are putting the pollen from essential crops — including tomatoes, canola and rice — at risk.
July 6, 2022
To stop climate catastrophe, look to soil: study
Conservation News spoke to the co-author of a groundbreaking new study reports that the secret to sustainable agriculture lies in the soil — or more specifically, in the carbon stored in the soil.
March 18, 2020
Before and after: In four short years, new forest takes root
On the edge of an Indonesian national park, a photographer documents farmland being reclaimed by the trees.
May 25, 2016
Photo essay: In South Africa, a woman’s struggle to sustain the land that sustains her
At an age when many people are slowing down, Gertruida Cloete continues to face daily hardships while protecting her fragile, wild home.
March 6, 2016
As native plants vanish, parched Moroccan peaks get seeds of hope
Community nurseries are helping mountain villagers protect their livelihoods in the face of a changing world.
November 15, 2016
The trees that could make or break Mexico City’s future
CI’s Jürgen Hoth talks air pollution, the illegal drug trade and why planting trees isn’t always the answer.
December 15, 2016
To improve crop yields, just add trees
In an Indonesian province plagued by deforestation, a group of women farmers has found a more sustainable way to feed their families.
October 20, 2016
Study: Climate breakdown is moving the farming frontier
A new study finds that as climate change forces agriculture to higher latitude areas such as Russia and Canada, there is potential to release 177 gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — the equivalent of over a century of U.S. carbon emissions.
February 12, 2020
To a country on the edge of development, what is nature worth?
Conflict, poverty and disease prevented the collection of data on the state of Liberia’s ecosystems for decades — until now.
March 21, 2017
Eyeing coffee’s climate impact, new initiative seeks sustainability for entire crop
The world’s most valued tropical crop — threatened by climate change — could be its first completely sustainable one.
December 1, 2015
In a country where coffee is king, sustainability is brewing
CI experts traveled to Nicaragua to learn how McDonald’s coffee roasters are helping local coffee farmers and their communities.
May 23, 2017
Charting a sustainable path in a land of peat, oil palm and pollution
Indonesia is the world’s top palm oil producer — yet too often, yields come at the expense of nature’s health.
November 17, 2016
How Incan ruins and Brazil nuts are fighting deforestation in Bolivia
Through conservation agreements, indigenous Bolivian communities are expanding their incomes while leaving forests standing.
March 3, 2017
Coffee drinkers: Wake up and smell the climate change
Rising temperatures, drought and changing weather patterns are causing some major coffee-producing areas of the world to become less suitable for the crop.
September 19, 2016
Coffee sector brewing plans to save your morning cup
To ensure sustainable coffee for the future, CI’s Sustainable Coffee Challenge unveiled a new plan of attack at the Global Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle this month.
April 17, 2017
New UN climate report is bleak, but there's a solution: trees
The UN report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns of detrimental environmental consequences if land use management does not become more sustainable.
August 8, 2019
What ‘sustainability’ means to a lifelong coffee farmer
Editor’s note: On National Coffee Day, we’re taking a look at the people who make your morning cup of joe
September 29, 2017
Researchers discover two tiny new primate species in a far-flung forest
CI’s Russ Mittermeier was part of the team that discovered two new species of Tarsier in Indonesia — a “Yoda-like” primate threatened by deforestation.
May 4, 2017
In palm oil, Liberia sees economic boom — but forests may lose
CI Liberia’s Liam Walsh explains the opportunities and challenges that increased palm oil production could pose for the country.
October 28, 2016
Want to change the world? Give women land rights
More women than ever are growing the world’s food — yet men continue to make most land-use decisions.
October 14, 2016
A world away from Paris, erratic climate pushes a country to the edge
As a record drought decimates crop yields in Papua New Guinea, many families are relying on the ocean as a safety net.
December 7, 2015
Sustainability heavyweights take aim at environmental impacts of soy, beef, palm oil
A new effort is aiming to minimize the environmental impacts of soy, beef and palm oil with some significant players in sustainability.
September 6, 2017
In South Africa, the future of sustainable ranching looks bright
In Africa’s most biodiverse grasslands, a fifth-generation rancher tackles the challenges of sustainable livestock.
September 13, 2017
Growing cleaner, better coffee in the ‘land of a thousand hills’
Conservation agreements are helping Rwandan coffee farmers improve production — and fetch a better price.
September 23, 2016
How climate change affects women differently — and what we can do about it
In rural communities around the world, women experience and respond to climate change in different ways than men — a fact often overlooked in climate policy.
December 8, 2015
Q&A: How the coffee sector is mapping a path toward global sustainability
With forecasts of growing demand and a changing climate, the time to protect this crucial crop is now.
March 4, 2016
In parched South Africa, herders find ally in nature
Higher prices for cattle plus healthier rangelands means small-scale ranchers are better prepared for the next drought.
May 2, 2017
The trees protecting your coffee — and the farmers who grow it
The “One Tree for Every Bag Commitment” provides disease-resistant trees to farmers struggling with the impacts of climate change.
September 27, 2016
A shortage of beer and fries? Climate change hits Europe where it hurts
Europe may have a shortage of beer and fries due to climate change.
October 10, 2018
Sustainable coffee: What it really means
Here's what "sustainably grown coffee" really means.
September 4, 2018
5 myths about farmed seafood
To feed a growing population without further depleting our oceans, farmed seafood will be crucial.
August 17, 2017
Coffee giant changing the sustainability game, report shows
A Starbucks ethical sourcing program is brewing larger-than-expected changes across the coffee sector.
June 13, 2018
The buzz on climate change: It’s bad for bees
Here’s a look at the impact climate change is having on these critically important animals.
August 19, 2017
3 ways climate change affects tropical rainforests
Climate change will affect tropical rainforests — here are 3 ways how.
June 26, 2018
Research: Climate change disrupting farming in Central America
New CI research gives farmers and other decision-makers the full picture of climate change impacts in Central America.
March 2, 2017
Coffee’s bitter side: addressing labor conditions
The coffee sector has a labor problem — and the Sustainable Coffee Challenge is working to fix it.
September 21, 2017
What on Earth is ‘sustainable’ coffee?
What makes coffee “sustainable,” and why it even matters.
September 29, 2016