Population pressure and global markets drive a decade of forest cover change in Africa's Albertine Rift
The authors examined national socioeconomic, demographic, agricultural production, and local demographic and geographic variables to assessed multilevel forces driving local forest cover loss and gain outside protected areas during the first decade of this century by using satellite-derived estimates of forest cover change in Africa's Albertine Rift.
Ryan, S. J., M. W. Palace, J. Hartter, J. E. Diem, C. A. Chapman and J. Southworth. 2017. Population pressure and global markets drive a decade of forest cover change in Africa's Albertine Rift. Applied Geography 81: 52-59.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.02.009
Data on 150 best sustainable practices in China were collected and stored in a new Sustainable Urbanization Practices Database (SUPD) where for each case, the category, the methods adopted and the outcomes achieved were identified, classified and coded by content analysis.
Tan, Y., H. Xu, L. Jiao, J. J. Ochoa and L. Shen. 2017. A study of best practices in promoting sustainable urbanization in China. Journal of Environmental Management 193: 8-18.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.01.058
Using an integrated assessment approach, this paper quantifies the air quality, human health, and CO2 emission impacts of China’s SNG strategy. The authors used the ECLIPSE_V5a_CLE scenario (evaluating the climate and air quality impacts of short-lived pollutants) for 2020 as base case as it reflects the air pollution policies and regulations in place for China’s 12th Five-Year Plan (FYP).
Qin, Y., F. Wagner, N. Scovronick, W. Peng, J. Yang, T. Zhu, K. R. Smith and D. L. Mauzerall. 2017. Air quality, health, and climate implications of China’s synthetic natural gas development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1703167114DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1703167114
More of the Earth’s land surface could experience dangerous heat, and those regions already exposed could encounter such conditions more often, thus the study emphasize that the potentially deadly consequences of heat stress linked to global warming, even if limited to the 1.5 °C Paris target, should not be overlooked.
Matthews, T. K. R., R. L. Wilby and C. Murphy. 2017. Communicating the deadly consequences of global warming for human heat stress. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(15): 3861–3866.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1617526114
The results of the analysis of disaggregated household-level data (n=1602) from the Lao PDR in 2011 suggest that a poverty–environment nexus exists where the most explicit relations were those between poverty and using fuelwood for cooking, and poverty and access to safe drinking water, whereas recent negative changes regarding deforestation and land erosion exhibited only a weak connection.
Pasanen, T., H. Lakkala, R. Yliluoma, V. Tuominen, S. Jusi, J. Luukkanen and J. Kaivo-oja. 2017. Poverty–Environment Nexus in the Lao PDR: Analysis of Household Survey Data. Development Policy Review 35(3): 349-371DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12212
The paper focuses on an analysis of climate and development policies covering those dealing with development notably the country’s Sixth Five Year Plan (2011-15) and Outline Perspective Plan (to 2021), as well as its Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) progress report; and policies that deal with disasters, notably the National Plan for Disaster Management (2010-15).
Martin, M., Y. h. Kang, M. Billah, T. Siddiqui, R. Black and D. Kniveton. 2017. Climate-influenced migration in Bangladesh: the need for a policy realignment. Development Policy Review, doi: 10.1111/dpr.12260DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12260
This article examines how migration may act as an intervening and causal variable between environmental change and conflict by combining climate-conflict and environment-migration research. It argues that to understand the potential propensity of environmental change to lead to conflict in Africa, close attention needs to be paid to local-level manifestations of conflict and (mal)adaptive forms of migration.
Freeman, L. 2017. Environmental Change, Migration, and Conflict in Africa. The Journal of Environment & Development, doi: 1070496517727325.DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1070496517727325
This site provides a variety projections (1990-2050) for Texas, including county population projections, city population projections, regional population projections, regional municipal water demand projections, manufacturing water demand projections, steam electric water demand projections, mining water demand projections, livestock water demand projections, and irrigation water demand projections. Projections are available in Excel.
Population & Water Demand Projections. Texas Water Development Board
To analyse the importance of alternative practices surrounding land, labour, governance, and ritual found in the region, the study used the concept of comunalidad, created by Indigenous intellectuals in Oaxaca, Mexico. The results show that while Indigenous villages are profoundly affected by different forms of migration, migration itself is not necessarily a “death knell” for Indigenous peasants.
Robson, J., D. Klooster, H. Worthen and J. Hernández-Díaz. 2017. Migration and agrarian transformation in Indigenous Mexico. Journal of Agrarian Change, doi: 10.1111/joac.12224DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joac.12224
This article analyzes how the international community is dealing with the concept of climate change refugees, an emergent and undeniable reality.
Berchin, I. I., I. B. Valduga, J. Garcia and J. B. S. O. de Andrade Guerra. 2017. Climate change and forced migrations: An effort towards recognizing climate refugees. Geoforum 84(Supplement C): 147-150.DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.06.022