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Whether it's turning forests into cropland or savannah into pastures, humanity has repurposed land over the last 60 years equivalent in area to Africa and Europe combined, researchers said Tuesday.
If you count all such transitions since 1960, it adds up to about 43 million square kilometres (16.5 square miles), four times more than previous estimates, according to a study in Nature Communications.
"Since land use plays a central role for climate mitigation, biodiversity and food production, understanding its full dynamics is essential for sustainable land use strategies," lead author Karina Winkler, a physical geographer at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands, told AFP.
Plants and soil -- especially in tropical forests -- soak up about 30 percent of manmade carbon pollution, so large-scale landscape changes could spell success or failure in meeting Paris Agreement temperature targets.
The 2015 climate treaty enjoins nations to stop global heating at "well below" two degrees Celsius, and 1.5C if possible.
The planet has already warmed 1.2C above the preindustrial benchmark, enough to unleash a crescendo of deadly storms, sea level rise and other impacts.
Since 1960, Earth's total forest cover has shrunk by nearly a million km2, while areas covered by cropland and pastures have each increased by roughly the same extent, the study found.
But the global figures obscure important regions differences.
Forest areas in the Global North -- Europe, Russia, East Asia and North America -- have increased in the last 60 years, while forest loss in developing countries of the Global South has been staggeringly high, the study showed.
Conversely, croplands have declined in the north and expanded in the global South, especially to satisfy rich country appetites.
- Demand for commodities -
"Tropical deforestation has occurred for the production of beef, sugar cane and soybean in the Brazilian Amazon, oil palm in Southeast Asia, and cocoa in Nigeria and Cameroon," Winkler noted.
High oil prices -- peaking at around $145 per barrel of crude in 2008 -- also fuelled conversion of forests to bioenergy crops.
The study revealed rapid land use change -- driven first by the Green revolution in the 1960-70s, and then by the expansion of globalised markets -- up to 2005.
But after a period of fluctuation in global markets, the pace at which land was repurposed slowed.
"With the economic boom coming to an end during the Great Recession (of 2008), the global demand for commodities dropped," the study noted.
Earlier calculations of land use change since the mid-20th century have fallen short for a number of reasons, Winkler explained.
Datasets were fragmented both in space and time, and based as much on assumptions as concrete measurements. The resolution of satellite data was coarse, and usually only distinguished between two or three categories of land.
The new study drew from long-term land use statistics compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), identifying urban areas, croplands, forests, grasslands, pastures and regions with sparse or no vegetation, such as deserts.
It also used a higher resolution of satellite images -- one kilometre squared.
About 17 percent of Earth's land surface has switched categories at least once since 1960, the study showed.
But sometimes the same piece of real estate changed more than once. If all such transitions are taken into account, the total land surface affected was equivalent to 32 percent.
Earth's skin is stretched across 510 million km2. Some 70 percent of that -- 361 million km2 -- is water, mostly oceans.
Of the remaining 149 million km2, about 15 million km2 is permanently covered by ice, leaving 134 million km2 of ice-free land.
© 2021 AFP
'Thoughts and prayers' after NRA's humiliating defeat attempting to dodge responsibility for fraud case
The NRA lost in court today after attempting to file bankruptcy to escape fraud lawsuits in New York. Attorney General Letitia James tweeted that the "NRA doesn't get to dictate if and where it will answer for its actions...No one is above the law."
#BREAKING: A judge has ruled in our favor and rejected the @NRA's attempt to claim bankruptcy and reorganize in Tex… https://t.co/TbxjyirjNh— NY AG James (@NY AG James) 1620761758.0
"The Court agrees with the NYAG that the NRA is using this bankruptcy case to address a regulatory enforcement problem, not a financial one," the judge announced in court Tuesday.
It drew shock and jubilee from gun regulation activists and those who've argued the NRA is operating without consequence. The gun-lobbying group has been plagued with scandals in the past several years after president Wayne LaPierre was discovered using the group as his own cash cow to fund extravagant shopping trips, vacations and even a week on a yacht, claiming he needed it for security.
The judge found LaPierre's own testimony helpful in justifying his ruling to dismiss the bankruptcy petition, becau… https://t.co/r8w395Gobv— Adam Klasfeld (@Adam Klasfeld) 1620765386.0
"In an odd twist for a bankruptcy case, the NRA is financially healthy, and undisputed creditors are… https://t.co/nG51FBPC5p— Adam Klasfeld (@Adam Klasfeld) 1620765577.0
Check out the celebration, shock and excitement about the case below:
So what's next? The NRA is embroiled in litigation on numerous fronts, incl with their fmr president Oliver North… https://t.co/SwKv1caO4E— Tim Mak (@Tim Mak) 1620762308.0
“While Wayne LaPierre and NRA leadership embarrassed themselves on the stand, Pres. Biden took significant action o… https://t.co/QRRHdL83t6— Moms Demand Action (@Moms Demand Action) 1620766323.0
Ah, so the @NRA is merely morally and ethically bankrupt. https://t.co/nOUd1QIDFF— Eric Swalwell (@Eric Swalwell) 1620763972.0
Federal Judge dismisses the NRA bankruptcy claim in a victory for @NewYorkStateAG @TishJames. Serious question for… https://t.co/9hwTVwUL3s— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg) 1620763566.0
🚨A judge has rejected the NRA’s fraudulent attempt to file for bankruptcy and move from NY to Texas to escape Attor… https://t.co/lzNeLqkvL3— Lindy Li (@Lindy Li) 1620764406.0
Every time a judge rules against the NRA an angel gets its wings https://t.co/ddQ1z46U0c— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡) 1620767137.0
This is a bad outcome for the so-called nonprofit. Now the NRA will go back to fighting various litigations across the country against former vendors, angry donors, etc. In addition, the NRA will continue to face lawsuits brought against it by the NYAG and DCAG.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 11, 2021
I'd offer the NRA my thoughts and prayers, but - as a Texas judge found today - the NRA's only faith is bad faith.— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts) 1620763047.0
New York AG: One NRA: Zero A judge just rejected the NRA’s bankruptcy claim.— Hoodlum 🇺🇸 (@Hoodlum 🇺🇸) 1620763528.0
BREAKING: A federal judge has dismissed the NRA’s bankruptcy case after finding that the NRA filed in “bad faith” t… https://t.co/llYTzTWFi0— Giffords (@Giffords) 1620764888.0
@cmclymer Their legal strategy is off target.— Raef (@Raef) 1620765115.0
This news comes at the worst possible time for the NRA: right as background checks are being debated in the Senate.… https://t.co/1PJe2I7349— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts) 1620761991.0
The NRA is fucked.— Kate 🤍 (@Kate 🤍) 1620764732.0
If Democrats don't pass voting rights they'll lose in 2022 and Biden will be impeached: Prof. Jason Johnson
Dr. Jason Johnson, professor at Morgan State University, dropped a truth-bomb on Democrats during his appearance with MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace on Tuesday. According to him, there is no other bill than voting rights, because, without it, the GOP voter suppression laws will ensure Democrats lose.
While the panel debated the importance of the voting rights bill and whether Democrats will fight for it, Johnson explained that it's the only issue that Democrats should focus on.
"These changes are the main legislative issue," Bulwark columnist Tim Miller explained. "It's what the Koch Brothers and others are pushing in a lot of these state legislatures. Something has to be done. Here's my issue from a strategic standpoint, though. The best thing that the Democrats can do to guarantee the next election isn't stolen, is to do well in 2022."
He went on to argue that Democrats should push something popular that everyone can get behind and that they'd win in 2022 as a result of that. But Johnson, shaking his head, disagreed.
"Tim! Everybody already knows what the Republicans are!" said Johnson. "They literally led a march to the Capitol, and not the Civil Rights kind, like, a couple of months ago. Everybody knows what the Republican Party is there's nothing in exposing them anymore. And quite frankly, if they don't make this the number one priority you can't wait until the 2022 elections. Because if these laws stay on the books in 2022, Democrats will lose the House and the Senate and they will impeach Joe Biden in February of 2023. I promise you! That's what the Republicans will do!"
See the discussion below:
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