Environment and ecosystems

Sustainable management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems to reduce disaster risk and environmental degradation as a risk driver.

Latest Environment and ecosystems additions in the Knowledge Base

Blurry image of a sunny urban skyline
Research briefs
The key to cooling ‘urban heat islands’ may lie in the countryside, according to a new study from scientists at the University of Surrey's Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) and Southeast University (China).
The University Of Surrey
Aerial view of flooded houses with dirty water of Dnister River in Halych town, western Ukraine
Update
In Charlotte, North Carolina, flood-prone apartments were converted into a wetland habitat that now helps protect the community from flooding.
Yale Climate Connections
View from above of a river going through a jungle forest
Research briefs
Scientists from The University of Manchester, The University of Aberdeen and Newcastle University have found that the restoration of upland peatlands is a highly effective strategy for reducing downstream flooding.
PhysOrg, Omicron Technology Ltd
Update
Odisha is one of India's worst-affected states by lightning strikes during the pre-monsoon and monsoon periods. On 2nd July 2024, the state announced restrictions on cutting existing palm trees and plans to plant around 1.9 million new ones.
Ground Report
Spring flooding along the Ottawa and Bonnechere Rivers, Ottawa Valley, Ontario Canada
Research briefs
This week, large areas of Ontario experienced severe flooding that caused widespread power outages, water damages and disruption. Severe rainfall events are not new, but they are becoming more frequent and costly due to human-caused climate change.
Conversation Media Group, the
Drone image of a river flowing through a dense forest in Vanuatu.
Research briefs
A new global assessment of scientific literature led by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst finds that nature-based solutions (NbS) are an economically effective method to mitigate risks.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Wetland of the city of Harbin, China
Update
The city's approach to conservation, involving robust policy enforcement and community engagement, illustrates how urban areas can successfully integrate significant ecological habitats, reversing ecological decline in vulnerable delta regions.
Dialogue Earth
Research briefs
Researchers from around the world to examine what factors play a role in creating flash drought conditions. While their study used South Asia as a model, the findings can be applied to Texas and other areas that experience flash droughts.
Texas A&M University Press
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