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Global Adaptation Index

The ND-GAIN Index is a navigation tool that helps corporate and development leaders manage risks exacerbated by climate change such as over-crowding, food insecurity, inadequate infrastructure and civil conflicts. The Index shows a country's level of vulnerability, and the readiness of a country to successfully implement adaptation solutions. The tool is free and open-source. The Index defines vulnerability as exposure and sensitivity to climate, population, infrastructure and resource stress, as well as the country's adaptive capacity to those stresses.The Index defines readiness by social, governance and economic factors. via

The Deforestation Drama of the Amazon and Atlantic Forests

Brazil’s lush landscapes, home to two of the world’s most iconic forests, the Amazon rainforest and the Atlantic Forest , are facing a dramatic transformation. The tales of these forests’ deforestation are as captivating as they are alarming, filled with both shocking statistics and fascinating insights into the complex interplay between nature and humanity. The Amazon Rainforest: Earth’s Lungs Often referred to as the "lungs of the Earth," the Amazon rainforest is an unparalleled natural wonder. Covering approximately 5.5 million square kilometers, it’s a verdant labyrinth teeming with life. However, this vast expanse is shrinking at an alarming rate . In 2022 alone, over 11,000 square kilometers were deforested—an area roughly the size of Jamaica! The Chainsaw Chronicles Deforestation in the Amazon is driven by several factors, but the leading culprit is agriculture. Imagine vast tracts of land, cleared for cattle ranching and soybean farming, emerging from what was once

Environmental Vulnerability Index

The Environmental Vulnerability Index (EVI) is a measurement devised by the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), the United Nations Environment Program and others to characterize the relative severity of various types of environmental issues suffered by 243 enumerated individual nations and other geographies. The results of the EVI are used to focus on planned solutions to negative pressures on the environment, whilst promoting sustainability. The vulnerability scores for each indicator are then accumulated either into categories or sub-indices and the average calculated. An overall average of all indicators is calculated to generate the country EVI. The EVI is accumulated into three sub-indices: Hazards, Resistance, Damage.The 50 EVI indicators are also divided up in the issue categories for use as required: Climate change, Biodiversity, Water, Agriculture and fisheries,Human health aspects, Desertification, and Exposure to Natural Disasters. Indicators: 1.High

Global map of the average amount of time that live biomass carbon and dead organic carbon spend in carbon reservoirs around the world, in years

Credits: A. Anthony Bloom New, detailed maps of the world’s natural landscapes created using NASA satellite data could help scientists better predict the impacts of future climate change. The maps of forests, grasslands and other productive ecosystems provide the most complete picture yet of how carbon from the atmosphere is reused and recycled by Earth’s natural ecosystems. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom; NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California; and Wageningen University, Netherlands, used a computer model to analyze a decade of satellite and field study data from 2001 to 2010. The existing global maps of vegetation and fire activity they studied were produced from data from NASA’s Terra, Aqua and ICESat spacecraft. The researchers then constructed maps that show where -- and for how long -- carbon is stored in plants, trees and soils. The maps reveal how the biological properties of leaves, roots and wood in dif

Map of continents if all the ice melted (sea level +67 m)

Europe Asia North America South America Africa Australia Antarctica Via National Geographic