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The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is a specialist research, development and education organisation of the University of Greenwich, UK, with a focus on food, agriculture, environment, and sustainable livelihoods.

Forests and our future after COP26

Forests are critically important – they encompass vast terrestrial biodiversity, they are culturally, spiritually, and economically significant to millions of communities and producers, and, because of their role as carbon sinks, their protection...

COP26: How to reduce your foodprint, from individual to global actions

Take a look in your store cupboard, your fridge, your fruit and vegetable rack, your bread bin… How much of that food will be eaten? How much will be wasted? Read on to find out more, including 14 easy actions that we can all do now to reduce our...

COP26: plan now for climate change, combining satellite and seasonal climate forecast data

Climate extremes – including droughts, floods, or tropical cyclones – are becoming more frequent, intense, and lasting longer, as demonstrated by the IPCC [1]. Many of these extremes, caused by climate change, can lead to devastating impacts on the...

COP26: Changing land use in a changing climate – the impacts on wellbeing

The relationship between land use and the climate is complex. Changes in land use are being driven by pressures on land and natural resources from increasing global demand for food, fibre and fuel, with challenges such as biodiversity losses and...

COP26: Going beyond models for improved land use and climate change policies

“Eating is an agricultural act” – Wendell Berry, US farmer, poet and philosopher. Agriculture is fundamental to human prosperity, but it is also in direct competition for space with other land ecosystems. While agriculture is called upon to satisfy the...

Earth to COP: create lasting change through gender and social equality

“Earth to COP. For those who have eyes to see, for those who have ears to listen, and for those who have a heart to feel. 1.5 degrees is what we need to survive”.This quote is from an arresting speech from Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados at...

NRI Professor on BBC’s Panorama Programme: Climate change and mice plagues

NRI’s Professor Steve Belmain recently featured in BBC One’s Panorama ‘Wild Weather’. The programme, which went out on BBC1 on Wednesday 3rd November, investigated a year of wild weather and showed how freak events are becoming increasingly...

COP26: Mitigating and adapting to climate change where land tenure is insecure

Who ‘holds’ the land? Land tenure refers to “the terms under which land and natural resources are held by individuals, households or social groups”. When we are sure of who holds the land where we live, or farm, and we are sure of the conditions of...

COP26: Coffee, carbon and climate change

Coffee production and prices have always been sensitive to climate change. For over a century now, whenever Brazilian producers are affected by a frost, prices rise, and supply becomes reduced. Even as recently as this year, key coffee-growing...
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