In Venezuela, opposition wins historic victory on Hugo Chavez land

The winner of the election of the new governor of the state of Barinas, Sergio Garrido, Sunday January 9, 2022. MATIAS DELACROIX / AP Decades of the Chavez family’s stranglehold on the post of governor of the state of Barinas ended on Sunday, January 9. The Venezuelan opposition won a historic victory in the election … Read more

Can a goldfish drive a car on land?

Journal Reference: Shachar Givon, Matan Samina, Ohad Ben-Shahar, Ronen Segev. From fish out of water to new insights on navigation mechanisms in animals. Behavioural Brain Research, 2022; 419: 113711 DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2021.113711 Are animals’ innate navigational abilities universal or are they restricted to their home environments? Taking the premise to the extreme, the researchers designed a … Read more

Big-headed ancient fish had land on its mind

Journal Reference: Alice M. Clement, Richard Cloutier, Jing Lu, Egon Perilli, Anton Maksimenko, John Long. A fresh look at Cladarosymblema narrienense, a tetrapodomorph fish (Sarcopterygii: Megalichthyidae) from the Carboniferous of Australia, illuminated via X-ray tomography. PeerJ, 2021; 9: e12597 DOI: 10.7717/peerj.12597 Supported by the Australian Research Council and international experts, the new research led by … Read more

In India, farmers leave New Delhi after year of protests against Narendra Modi’s land reform

Indian farmers dance and celebrate their victorious struggle near New Delhi (India) on December 11, 2021. ALTAF QADRI / AP After a year of mobilizations and an ultimately victorious struggle, they returned to their fields. Thousands of Indian farmers were packing their belongings and dismantling tent villages on Saturday, December 11, on the outskirts of … Read more

Pollution, erosion, depletion: FAO is alarmed by land and water degradation

Fodder corn harvest near Arzal (Morbihan), September 28, 2020. DAMIEN MEYER/AFP How to feed a growing world population without depleting the planet’s resources? To provide food for thought in the face of this inextricable challenge, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is publishing a report on Thursday, December 9, on the … Read more

South Africa: controversial land redistribution bill rejected

Corn fields in Gerdau, northern South Africa, in November 2018. AP The land reform bill dear to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who pledged to correct what are considered injustices linked to the dispossession of land during apartheid, was rejected on Tuesday (December 7th) by the Parliament. The issue of land redistribution, with or without … Read more

Urbanization not always bad for food and land use diversity

Journal Reference: Karl S. Zimmerer, Chris S. Duvall, Edward C. Jaenicke, Leia M. Minaker, Thomas Reardon, Karen C. Seto. Urbanization and agrobiodiversity: Leveraging a key nexus for sustainable development. One Earth, 2021; 4 (11): 1557 DOI: 10.1016/j.oneear.2021.10.012 More than 50% of humanity currently lives in urban areas and by 2050 this will grow to 68%. … Read more

In the DRC, land disputes awakened by the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano

To not miss anything on African news, subscribe to the newsletter of World Africa from this link. Every Saturday at 6 a.m., find a week of current events and debates treated by the editorial staff of World Africa. A breeder from the village of Munigi and his cows, October 14, 2021. CORALIE PIERRET At the … Read more

New software predicts the movements of large land animals

Journal Reference: Emilio Berti, Marco Davoli, Robert Buitenwerf, Alexander Dyer, Oskar L. P. Hansen, Myriam Hirt, Jens‐Christian Svenning, Jördis F. Terlau, Ulrich Brose, Fritz Vollrath. The r package enerscape A general energy landscape framework for terrestrial movement ecology. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 2021; DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.13734 Example — the brown bear The Abruzzo region of … Read more

Landowners commit for a century to protect biodiversity on their land

By Carole Sauvage Posted on October 03, 2021 at 2:10 a.m. – Updated on October 15, 2021 at 10:36 a.m. Reserved for our subscribers ReportageIn Vendée, a couple of retired farmers signed a “real environmental obligation” in June with the Pays de la Loire Conservatory of natural spaces. The little-known device aims to preserve the … Read more