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15. Life on land

15. Life on land

Forests cover 30 per cent of the Earth’s surface and in addition to providing food security and shelter, forests are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the indigenous population. Thirteen million hectares of forests are being lost every year while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares.

Deforestation and desertification – caused by human activities and climate change – pose major challenges to sustainable development and have affected the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the fight against poverty. Efforts are being made to manage forests and combat desertification.

Read our stories to learn more about SDG Goal 15: Life on land

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News

Elephant_Bangladesh
Habitat loss, forest degradation and encroachment into forest reserves are driving Asian elephants into human habitats in search of food, increasing human-elephant conflicts.
Himalayas_Kashmir_India
There is no lack of expert opinion on how to conserve wetlands in Kashmir, or other parts of India, but recommendations are rarely followed and often flouted.
Tarsier_Bohol_Philippines
A new study in Science Advances finds that primate species found on Indigenous people’s land face significantly less threats to their overall survival compared to species found on non-Indigenous lands.
sand mining at Pakiri Beach
Auckland's biggest sand supplier wants to expand its dredging operations, but local communities are fighting back.
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Opinion

Smoke from forest fires pollutes populated areas without regard for international boundaries
Governments, civil society and the international community need to work fast as the dry season approaches and smoke haze returns in Southeast Asia.
Fixing air pollution in Jakarta will require big changes in the transport sector.
The Indonesian capital’s air quality is already bad. Emissions from vehicles commuting from its fringes worsens the situation.
drought india2
Droughts are becoming more frequent and severe due to climate change and land degradation. Building national and regional risk management systems that can endure what is coming will require political will and more international cooperation.
deforestation indonesia rainforest action network
Out of 148 major companies, only nine are making strong progress to end deforestation. The private sector must help to end biodiversity loss before 2030, because businesses cannot function without nature, write Nigel Topping and Mahmoud Mohieldin.
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Videos

Climate spirals
As planetary temperatures reach an all-time high, a climate scientist has designed a new way to show how global temperatures have changed every month since the start of the industrial revolution and 2021.
A green iguana
The origin of Covid-19 is believed to be a market selling live wild animals. Eco-Business asked Anbarasi Boopal of Singapore-based animal welfare charity Acres about the link between the exploitation of animals and pandemics, and what can be done to curb the illegal wildlife trade.
An e-jeepney in the Philippines. A growing movement is underway to electrify Southeast Asia's transport. Image: Eco-Business
In gridlocked, smoggy Southeast Asian cities, change is afoot to electrify transport and clear some of the world's most polluted skies. This video documents the pockets of hope for e-mobility around the most climate-vulnerable region.
Katherine Desbaillets, co-owner of SaladStop!
As Singapore-based salad bar chain SaladStop! marks its 10th anniversary, co-owner Katherine Desbaillets talks to Eco-Business about phasing out meat, food waste and single-use packaging, and dealing with customers who refuse to pay 10 cents for a plastic bag.
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Podcasts

Crops growing in a field
EB Studio Dexter Huerto Jr of engineering firm Danfoss tells the Eco-Business Podcast how food supply chains have been affected by a pandemic and conflict, and how they can be fixed.
Ice caps and a warming planet
"We have a choice about the speed of sea-level rise." The Eco-Business Podcast talks to climate scientist Professor Ben Horton about how close the world is to reaching crucial climate tipping points, and what can be done to stop runaway climate change.
land reclamation SG
Why is there so much secrecy and controversy around sand extraction? Eco-Business speaks to Madhumitha Ardhanari to find out more about the narrative surrounding sand in Singapore, the largest importer of sand in the world.
COP26 podcast
The climate talks in Glasgow could have a major trickle-down effect on Asia's business community. What should the region's businesses expect from COP26? The Eco-Business Podcast asked energy and sustainability expert Malavika Bambawale.
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