NASA Launches Earth Science Challenges with OpenNEX Cloud Data

Jay Owen Earth Systems Science

NASA is launching two challenges to give the public an opportunity to create innovative ways to use data from the agency’s Earth science satellites. The challenges will use the Open NASA Earth Exchange. OpenNEX is a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific …

Small-scale farmers increasingly at risk from ‘global land grabbing’

kristy SRI/ESG News, Trendspotting

New research on the global rush for agricultural land shows that small-scale farmers will increasingly lose out to major corporations as land deals ignore local tenure rights. by Jun Borras, Ian Scoones, David Hughes Fresh evidence from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the former Soviet Union was presented last week …

Debating the Global Land Grab

kristy Reforming Global Finance, Earth Systems Science

Coinciding with the Global Land Grab conference held at the University of Sussex, three leading commentators debate the politics of land deals; contrasting a World Bank “code of conduct” perspective with more critical analysis looking at human rights and labour issues. A new report has been released this week to …

Investing in land: a commentary on the World Bank report

kristy Reforming Global Finance

Investing in land: a commentary on the World Bank report by Ian Scoones There is something for everyone in the long-awaited World Bank report, Rising Global Interest in Farmland: Can it yield sustainable and equitable benefits? In some sections there is a damning critique, in others a positive spin, with …