Ecological Consequences Of Dam Destruction: A Focus On The Nova Kakhovka Dam

The Nova Kakhova Dam destruction in June 2023 was one of the largest environmental disasters of our time. Significant downstream impacts were nitrogen, phosphorus and metal pollution, loss of protected habitats, water logging, loss of biodiversity and marine pollution. Upstream impacts were loss of irrigation and drinking water supply, reduction in hydropower capacity and habitat destruction.

Agroforestry For Biodiversity And Climate Resilience

In addition to food production, modern agriculture must provide ecosystem services such as water quality, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and nutrient cycling. Agroforestry provides ecosystem services by managing trees together with annual crops or pasture lands. A paradigm shift toward agroforestry comes with opportunities for technology, diversification, and employment in agriculture.

The Role Of Agriculture In Deforestation

Future food demands are projected to rise, yet deforestation compromises long term food security. The EU has the world’s second largest deforestation footprint, despite policies designed to promote sustainability. The complex interaction between EU and wider policy may be incentivising unnecessary deforestation, thus compromising the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

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Deforestation: An Introduction

Deforestation has direct and indirect negative consequences that worsen the climate crisis. Despite past efforts, tropical forests, which play a critical role in counteracting climate change, continue to experience an alarming rate of loss. Agriculture is the biggest cause of deforestation across the globe, and in critical tropical regions. However, it is urbanisation that has largely driven deforestation in Europe.

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What Is The Farm To Fork Strategy?

The Farm to Fork strategy is a milestone EU policy framework that promotes the sustainable and just transition of food systems in the continent. The Farm to Fork strategy advocates environmentally sound practices, including chemical-free and organic agriculture, with neutral or positive environmental effects. Sceptics of the Farm to Fork strategy point to its conceptually ambiguity, lack of legal action, policy incoherence with EU agricultural policy, and implementation challenges.

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What Is Aquaculture?

Aquaculture describes the controlled farming of aquatic organisms, and has become an important part of food production in the modern world. Modern aquaculture began as a result of declining wild fish stocks from overfishing and growing populations. The two main forms of aquaculture are freshwater and marine aquaculture; within these two forms, there are a number of different methods used for a wide variety of aquatic species.

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Rising Global Food Demand: An Introduction

Global food demand has been increasing over the course of the past century, leading to increased food production and, as a consequence, an increase in the environmental impact of intensified agriculture. Current trends show that demand will continue to increase, and production would need to double to meet the demand projected for 2050, which has important implications for the environment. A key question to ask is what exactly is driving this growing demand. In this article, I will discuss the observed drivers of increasing global food demand and how these tie into global food security.

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