December 14, 2017
Photo: Mongabay
When it comes to restoring deforested landscapes, letting them regenerate through passive means is generally cheaper than "active" techniques like re-planting. But a new study with SER member Robin Chazdon finds it can actually also be more effective in tropical ecosystems.  ( via Mongabay)

Photo: Eaux et Rivieres de Bretagne

With thousands of proposed dams threatening Europe's few remaining free flowing rivers, France's decision to remove two large dams could signal the start of a new era on the continent - with countries focusing on reviving their rivers and on large scale dam destruction rather than construction. (via EUBusiness)

23 major food companies signed the "Cerrado Manifesto," to ensure "soy and beef supply chains do not contribute to deforestation." ...In theory, this will weaken the case for converting natural vegetation to agriculture - but if only it was that simple. (via the Conversation)

Photo: Denis Gray
A drone, mounted with an air gun, will be able to seed a hectare of deforested land in less than half an hour -- a job that would take four people using conventional tree-planting methods more than six sweaty days. 
( via Nikkei Asian Review)

Photo: Freshwater Land Trust
"This project shows what we do really well," said Libba Vaughan, executive director of Freshwater Land Trust. "Our ability to acquire land gives the fish a safe home, and our expertise in stream restoration makes that home bigger and cleaner." ( via
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