Sustainable agriculture needed to stop biodiversity loss, UN report

Nature is declining globally at unprecedented rates due to human activities, a major new UN report has warned. Up to one million plant and animal species are currently facing extinction – and the rate of extinctions is accelerating, according to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The report, the summary of…

High resolution rice maps can help boost production

Mapping and monitoring of paddy cultivation areas can help make effective strategies for the spread of new technologies, sustainable crop management and diversification options among rice growing farmers. Large scale paddy mapping at medium or high spatial resolution is rare, primarily due to limited availability of cloud-free optical imagery. The rice paddy maps, which are…