Global Scale Organizations and Publications
The Future of Public Health is publication of the New England Journal of Medicine (October, 2015). The field of public health aims to improve the health of as many people as possible as rapidly as possible. Since 1900, the average life span in the United States has increased by more than 30 years; 25 years of this gain have been attributed to public health advances. Globally, life expectancy doubled during the 20th century, largely as a result of reductions in child mortality attributable to expanded immunization coverage, clean water, sanitation, and other child-survival programs....
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock: Best practice and emerging options is publication of the Livestock Research Group (January, 2015). The document summarises current best practices ready for implementation at the farm level, as well as emerging options at various stages of research (Pilot studies: 2-5 years away; Proof of concept: 5-10 years away; Discovery: 10 years away or more) to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions intensity of livestock production across a range of farm systems. The publication focuses on: feeds and nutrition, genetics and breeding, rumen modification, animal health, manure management, and grassland management. The pdf is available for download here.
Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory. is a USDA publication (June 2014). America’s farm, ranch and forest managers are stewards of the land, and have long recognized the significance of managing soil health, plant productivity and animal nutrition. Conservation practices and other management changes can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase carbon storage while improving soil health, crop or livestock productivity, and resilience to drought and other extreme weather. This report lays out methods for estimating changes in GHG emissions and carbon storage at a local scale. The methods in the report will be used to develop user-friendly tools for farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and other USDA stakeholders to help them evaluate the GHG benefits of a wide variety of management practices. The pdf is available for download here.
The Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) conducts, synthesises, and communicates research at the intersection of food, climate, and broader sustainability issues. Based at the University of Oxford, we work to inform and connect stakeholders with a common interest in understanding and building sustainable food systems.