Ecological and Socioeconomic Impacts of Climate-Induced Tree Diebacks in Highland Forests
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Ecological and Socioeconomic Impacts of Climate-Induced Tree Diebacks in Highland Forests

Background Mountain forests play a major role in the preservation of biodiversity and provide important ecosystem services such as climate regulation. However, some of these forests show extensive tree mortality (“forest diebacks”) caused by a combination of factors, such as severe and recurrent summer drought, pollution, and insect and pathogen outbreaks. Some of the most […]

The aesthetics of earthquake reconstruction in Nepal
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The aesthetics of earthquake reconstruction in Nepal

When I visited Nepal half a year after the devastating 2015 earthquake, no reconstruction had been initiated. Villagers lived in temporary sheds raised on the ruins of their dwellings and concentrated efforts on saving the harvest, giving first priority to food security. They waited for the government to distribute the promised NPR 300,000 (USD 3,000) […]

Landscape experts meet in the European Alps
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Landscape experts meet in the European Alps

Around 200 participants from Europe, Asia and the Americas met at the PECSRL 2016 conference in Innsbruck and Seefeld, Austria, from September 5 to 9 to discuss the past, present and future of rural mountain landscapes. Dating back to 1957, the Permanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape (PECSRL) is an international […]

A fine balance: Water and warmth in the Upper Indus Valley
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A fine balance: Water and warmth in the Upper Indus Valley

Most news coming out of the border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan since the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) led by NATO started its operations in Afghanistan in 2001 deal with American drones, the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, terrorist attacks on schools and police stations, and the whereabouts of the Taliban. But in the […]