Restoring U.S. Forests Can Help Solve Our Water Infrastructure Crisis

Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 by

While Washington waits for the details of the Trump administration’s promised trillion-dollar plan to fix American infrastructure, there’s a critical need to focus on the infrastructure that carries our water. One step we can take now to shore up our human-made water infrastructure is to restore the great forests that offer natural infrastructure support. U.S. water infrastructure […]

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Secondary tropical forests sequester large amounts of carbon

Posted on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 by

Regrowing secondary tropical forests rapidly sequester carbon. An international team of forest researchers led by researchers from Wageningen University measured an eleven times higher carbon uptake compared with old-growth forests. In this week Nature they elaborate their findings. At the climate top in Paris, all attention was focused on how humanity can reduce climate change […]

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Nonprofit Clones Giant Sequoias To Combat Climate Change

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 by

A nonprofit in Michigan is cloning California’s giant sequoias in an attempt to refurbish the earth with a natural combatant of greenhouse gases, one 200-foot tree at a time. According to the team of voluntary arborists heading this project, Archangel Ancient Tree Archive says, “We are creating living libraries of old-growth tree genetics by cloning […]

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Composting 101

Posted on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 by

Let’s start with the definition of ‘compost’. Image provided by City Compost Definition of Compost(ing) A mixture of organic matter, as from leaves and manure, that has decayed or has been digested by organisms, used to improve soil structure and provide nutrients. (from the Free Dictionary by Farlex) Composting is nature’s process of […]

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A Boon for Soil, and for the Environment

Posted on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 by

By BETH GARDINER MAY 17, 2016 When Gabe Brown and his wife bought their farm near Bismarck, North Dakota, from her parents in 1991, testing found the soil badly depleted, its carbon down to just a quarter of levels once considered natural in the area. Today the Brown farm and ranch is home to a diverse […]

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Got tons of CO2? Get more giant trees.

Posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 by

If you think about it, giant sequoias are the Dwayne Johnsons of the tree world. They’re California natives. They’re pretty buff, growing up to 300 feet tall and 30 feet wide. And they’re resilient as hell, swatting droughts and diseases off their hefty shoulders. And Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a Michigan-based non-profit, is working on cloning […]

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Bionic leaf sucks up carbon dioxide as it makes liquid fuel

Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by

A team of scientists at Harvard University says it has come up with a bionic leaf — a system that could use solar power and hydrogen-eating bacteria to generate liquid fuel. The findings, described in the journal Science, offer an alternative path to making carbon-neutral solar fuels. Part microbe and part machine, the bionic leaf […]

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“Grass, Soil, Hope.”

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by

When Gabe Brown and his wife bought their farm near Bismarck, North Dakota, from her parents in 1991, testing found the soil badly depleted, its carbon down to just a quarter of levels once considered natural in the area. Today the Brown farm and ranch is home to a diverse and thriving mix of plants […]

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Climate-smart soils’ may help balance the carbon budget

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 by

Here’s the scientific dirt: Soil can help reduce global warming. While farm soil grows the world’s food and fiber, scientists are examining ways to use it to sequester carbon and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. “We can substantially reduce atmospheric carbon by using soil. We have the technology now to begin employing good soil practices to […]

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Composting Leaves: Keeping Yard Waste From Landfills

Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2015 by

Leaves –high in carbon and trace elements — are a great ingredient to add to any composting effort. And turning them into leaf mold yields a different valuable amendment, full of the living microbes that keep soils healthy. But care must be taken when composting leaves. Leaves are mostly carbon. To make finished, well-balanced compost […]

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