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How to Get Carbon-Free in 10 Years

Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 by

The Joneses are your average U.S. energy consumers. They haven’t yet upgraded to energy-efficient appliances, their house needs better insulation, and they keep the place as cool in the summer and warm in the winter as most Americans do. The two adults commute 30 miles each per day, in separate cars with average fuel efficiency, […]

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How Did Farmer Brown Bring His Dying Land Back From the Brink?

Posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 by

Sometimes enlightenment arrives as a flash of epiphany: a gravity-obeying apple that falls from a tree, for instance, or a blinding light that freezes you in your tracks on the road to Damascus. Other times, though, it’s more of a process. That’s […]

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The Restorative Power of Trees

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 by

Green growing things heal us in surprising ways. Communities are trying to bring plant life to areas that lack it. In some of my earliest memories, I’m perched between two branches of a plum tree that grew in front of my house. To climb, I’d grip the lowest branches and stretch my foot […]

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Take a look at some of the billions of organisms that keep our soil healthy

Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 by

                   Long overlooked as just dirt beneath our feet, soil has taken on increasing importance as we recognize its fundamental role in everything from agriculture to climate change to human health. So, too, with the organisms that call it home. Soil is filled with more biological diversity than any other habitat on Earth. Its food […]

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How London’s ‘lost’ underground rivers could help curb carbon emissions

Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 by

The River Fleet is one of many natural watercourses that were buried and integrated into London’s sewer system in the 19th century. These hidden rivers could provide a green heat source to nearby buildings, according to a fascinating new report. Ask most folks to name a river that flows through London and they’ll all […]

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Swiss firm gains steam in mission to suck CO2 directly from the air

Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2018 by

Carbon dioxide emissions are considered a primary driver for climate change. (Photo: De Visu/Shutterstock) As many countries work to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, one potential solution that has been treated as a pie-in-the-sky concept has been making progress: a system that sucks CO2 directly from the air. Called direct air capture (DAC), […]

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Planting a mix of tree species ‘could double’ forest carbon storage

Posted on Friday, August 24th, 2018 by

Forests containing several tree species could store twice as much carbon as the average monoculture plantation, research finds. A study looking at the carbon storage of forests in southern China finds that each additional tree species introduced to a plantation […]

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Carbon Farming Works. Can It Scale up in Time to Make a Difference?

Posted on Friday, July 27th, 2018 by

Lani Estill is serious about wool. And not just in a knitting-people-sweaters kind of way. Estill and her husband John own thousands of sweeping acres in the northwest corner of California, where they graze cattle and Rambouillet sheep, a cousin of the Merino with exceptionally soft, elastic wool. “Ninety percent of our income from […]

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New study shows mangrove forests soils hold more than 6.4 billion tons of carbon globally

Posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 by

The most detailed study to date of the soil carbon stored in mangrove forests has revealed that these soils hold more than 6.4 billion tons of carbon globally, according to a new paper in Environmental Research Letters. That is about 4.5 times the amount of carbon emitted by the U.S. economy in one year. More […]

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The farm that grows climate solutions

Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 by

High in the mountains of Veracruz, Mexico, a small cooperative is “farming carbon” — practicing agriculture in a way that fights climate change while simultaneously meeting human needs. Although these practices are used by millions of people around the world in some way, people in Western nations are largely unfamiliar with them, and there is […]

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