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California is turning farms into carbon-sucking factories

Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 by

In a grand experiment, California switched on a fleet of high-tech greenhouse gas removal machines last month. Funded by the state’s cap-and-trade program, they’re designed to reverse climate change by sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. These wonderfully complex machines are more high-tech than anything humans have designed. They’re called plants. Seriously, though: Plants breathe in […]

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This Country Is The Only Carbon Negative Nation On Earth, And You’ve Probably Never Heard Of It

Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 by

Almost all countries are, of course, carbon positive, meaning their total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are anything higher than zero. Plenty of countries are hoping to decarbonize and become carbon neutral nations as soon as possible, but with the exception of very small island nations, this essentially hasn’t happened yet. One country, however, has been referred to […]

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Wrangler puts its corporate weight behind soil health

Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 by

In his excellent book Growing a Revolution, David R. Montgomery suggests that for far too long we’ve been arguing over organic versus conventional agriculture. Instead, he says, we really should have been focused on soil health. You see, there are big organic farms that are losing soil hand over fist. And there are conventional farms […]

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How Crushed Volcanic Rock in Farm Soil Could Help Slow Global Warming

Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 by

Volcanic plains tend to be fertile farmland. A new study explores how spreading crushed volcanic rock on farms can increase carbon storage and crop yields. Credit: SounderBruce/CC-BY-SA-2.0 Pulverizing volcanic rock and spreading the dust like fertilizer on farm soils could suck billions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere and boost crop yields […]

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Farmland could be used to sustainably offset America’s entire carbon footprint

Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 by

Amid the roaring debate on how to curb climate change in Bonn last year, an impasse was finally broken on agriculture. Both a cause and casualty of climate change, our food system accounts for up to 24% of greenhouse gas emissions. Yet hit by soaring temperatures and more frequent extreme weather, farming is becoming […]

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Climate scientists unlock secrets of ‘blue carbon’

Posted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 by

Tidal wetlands such as this marsh in Oregon can store large amounts of carbon.Credit: WestWindGraphics/Getty Tidal wetlands come in many forms, but they could be more alike below the surface than anyone realized. Whether it’s a mangrove forest in Florida, a freshwater swamp in Virginia or a saltwater marsh in Oregon, the amount of […]

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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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