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Chestnut Mountain: A Gift That Will Keep on Giving

Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 by

The new preserve connects a mosaic of 60,000 acres of protected public lands on the Cumberland Plateau. No one was expecting the 5,763-acre gift. But when the Bridgestone tire company donated its Chestnut Mountain forests to The Nature Conservancy—the largest gift in the history of our Tennessee chapter—it didn’t take long for the […]

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Historic DC cemetery doubles as pollution-absorbing sponge

Posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by

Monument-stuffed Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, Maryland, is the final resting place of Francis Scott Key. Notable burials at Chicago’s Mount Olivet include Mrs. Catherine O’Leary (but not her infamous cow) and, for a brief spell in the late 1940s, Al Capone. Detroit’s Mount Olivet Cemetery is the city’s largest while its counterpart in […]

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Miracle mangrove “land builders” adapt to ocean rise amid climate change

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 by

Understanding how ecosystems function can help scientists develop strategies to ensure the planet can withstand the risks of climate change. Mangrove ecosystems, recognized for their capacity to store large amounts of carbon and protect shoreline erosions from rigorous ocean activity, also provide a buffer by capturing sediment high in organic carbon that can […]

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Kloters RepAir: the t-shirt that cleans air from pollution

Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 by

Pollution is a major problem for our health and it is very difficult to escape. We breathe polluted air in every place we go: streets, cars, homes, offices, schools, and that is the cause of many deaths and health problems. What if we could leverage our clothing to clean air from pollution? Can our favorite […]

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Scientists Develop Affordable Way to Recycle CO2 Into Fuel

Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018 by

Scientists at the Canadian company Carbon Engineering have moved carbon-capture technology one step closer from pipe dream to viable solution. The company has developed technology at its plant in British Columbia that can both remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it into carbon-neutral fuels, suggesting such technology could be a meaningful part of […]

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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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The teenager inventor who could change the way the world fights climate change

Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017 by

Ethan Novek speaks fast and insists on giving you every detail, even in response to simple questions. It can be overwhelming. But it’s worth sticking with him. Novek started winning science fairs in middle school and was awarded his first patent at 16. Now, at 18, he has his own company, Innovator Energy, and is […]

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The first ‘negative emissions’ carbon-capture plant is up and running.

Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 by

On Wednesday, Iceland flipped the switch on the first project that will remove more CO2 than it produces. The plant is operated by Climeworks, which also opened the first commercial carbon-capture plant in Switzerland earlier this year. Here’s how direct-air carbon capture works: Giant turbines pull in huge quantities of air, hoovering up molecules of carbon dioxide […]

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Australian firm unveils plan to convert carbon emissions into ‘green’ concrete

Posted on Friday, August 25th, 2017 by

 Mineral Carbonation International hopes to be producing 20,000 to 50,000 tonnes of the bonded material for building companies by 2020. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images An Australian pilot project capturing carbon emissions and storing them in building materials aims to have a full-scale production plant by 2020. Mineral Carbonation International, an Australian company developing […]

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Key to speeding up carbon sequestration discovered

Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 by

Scanning electron microscopy image of calcite. Credit: Adam Subhas/Caltech Scientists at Caltech and USC have discovered a way to speed up the slow part of the chemical reaction that ultimately helps the earth to safely lock away, or sequester, carbon dioxide into the ocean. Simply adding a common enzyme to the mix, the researchers […]

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