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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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What Is Carbon Capture and Storage, and Why Do We Need It?

Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 by

A bipartisan group in Congress, including several Ohio Valley lawmakers, is pushing for more federal support for poorly understood technology known as carbon capture and storage. The lawmakers and an uncommon alliance of labor, business, and environmental groups want to pass legislation called the FUTURE Act which would speed commercial deployment of technology that reduces carbon […]

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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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Caltech scientists speed up carbon sequestration process by 500 times

Posted on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 by

Carbon sequestration, or removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it long-term, could help us fight climate change. It’s a complex chemical reaction, but a team of six scientists led by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) just made a breakthrough in speeding up a slow part of the reaction. They were inspired by oceans, which naturally absorb carbon dioxide. Study […]

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California’s Grand Plan to Fight Climate Change on the Farm

Posted on Friday, June 2nd, 2017 by

BY ARIANA REGUZZONI  |  Agroecology, Climate 02.02.16 While El Niño rains have brought some relief to drought-stricken California, Governor Jerry Brown appears to be concerned with the impact extreme weather could continue to have on agriculture in the state. His 2016 budget proposal includes almost $3.1 billion for programs that address climate change […]

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Are hedges better at fighting urban air pollution than trees?

Posted on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 by

The British countryside is famed for its hedgerows. According to scientists, cities need more dense lines of shrubs in order to effectively combat automobile-borne air pollution. (Photo: Jenny Brown/flickr) Make no mistake: the temperature-lowering, mood-improving, habitat-providing, air-scrubbing power of urban trees cannot be underestimated. But as far as that last bit — the removal of […]

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Nonprofit Clones Giant Sequoias To Combat Climate Change

Posted on Friday, May 12th, 2017 by

While state attorneys general may be trying to hold ExxonMobil accountable for its potential part in perpetuating global warming, others are taking a more theoretical approach to combating climate change. 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 […]

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Are some forests better than others at migrating climate change ?

Posted on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 by

Photo credit: Travel Photos HD. LIFE ON EARTH wouldn’t be the same without forests. An estimated 1.6 billion people around the world depend on forests for their livelihood. Forests provide food and timber, preserve water quality and soil fertility, and act as a home for 80% of the planet’s terrestrial species. They also act […]

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A crucial climate mystery is just under our feet

Posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 by

What Jonathan Sanderman really wanted was some old dirt. He called everyone he could think of who might know where he could get some. He emailed colleagues and read through old studies looking for clues, but he kept coming up empty. Sanderman was looking for old dirt because it would let him test a plan […]

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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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