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The Climate-Fighting Power of Kelp

The Climate-Fighting Power of Kelp

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer For all the high-tech solutions proposed to draw carbon out of the atmosphere, the low-tech of the natural world can be just as effective. Planting trees falls into this category. So does farming kelp. As Maine Public Radio reports, Portland-based Running Tide Technologies is growing “massive amounts of seaweed” […]

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Miami and LA Rethink Their Iconic Palm Trees

Miami and LA Rethink Their Iconic Palm Trees

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Palm trees are the iconic imagery of warm coastal cities like Los Angeles and Miami. In fact, in Miami, palms make up over 55% of the city’s total tree population. Yet climate change and rising global temperatures are forcing city leaders to rethink the prominence of the palm. Miami […]

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Climate, Biodiversity Loss, and Pollution Must Be Solved As One, Says UN

Climate, Biodiversity Loss, and Pollution Must Be Solved As One, Says UN

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer A new United Nations blueprint frames taking on the interlocking climate crisis, biodiversity loss, and pollution as a peacemaking endeavor. The “Making Peace with Nature” report emphasizes that the three must be solved together and require reframing what’s economically valued. As UN Secretary-General António Guterres noted at a press […]

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Colombia Maps Potential for Sustainable Cocoa Industry

Colombia Maps Potential for Sustainable Cocoa Industry

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Though Colombia is known for its coffee, the World Bank and its private sector-focused arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), have been working with the Colombian government to develop sustainable cocoa farming in the Orinoquía region. This project could support rural farmers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prevent deforestation, and […]

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New Study Finds Trees Absorbing More Carbon than Previously Thought

New Study Finds Trees Absorbing More Carbon than Previously Thought

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study has found that, contrary to the expectations of the scientific community, trees are expertly adapting to increased carbon in the atmosphere and absorbing even more carbon while increasing their water use efficiency. However, while these findings reinforce the importance of forests as carbon sinks, many forests are plagued […]

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One Cool Thing: Redwoods In California Beginning To Come Back After Fire

One Cool Thing: Redwoods In California Beginning To Come Back After Fire

A professor at San Jose State University sparked a wave of optimism when late last fall he posted photos of redwood trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Big Basin Redwoods State Park beginning to show new growth just three months after fires devastated the area.  The scientist, Dustin Mulvaney, snapped photos of the trees’ […]

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