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However, farmers worry that the cost of maintaining natural grasslands outweighs the potential payment for carbon storage. For example, a Texas landowner featured in the Washington Post story, B.F. Hicks, has spent $220,000 on gravel for roads around his property, and $2,500 on a thermal imaging scope to prevent pigs from eating the grass, in addition to fees for fencing. These costs can be steep for farmers, who could make much more money developing their land rather than conserving it.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer A study published yesterday in the journal Nature suggests that revitalizing ecosystems in a global, holistic way could be an immensely effective way to heal the Earth’s climate. In particular, forests, wetlands, and grasslands would benefit most from restoration — protecting just 30% of these priority areas could save […]
Why This Matters: As President Trump bleeds money from the military to build the border wall (which fortunately a federal court just put on hold), climate change — a real emergency for the military — goes unaddressed.
Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom enacted an executive order committing California to conserve 30% of its land and waters by 2030. This order compels California’s Natural Resource Agency to work with other state agencies to establish the California Biodiversity Collaborative which will then work with Native American tribes and other stakeholders to create a […]
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