Saltwater Intrusion Threatens the US and the World’s Coasts

Saltwater Intrusion Threatens the US and the World’s Coasts

ABC News reports that there is a creeping underground invasion of our coasts, and it is moving inland much faster than had been previously thought, according to new research funded by the National Science Foundation.  The stealth invader?  Saltwater, which is infiltrating our coastal communities and creating unseen risks well in advance of the surface floods that drown our homes and businesses. 

Why this Matters:  This problem will become more and more common as climate change continues, causing widespread displacement across the world.

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Louisiana Governor Sets Net-Zero Goal, Will Focus on Wetland Restoration

Louisiana Governor Sets Net-Zero Goal, Will Focus on Wetland Restoration

Yesterday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed two executive orders to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as well as a measure to ramp up coastal restoration as a means of carbon sequestration. As KALB explained, The first order, which deals with greenhouse gas emissions, creates the state’s first Climate Initiatives Task Force–a group […]

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New Science on Carbon Capture Highlights Its Potential

New Science on Carbon Capture Highlights Its Potential

New technology developed in Japan provides a much-needed breakthrough for capturing carbon released from a concentrated source like a thermal power plant and “recycling” it to create other gas fuels like methane, methanol, and gasoline.  And scientists from the U.K. have discovered that green algae known as “green snow” on the Antarctic Peninsula are a significant carbon sink for the continent, absorbing approximately 479 tons of carbon a year through photosynthesis.

Why This Matters: Carbon recycling will help reduce global warming by re-using the CO2, which would otherwise be let go into the atmosphere.

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Building Climate Resilience From the Ground And Seafloor Up

Building Climate Resilience From the Ground And Seafloor Up

It has been hard to find agreement in Congress on the issue of climate change, but one new “fertile” area of discussion is engaging the agriculture sector and finding financial opportunities to sequester carbon in soil and plant life in the form of marketable carbon offsets or credits.

Why This Matters:  Agriculture is carbon-intensive — it would be great to flip the paradigm and make it one of the major solutions to our climate crisis.

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Carbon Capture Tax Credit a Bust — So Far

Carbon Capture Tax Credit a Bust — So Far

Congress in 2018 gave a lucrative tax credit to the nascent and controversial carbon capture industry, but so far, according to The New York Times, the Internal Revenue Service has yet to promulgate the regulations that would allow businesses that qualify to get the tax benefit. 

Why This Matters:  The Republicans’ big plans on carbon capture and sequestration won’t mean bupkis if the Trump Administration won’t implement them.

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The Week Ahead: May 20-24

The Week Ahead: May 20-24

Happy Monday, Friends of the Planet!  We hope you had a great weekend.  It is the week before the Memorial Day long weekend (aka the unofficial beginning of summer) and looks like a busy one in D.C. because Congress will be in a district work period next week and they are trying to get through […]

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