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 Report Finds Protecting 30% of US By 2030 Provides Major Carbon Offsets

New Report Finds Protecting 30% of US By 2030 Provides Major Carbon Offsets

New research by the Center for American Progress (CAP) takes this analysis the next step and calculates the carbon sequestration benefits of various nature-based solutions being contemplated as part of the effort to conserve 30% of the U.S. lands and waters by 2030.  Forests and other lands in the United States, if properly conserved, have the potential to store an additional 1,000 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually.  

Why This Matters:  We need to use our full arsenal of tools to sequester carbon.

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The Magic of Mushrooms in Fighting Climate Change

The Magic of Mushrooms in Fighting Climate Change

This year there’s been lots of talk about whether forests are the key to fighting climate change. And while forests are critical, mushrooms are the unsung heroes that are key in helping forests store their carbon. Thanks to fungi there’s twice as much carbon locked in the ground as in the atmosphere. But now, researchers […]

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Midwestern States Struggling to Recover From Floods, Left Vulnerable to Coronavirus

Midwestern States Struggling to Recover From Floods, Left Vulnerable to Coronavirus

by Zoey Shipley and Miro Korenha    In Spring 2019, much of the Midwest was hit with devastating floods. Nebraska alone was faced with over $1 billion in damages to roads, local businesses, crops, and levees. Natural disasters like this have contributed to the crumbling of the rural economy and lack of investment in these […]

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Tropical Rainforests Losing Ability to Absorb Carbon, That’s a Blow to Trump’s “1 Trillion Trees”

Tropical Rainforests Losing Ability to Absorb Carbon, That’s a Blow to Trump’s “1 Trillion Trees”

According to a new study published in the journal Nature, tropical forests are losing their ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the air and serve as “carbon sinks.” As The Guardian explained, The Amazon could turn into a source of carbon in the atmosphere, instead of one of the biggest absorbers of the gas, as […]

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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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