Hundreds of CA’s Giant Sequoias Destroyed By Wildfires

Hundreds of CA’s Giant Sequoias Destroyed By Wildfires

Hundreds of giant sequoia trees were killed in the Castle Fire in California, according to experts. Despite being naturally resistant to fire, sequoias, the world’s most massive trees, the intensity of recent wildfires has done more damage than the trees can handle.

Why This Matters: The fiery death of these trees is a canary in a coal mine.

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U.N. Report Calls for Protection of Seagrasses, “the Forgotten Ecosystem”

U.N. Report Calls for Protection of Seagrasses, “the Forgotten Ecosystem”

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer  According to a 2020 U.N. environmental report, seagrass “prairies” play a massive role in the health of the world’s oceans and if nothing is done to stop their decline, the world will face serious consequences.  Seagrasses support rich biodiversity that sustains a whopping 20% of the world’s fisheries, and […]

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Study Shows Warming Ocean, Vicious Carbon Cycle

Study Shows Warming Ocean, Vicious Carbon Cycle

A new study found that the ocean is showing signs of intensifying stratification, a phenomenon in which the layers of water in the ocean become more distinct and mix less.

Why This Matters: The mixing of ocean layers is crucial to sea life and human life.

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Prairie Soil Could Play A Key Role in Reducing US Carbon Emissions

Prairie Soil Could Play A Key Role in Reducing US Carbon Emissions

An innovative way of decreasing our carbon footprint that is gaining acceptance is sequestering carbon in prairies, The Washington Post recently reported.

Why This Matters: To avoid the effects of global warming, scientists believe the world would need not only to cut out 50% of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, but also remove existing carbon from the atmosphere.

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Vegetables Are Good For You And The Planet

Vegetables Are Good For You And The Planet

A recent study demonstrated that perennial vegetables are very important in preventing and mitigating soil erosion and climate change, Virginia Gewin reported last month for Civil Eats. This category of vegetables, which grow year-round, goes beyond simply artichokes and asparagus — they studied over 600 species. And they were able to demonstrate a “full accounting of their potential to pull carbon from the atmosphere.”

Why This Matters: As the authors of the study contend, “Perennial vegetables are a neglected and underutilized class of crops with potential to address 21st-century challenges.”

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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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