Bottom Trawling Fishing Gear Releases Huge Amounts of Carbon From Sea Floor

Bottom Trawling Fishing Gear Releases Huge Amounts of Carbon From Sea Floor

The ocean floor stores a massive amount of carbon, and when fishing boats drag heavy nets across it, that releases as much carbon as the entire aviation industry, according to a new study by 26 marine biologists. Right now, a measly 7% of the ocean is protected, and even within parts of the ocean that are marine protected areas, bottom trawling is still happening.

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The U.S. Officially Rejoins Paris Agreement

The U.S. Officially Rejoins Paris Agreement

On Friday, the U.S. officially rejoined the Paris Agreement on climate change. Just under one month into his term, President Biden has officially reversed one major element of Trump’s intended legacy, and climate officials across the globe are welcoming our nation back with open arms. 

Why This Matters: The last four years proved to be a disaster for the climate.

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The Seaweed Solution to Methane Emissions from Cows

The Seaweed Solution to Methane Emissions from Cows

Tatiana Schlossberg reports for The Washington Post about the potential of seaweed to dramatically reduce methane emissions from cows.  It turns out that Asparagopsis taxiformis and Asparagopsis armata — two species of crimson submarine grass — can reduce those emissions by 98% when just a small amount is added to their food.  Now several companies are working […]

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McDonald’s Announces New Meatless “McPlant” Burger

McDonald’s Announces New Meatless “McPlant” Burger

This week, McDonald’s announced that it was launching the McPlant burger, a completely vegan burger created by the fast-food chain and Beyond Meat. The release is a part of the company’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint, 29% of which can be attributed to the sourcing of beef.

Why This Matters: Food production accounts for about 30% of global emissions. Beef is the most climate-damaging food on the planet, producing carbon emissions at every step of the supply chain.

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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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