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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Dept. of Energy Announces $122M In Funding For “Coal Innovation” Centers

Dept. of Energy Announces $122M In Funding For “Coal Innovation” Centers

On Friday, the Energy Department announced it will provide more than $120m in funding to create “coal products innovation centers… [that] …will focus on manufacturing value-added, carbon-based products from coal, as well as developing new methods to extract and process rare earth elements and critical minerals from coal.” 

Why This Matters: Coal innovation is an oxymoron or maybe just moronic – and certainly a dubious investment.

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Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations Emit Much More Methane Than Previously Thought

Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations Emit Much More Methane Than Previously Thought

CNN and The Guardian reported late last week on a new study published in the journal Nature that concludes that methane emissions from fossil fuels are between 25% and 40% larger than past research had estimated, which means that oil and gas production is contributing roughly half of all greenhouse gas emissions — “far more” to climate change than previously estimated.

Why This Matters:  Methane is about 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide when looked at over a 20-year period.

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Southeast As A Region Lags In Coming To Grips With Climate Change

Southeast As A Region Lags In Coming To Grips With Climate Change

Inside Climate News published over the weekend, in collaboration with 9 newspapers across 7 Southeastern states a series of stories called “Caught Off Guard” describing how and why the region lags behind others in renewable electricity and faces some of the biggest global warming threats in the nation.  

Why This Matters:  The Southeast is particularly vulnerable on its coast due to increasingly severe storms and flooding, but the region’s problems extend far inland too.

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Stewart Udall: Excerpts of “A Letter to My Grandchildren”

Stewart Udall: Excerpts of “A Letter to My Grandchildren”

My generation’s mistakes, your generation’s epic challenge To My Grandchildren— This is the most important letter I will ever write. It concerns your future—and the tomorrows of the innumerable human beings who share this vulnerable, fragile planet with you. It involves changes that must be made if environmental disasters are to be avoided. The response […]

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