Direct Air Capture is Ready for its Close-up

Direct Air Capture is Ready for its Close-up

By Dr. Julio Friedmann As Congress prepares major climate legislation and President Biden looks to take more executive action, net-zero emissions has become the science-based star of the show. That show features a climate solution that is often overlooked – undiscovered and waiting in the wings. Carbon dioxide removal (CDR), which pulls carbon dioxide (CO2) […]

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North Carolina Plans For Green-Infrastructure To Counter Storms

North Carolina Plans For Green-Infrastructure To Counter Storms

North Carolina Coastal Federation has a nature-based plan for dealing with heavy rainfall that captures and filters water instead. Green infrastructure includes solutions like rain gardens, restoring wetlands, and permeable pavement. The state plan calls for comprehensive incorporation of nature-based stormwater strategies across roadways, farmland, and in new building construction. 

Why This Matters: It’s not just sea-level rise that causes increased flooding and infrastructure damage: heavy rains can be just as disruptive. Using plants, dirt, and other natural ways to handle excess water is often simpler and more cost-effective than their conventional counterparts.

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The Climate-Fighting Power of Kelp

The Climate-Fighting Power of Kelp

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer For all the high-tech solutions proposed to draw carbon out of the atmosphere, the low-tech of the natural world can be just as effective. Planting trees falls into this category. So does farming kelp. As Maine Public Radio reports, Portland-based Running Tide Technologies is growing “massive amounts of seaweed” […]

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Exclusive Interview of the Week: Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International click button

Exclusive Interview of the Week: Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International

This week we had a great conversation with Sanjayan, a world-renowned scientist and one of the few leaders of a major environmental organization who comes from the global south. On environmental justice: “Conservation has a long way to go … the folks who are on the front lines in some of the biggest challenges that […]

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Nature-Based Solutions Can Make Up For Lost Time On Climate Change

Nature-Based Solutions Can Make Up For Lost Time On Climate Change

By Sally Yozell and Jack W. Stuart The U.S. is re-entering international climate change diplomacy at a critical moment. After a year of record-setting climate events, President Biden has placed climate change on the top of his agenda. He has named experienced climate leaders to key White House positions, rejoined the Paris agreement, and enacted […]

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Kerry Is Humble and Pledges Ambition In First International Appearance

Kerry Is Humble and Pledges Ambition In First International Appearance

"We intend to make good on our Climate Finance Pledge. There is simply no adapting to a 4 degree warmer world except for the most privileged. We are coming back with humility and will work with multilateral institutions."– John Kerry @ClimateEnvoy #AdaptationSummit pic.twitter.com/BqT0LDo13H — CASsummit2021 (@CASsummit2021) January 25, 2021 Appearing virtually at the United Nations […]

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