Study Finds That Half of All Methane Emissions Come from Aquatic Ecosystems

Study Finds That Half of All Methane Emissions Come from Aquatic Ecosystems

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new paper published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience found that up to half of the global methane emissions come from aquatic ecosystems and man-made water sources like flooded agricultural land, ponds, wetlands, reservoirs, and salt marshes. Experts say that these emissions have gone uncounted for too long […]

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Environmental Assessment Furthers Louisiana’s Climate Adaptation Goal click button

Environmental Assessment Furthers Louisiana’s Climate Adaptation Goal

The Army Corps of Engineers last week released an environmental impact assessment for the nation’s largest climate adaptation plan to date, which would help to restore the Louisiana coastline using money paid by BP as part of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill settlement. 

Why This Matters: The Louisiana coastline is sinking at an alarming rate — a football field an hour. 

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Farmers and Conservationists Work Together to Bring Back California’s Water Birds

Farmers and Conservationists Work Together to Bring Back California’s Water Birds

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer California’s Central Valley was once home to egrets, sandhill cranes, and other water birds who wintered in the region’s wetlands. However, agriculture and urban development have taken over 95 percent of these former wetlands, replacing them with crops like wine grapes, olives, almonds and other “permanent crops” that are […]

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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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Brazil’s Biodiversity-Rich Pantanal Wetlands “Ravaged” By Wildfires

Brazil’s Biodiversity-Rich Pantanal Wetlands “Ravaged” By Wildfires

Fires are “ravaging” the biodiversity-rich Pantanal region of Brazil, Jake Spring of Reuters reported Tuesday. In the first fifteen days of August alone, the national space research agency of Brazil recorded 3,121 fires, which is almost five times greater than last year. Already, 6% of the Pantanal burned from January to July due to high temperatures, dry conditions, and high winds.

Why This Matters: As the world’s largest wetland, the Pantanal is home to key biodiversity.

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The Failings of Trump’s Navigable Waters Rule Laid Bare

The Failings of Trump’s Navigable Waters Rule Laid Bare

By William Buzbee On Thursday, Science magazine published an article [abstract available, article itself behind paywall] I co-authored with a number of distinguished environmental science professors from around the country. In the article, we dissect President Trump’s newly implemented navigable waters rule and show the remarkable disregard for science that the Trump administration displayed in […]

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