A brief history of the Earth’s CO2

Posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 by

Climate change has been described as one of the biggest problems faced by humankind. Carbon dioxide is is the primary driver of global warming. Prof Joanna Haigh from Imperial College London explains why this gas has played a crucial role in shaping the Earth’s climate. Carbon dioxide (CO2) has been present in the atmosphere […]

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Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report

Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 by

 Planting trees is one of the best ways to harness the power of nature to cut carbon emissions, says study. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed on […]

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The first ‘negative emissions’ carbon-capture plant is up and running.

Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 by

On Wednesday, Iceland flipped the switch on the first project that will remove more CO2 than it produces. The plant is operated by Climeworks, which also opened the first commercial carbon-capture plant in Switzerland earlier this year. Here’s how direct-air carbon capture works: Giant turbines pull in huge quantities of air, hoovering up molecules of carbon dioxide […]

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When Indigenous People Control Their Own Land, It Protects Us All From Carbon Emissions

Posted on Friday, October 6th, 2017 by

Tropical rainforests controlled by indigenous people currently store 25% of the world’s carbon emissions. At the same time, “controlled” is usually something of a misnomer. While indigenous communities claim ownership of up to 50% of the world’s land, they’ve only legally secured about 10% of it.  Many aren’t able to prove–with evidence accepted by courts–that the areas […]

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Restoring U.S. Forests Can Help Solve Our Water Infrastructure Crisis

Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 by

While Washington waits for the details of the Trump administration’s promised trillion-dollar plan to fix American infrastructure, there’s a critical need to focus on the infrastructure that carries our water. One step we can take now to shore up our human-made water infrastructure is to restore the great forests that offer natural infrastructure support. U.S. water infrastructure […]

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Dirty undies help American researchers to test Tennessee soil

Posted on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 by

The underwear has been buried in different soils for 30 days and shows the different rates of degeneration. (Supplied: Coffee County Soil Conservation District) Undies, jocks, drawers… There are plenty of names for underwear around the world. Now, a group of farmers in Tennessee, in the United States, has found a new use for […]

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Ecological intensification of agriculture: ideas that begin to take root

Posted on Monday, September 11th, 2017 by

In the context of increasing global food demand, ecological intensification of agriculture emerges as an ideal approach to land management. It combines the benefits of intensive and extensive agriculture, enhancing ecosystem services and leading to sustainable ways of production. An ecosystem under ecological intensification has high rates of internal regulation processes, moderate resource inputs, low nutrient losses […]

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The Next Agriculture Revolution Is Under Our Feet

Posted on Sunday, September 10th, 2017 by

By Justin Adams, Global Managing Director of Lands at The Nature Conservancy, and Bianca Moebius-Clune, Ph.D., Director at the Soil Health Division, USDA-NRCS At the core of agriculture is innovation. Advancements in agricultural technology throughout the past century have allowed farmers to feed a population that has grown from less than 2 billion people […]

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Four Ways Mexico’s Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future

Posted on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 by

1. Farm like a forest Not accounting for land covered by water, desert, or ice, about half of the planet is dedicated to pasture and croplands, according to WRI’s study. And the continued expansion of agricultural land is driving biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, an increase […]

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Key to speeding up carbon sequestration discovered

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 by

Scanning electron microscopy image of calcite. Credit: Adam Subhas/Caltech Scientists at Caltech and USC have discovered a way to speed up the slow part of the chemical reaction that ultimately helps the earth to safely lock away, or sequester, carbon dioxide into the ocean. Simply adding a common enzyme to the mix, the researchers […]

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