Hands On Urban Composting Workshop- SF

Posted on Saturday, November 28th, 2015 by

Always wanted to compost but need a little direction? Garden for the Environment, located on Lawton street in San Francisco, offers just that; a free, hands on class that teaches methods for backyard and worm composting for home and community gardens.  “Come learn what you can do to improve your garden and prevent organic waste […]

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Why Doesn’t Santa Cruz Recycle?

Posted on Saturday, November 7th, 2015 by

Food waste is collected in more than 100 American communities. When will Santa Cruz County get on board?   There they stand, proffering fistfuls of carrot peels, zucchini tops and kale stems, scanning the kitchen in bewilderment. “Where’s the compost bin?” Any Santa Cruz County household that has hosted guests from San Francisco—or Portland, Ore., Seattle […]

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COMET-Farm

Posted on Sunday, November 1st, 2015 by

COMET-Farm is a whole farm and ranch carbon and greenhouse gas accounting system. The tool guides you through describing your farm and ranch management practices including alternative future management scenarios. Once complete, a report is generated comparing the carbon changes and greenhouse gas emissions between your current management practices and future scenarios. http://cometfarm.nrel.colostate.edu/Home

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Evaluate potential carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reductions from adopting NRCS conservation practices

Posted on Sunday, November 1st, 2015 by

NRCS Conservation Practices included in COMET-Planner are only those that have been identified as having greenhouse gas mitigation and/or carbon sequestration benefits on farms and ranches. This list of conservation practices is based on the qualitative greenhouse benefits ranking of practices prepared by NRCS. How are your carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emission reduction estimates calculated? […]

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New GHG protocol recruits ranchers in fight against climate change

Posted on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 by

SAN FRANCISCO January 6, 2015 – The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association has announced the approval of a new greenhouse gas emission reduction credit protocol that recruits ranchers in the fight against climate change. The new protocol involves sustainable land management practices that help store atmospheric carbon in the soil through a process […]

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Soil and human security in the 21st century

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by

BACKGROUND Earth’s soil has formed by processes that have maintained a persistent and expansive global soil mantle, one that in turn provided the stage for the evolution of the vast diversity of life on land. The underlying stability of soil systems is controlled by their inherent balance between inputs and losses of nutrients and carbon. […]

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The Benefits Of Soil Carbon

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by

Managing soils for multiple economic, societal In view of the growing world population, within two decades global demand for food is projected to increase by 50 per cent, demand for water by 35-60 per cent, and demand for energy by 45 per cent. The world’s soils are consequently under increasing pressure. Soil carbon plays a […]

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Monitoring soil carbon will prepare growers for a carbon trading system

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by

Authors Emma C. Suddick, UC Davis, Woods Hole Research Center Moffatt K. Ngugi, UC Davis, USAID USDA-FAS Keith Paustian, Colorado State University Johan Six, UC Davis, ETH Zurich Publication Information California Agriculture 67(3):162-171. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v067n03p162. July-September 2013. NALT Keywords agricultural management, environmental science, Natural Resources, soil management Author Affiliations E.C. Suddick was Postdoctoral Researcher, Plant Sciences Department, UC Davis, and is now Research Associate, Woods […]

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Modeling watershed-scale sequestration of soil organic carbon for carbon credit programs

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by

Impending risks associated with climate change have forced the global community to devise tradable pollution permit or “cap and trade” approaches to control the release of greenhouse gases. In the U.S, soils have the potential to offset about 10 percent of annual CO2 emissions; however, if carbon credits are to be included in greenhouse gas […]

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The CENTURY Soil Organic Matter Model

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by

The CENTURY version 5 agroecosystem model is the latest version of the soil organic model developed by Parton et al. (1987). This model simulates C, N, P, and S dynamics through an annual cycle over time scales of centuries and millennia. The producer submodel may be a grassland/crop, forest or savanna system, with the flexibility of specifying […]

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