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The potential role of compost in reducing greenhouse gases

Posted on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 by

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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. https://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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how to reduce your carbon footprint

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by

how to reduce your carbon footprint Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t.™ That’s our motto, and we’re proud of it.  Everyone has a responsibility to reduce their individual carbon footprint, and there are lots of ways to do so.  We encourage everyone to think about their lifestyle decisions and find opportunities to reduce […]

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Ways to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by

There are three primary methods for reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere: employing energy efficiency and conservation practices; using carbon-free or reduced-carbon energy resources; and capturing and storing carbon either from fossil fuels or from the atmosphere. Efficiency and Conservation There are many energy efficiency and conservation practices that reduce the consumption of carbon-based […]

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USDA and Partners Complete First-of-Its-Kind Sale of Carbon Credits from Working Ranch Grasslands

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today said a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant has helped initiate a partnership that is improving the environment, creating a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands. Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, recently purchased almost 40,000 carbon dioxide reduction tons generated on working ranch […]

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U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2013

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by

U.S. ENERGY-RELATED CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS INCREASED 2.5% IN 2013 Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) increased from 5,267 million metric tons (MMmt) in 2012 to 5,396 MMmt in 2013 (2.5%). The 2013 increase was largely the result of colder weather leading to an increase in energy intensity (energy measured in Btu per dollar of gross domestic […]

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California Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory Program

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by

Overview The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) requires that the California Air Resources Board (ARB) determine the statewide 1990 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission level and approve a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit, equal to the 1990 level, to be achieved by 2020. Assembly Bill 1803, which became law in 2006, made ARB […]

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Air Quality Trends

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by

Air Quality Trends EPA creates air quality trends using measurements from monitors located across the country. The table below show that air quality based on concentrations of the common pollutants has improved nationally since 1980. (See the trends graphs for 1980-2014, 1990-2014 and 2000-2014.) Percent Change in Air Quality 1980 vs 2014 1990 vs 2014 2000 vs 2014 Carbon […]

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