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Peatlands are 2nd only to oceans in the amount of carbon they store

Posted on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 by

Peatlands: Although they cover just 3% of earth’s land area, they are 2nd only to oceans in the amount of carbon they store. Peatlands, also known as bogs or mires, are neither solid ground nor water but something in between. Peat is a thick, mucky substance made up of dead and decomposing plant matter. […]

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Mammoth Steppe Ecosystem Restoration To Prevent Permafrost Carbon Emissions.

Posted on Monday, August 21st, 2017 by

Melting Arctic Permafrost represents fundamental threat to global climate. Restoring “Mammoth Steppe” could help. Arctic permafrost contains ~1600 gigatons of carbon, approximately twice as much as the earths atmosphere (Tarnocai et al 2009). Due to accelerated warming at high latitudes this permafrost is beginning to melt.  This will release large amounts of carbon into the […]

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The Benefits of Industrial Composting

Posted on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 by

Though primarily identified as a distributor of heavy construction equipment, McClung-Logan dedicates a good portion of our inventory to Environmental Machinery for the process of industrial composting — the treatment of large volumes of organic waste and transforming it into compost. There are four types of Environmental Machinery: Shredding, Screening, Separation, Composting, and Recycling. Komptech manufactures most of these machines and […]

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A climate change solution beneath our feet

Posted on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 by

When we think of climate change solutions, what typically comes to mind is the transportation we use, the lights in our home, the buildings we power and the food we eat. Rarely do we think about the ground beneath our feet. Kate Scow thinks a lot about the ground, or, more precisely, the soil. She’s […]

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Paul Hawken Presents the World’s First Comprehensive Plan to Reverse Global Warming

Posted on Monday, April 24th, 2017 by

Can we stop global warming in the next 30 years? This is the burning question of the 21st century and renowned environmentalist Paul Hawken used our March What’s Now: San Francisco gathering to give his answer: Yes we can. More on Project Drawdown: https://www.drawdown.org/

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A crucial climate mystery is just under our feet

Posted on Monday, April 24th, 2017 by

What Jonathan Sanderman really wanted was some old dirt. He called everyone he could think of who might know where he could get some. He emailed colleagues and read through old studies looking for clues, but he kept coming up empty. Sanderman was looking for old dirt because it would let him test a plan […]

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22 Organizations Working to Restore Soils in 2016

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 by

According to the recent United Nations report, Status of the World’s Soil Resources, the world can ameliorate soil degradation if more sustainable practices are promptly implemented. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) defines soil degradation as “a change in the soil health status resulting in a diminished capacity of the ecosystem to provide goods and services for […]

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Carbon Farming: What is it, and how can it help the climate?

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

An ear of corn, swaying gently before a stand of apple trees. A cow chewing slowly on clover. They’re probably not what you think of when you imagine solutions to climate change. But perhaps their time has come. Eco-Center Salamander Springs farm in Berea, Ky., uses carbon-farming techniques to improve soil health and capture carbon. (Credit: […]

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How Carbon Farming Can Reverse Climate Change

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

Cattle graze here on a ranch in the Sand Hill region of North Central Nebraska. Grasslands cover a large percentage of the planet and research demonstrates greater potential with improved management (such as compost additions and plant composition) to increase soil carbon. What Do We Know About Soil Carbon Potential Beyond the Basic Conservation Practices? […]

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Carbon Farming in Santa Barbara

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

Recent research in Marin County, which has similar soils and agricultural makeup to Santa Barbara, shows that a one-time application of compost on rangelands can stimulate plant growth at a significant level. By kickstarting the carbon cycle, this strategy uses native grasslands as vehicles for pulling excess carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and sequestering […]

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