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Targeted ecosystem restoration can protect climate, biodiversity

by Bob Berwyn, Inside Climate News Highlights New research published in Nature shows that restoring wetlands, peatlands, and grasslands will help heal ecosystems and increase their ability to absorb greenhouse gases Protecting 30% of the priority areas identified in the study could save wildlife at the brink of extinction and would sequester about 465 billion … Read more

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New report on climate impacts in SoCal makes urgent case for agricultural climate adaptation tools bill

Day workers by Linnaea Mallette from publicdomainpictures.net

by Brian Shobe, CalCAN Highlights A new study by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and Climate Science Alliance emphasizes the need for climate adaptation tools and training for farmers due to climate impacts Assembly Bill 1071, the Agricultural Climate Adaptation Tools Bill, would provide the tools and training needed in order for farmers … Read more

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Let’s harness the proven benefits of regenerative agriculture for a climate-safe future

Many California lawmakers understand the connection between energy use and the climate crisis. However, they are much less familiar with the vast potential for carbon sequestration in our soils. Healthy soils are a critical component of achieving the urgent goals of net-negative emissions by 2030 (drawdown of emissions already in the atmosphere greater than new greenhouse gas emissions) and increased resilience to climate-driven extremes like drought, heat, and floods.

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This Houston nonprofit is paying coastal landowners to store CO2 in their marshes

riparian buffer zones

By Michael J. Coren & Dan Kopf Highlights Houston based nonprofit the Texas Coastal Exchange (TCX) has awarded grants to local landowners with marshlands on their property in order to prevent development on lands that help sequester carbon dioxide Jim Blackburn, the President of TCX, explains that by paying landowners for this service, they may in turn … Read more

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Earth Day 2030: California celebrates reaching net-negative emissions

Golden Gate by Benjamin W.

Let’s imagine it is April 2030. In the early 2020s, as the coronavirus pandemic swept the world, we in California finally addressed the climate crisis at the speed and scale science demanded. Nation & World Collaborating for Speed & Scale Climate Action Today, Earth Day 2030, we celebrate the deep systemic changes we have collectively … Read more

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Most of 11m trees planted in Turkish project ‘may be dead’

Director General from Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Turkey Hanifi Avci and Estonian ambassador Märt Volmer planting trees, found on https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/2454366274/

by Sami Kent, The Guardian Highlights: 90% of the tree saplings planted during November 2019 in the northern Anatolian city of Çorum have died due to an insufficient amount of water  The Turkish ministry revoked the claim by stating more than 95% are healthy and growing, though many critics doubt this claim Mass tree-plantings have … Read more

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Tropical forests losing ability to absorb CO2, study says

by Daisy Dunne, Carbon Brief, January 27, 2020 Highlights Tropical forests are losing their ability to capture carbon dioxide from the air due to deforestation.  The boreal forests found in cool temperature, high mountain ranges are sequestering more CO2 than tropical forests due to the rise of the CO2 Fertilization Effect Roughly 30% of all … Read more

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Op-Ed: Young people are standing up for the climate. We must heed their call for rapid decarbonization.

People's Climate March in 2014 by South Bend Voice

By Efren Carrillo, Board President, and Ellie Cohen, CEO, The Climate Center Published in the North Bay Business Journal, October 7, 2019 Given the science and climate reality, we must do more. California must immediately begin enacting a suite of policies that put us solidly on the path to reversing the climate crisis by 2030. … Read more