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Master Gardeners: Making a Difference in Climate Change

There are two ways to reduce the environmental damage done by fossil fuels. The most common way is to reduce the use of fossil fuels — by driving a hybrid or electric car, for example, or using solar or wind power. The second way, carbon sequestration, involves pulling carbon out of the air and storing it in the ground.

NASA Langley Scientist Touts Biochar: An ‘Environmental Superstar’

Over many centuries, primitive peoples plowed biochar into farm fields, turning poor soil into rich cropland. Now, it could help reverse global warming. That’s because an added benefit of carbon-packed biochar is that, by plowing it into farm fields, it removes the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide indefinitely from the carbon cycle.

Climate Scientists Unlock Secrets of ‘Blue Carbon’

Tidal wetlands come in many forms, but they could be more alike below the surface than anyone realized. Whether it’s a mangrove forest in Florida, a freshwater swamp in Virginia or a saltwater marsh in Oregon, the amount of carbon locked in a soil sample from each of these coastal ecosystems is roughly the same. That’s the surprising message from a new analysis of some 1,900 soil cores collected around the United States during the past few decades.

Responding To Climate Change Through Community Involvement

Adaptation of climate resilient practices is very crucial. It allowed communities to start getting direct benefits. There is an urgent need to scale up pilot projects at a mass level to have wider impact on the environment. These interventions have been proved successful by the acceptance of the society and can be replicated on mass scale.

Framework Agreement on Climate Change Reached at COP23 Climate Negotiations

For the first time in the 25-year history of international climate negotiations, the 197 member countries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have reached an agreement on agriculture. The milestone came near the close of the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) of the UNFCCC and formally establishes a process called the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture.

Fire Ecology’s Lessons for a More Resilient Future

There is no silver lining to a fire like those that struck Sonoma and Napa counties in October, or the still-burning Thomas Fire in Southern California. But for people like Willie and Erik Ohlsen, the North Bay fires are a wake-up call, a chance to proactively address the way the plants and animals of Northern California have co-evolved with fire—and to rebuild these communities with fire in mind.

Meet Ken Greene: A Book Worm With a Green Thumb…and a Passion for Seed Preservation

Ken Greene began offering seeds for loan at the Gardiner library. Patrons could choose heirloom and organic seeds to grow at home, and at the end of the season, they saved seeds and returned some to the library. “That’s how libraries work,” he says. “You bring back the story, the information, whatever you took out, to share with the community. In this case, it was seeds.”