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Climate Devastation In Sequoia National Park

On National Drive Electric Day (Week), instead of celebrating EV’s like Kyle did in Santa Monica, I drove my SUV* to Sequoia National Forest where I joined over a million visitors to bear witness to the climate devastation our fossil fuel habit has wrought. Having grown up in Northern California, the Redwoods are more my home than the Sequoias. While the forest service and the department of the interior have done a lot to stop the damage to this fragile forest, I fear it may be too late. Looking out over Sequoia Kings Canyon from the Kings Canyon Panoramic Point, it seemed almost as many trees were dead as living.

Land Use Tweaks Can Halve CO2 Emissions Gap

A new report, “Halfway There? What the Land Sector Can Contribute to Closing the Emissions Gap Post-2020,” contributes some very useful measurement schemes that will benefit nations beginning to calculate their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) prior to the critical Paris UN climate change meeting (COP21) this December. These metrics will … [continued]

World’s Carbon Budget To Be Spent In Three Decades

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) has delivered an overwhelming consensus that climate change impacts are accelerating, fueled by human-caused emissions. We may have just about 30 years left until the world’s carbon budget is spent if we want a likely chance of limiting warming to 2 degrees C. Breaching this limit would put the world at increased risk of forest fires, coral bleaching, higher sea level rise, and other dangerous impacts.

UK’s Greenest Building Gets Go Ahead

The Norwich Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia will be the first commercial building in the United Kingdom to receive a Passivhaus and Breeam ‘Outsanding’ rating, and the building’s architects — Architype — have secured planning permission to begin construction. Norwich councillors gave the go ahead for what … [continued]

Mushrooms Could Be Key To Safe And Natural Carbon Sequestration

Mushrooms are one of the most powerful items in the Super Mario video game franchise, providing extra lives and making characters stronger. So wouldn’t it be great if real-life mushrooms could help the fight against climate change?

Fortunately, a new study suggests mushrooms might be a natural key to removing large amounts of carbon dioxide from the air and safely storing it in forests.

The World’s Oldest Carbon Experiment

A few miles outside Washington, D.C. a team of scientists from the Smithsonian Institution are predicting the impact elevated atmospheric carbon levels could have on our world. That’s nothing new, as scientists around the world work on the same problem every day. But what sets their work apart is what they’re studying to make predictions: a Chesapeake Bay salt marsh.

This virtual “climate crystal ball” is the nation’s longest-running experiment to measure CO2 levels, and is predicting what plant life will look like by 2100 if atmospheric CO2 levels continue to rise.