• An open letter to BNSF CEO on coal transport

    by Ross Macfarlane on September 19, 2012

    The following, an excerpt of an open letter to BNSF CEO Matthew Rose, was published in Sustainable Business Oregon. We wanted to thank you for recently visiting the Northwest. We’re sorry that we didn’t have a chance to chat about the subject that brought you to our region: coal export.

  • Little known fact: sea otters are biocarbon Ninjas!

    by Rhys Roth on September 12, 2012

    On a marine wildlife cruise in Alaska recently I got to touch a sea otter pelt–it was so luxuriously soft my knees almost buckled with pleasure. A new study found that these critters are not only super-cuddly, they also play an outsized role in sucking up carbon from the atmosphere and storing it safely away in the sea.

  • Plan to restore 30 miles of habitat along the Rogue River

    by Rhys Roth on August 31, 2012

    Congratulations to the Willamette Partnership, a NBI Innovation Partner, which teamed up with the Freshwater Trust to receive a $1.5 million Conservation Innovation Grant from the US Department of Agriculture.

  • Guest blog: The Northwest is a biocarbon powerhouse

    by Steve Whitney on August 6, 2012

    Lost in the current debate over how best to control greenhouse gas emissions from combustion of fossil fuels is the simple fact that it won’t be enough. Already, concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere exceed 390 parts per million (ppm), some 40 ppm above what many climate scientists consider safe levels.

  • Inspired by the carbon-rich soils of Amazonia

    by Patrick Mazza on May 15, 2012

    Biochar has had an interesting run over the past several years. As with so many other emerging climate solutions, biochar burst into public awareness a few years back with a wave of grassroots enthusiasm.