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Keeping the Energy Retrofit Dream Alive

by Elizabeth Willmott on April 30, 2013

As the 2013 Affordable Comfort Inc. National Home Performance Conference kicks off in Denver, CO, it is clear that U.S. communities are far from empty-handed when crafting energy efficiency retrofit programs. Spurred in part by the Recovery Act, an army of small and large communities nationwide have worked hard to set up, operate, and sustain energy retrofit programs for both the residential and commercial building owners.

Biocarbon in forest soils: A lot more than meets the eye

by Jana Fischback on April 23, 2013

When you envision a forest, what do you picture? A lot of trees, right? But what you probably don’t picture is what’s under the forest floor: soil. In most forests, the amount of carbon stored in the soil is greater than the amount stored in the trees. But how does it get there?

Building natural carbon: five policy principles

by Patrick Mazza on April 16, 2013

Carbon dioxide levels hit 395 parts per million in 2012, the highest in four or five million years when sea levels were around 80 feet higher and temperatures up to 10° Fahrenheit hotter. If we sustain those CO2 levels, or go higher as we are doing, a completely different world will emerge. 

Memo to the Very Serious People: Resistance isn’t futile and irony can be delicious

by Ross Macfarlane on April 11, 2013

Wyoming's only new coal mine, Kiewit's Haystack Mine in SW Wyoming, halted construction yesterday before shipping any coal. Why should we care about coal mining in Wyoming? Short answer: it is at the heart of the biggest coal mining region in the United States, and by some calculations the world. 

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Harvesting Wind Power

by Bobby Hayden on April 3, 2013

Through a community-wide investment in wind power, a rural county in Oregon is earning millions of dollars to build their economy, cutting carbon and demonstrating that clean energy is both practical and profitable.

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Urban ecosystem services: the promise of green infrastructure

by Steve Whitney on March 27, 2013

Urban green infrastructure is increasingly seen as an effective way to meet regulatory obligations for control of polluted runoff or high stormwater flows, while also generating an array of ecosystem service co-benefits.

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Sweating global warming? Northwest Biocarbon Initiative might just cool you down

by Clark Gilman on March 18, 2013

Why would 220 people come out on a rainy February night to Seattle’s Town Hall to discuss the well-known power of plants to absorb carbon? 

Distribution of blue carbon
Restoring tidal wetlands: pioneering a biocarbon solution at the Snohomish River Delta

by Keeley O'Connell on March 18, 2013

Tidal wetlands provide great potential to sequester and store greenhouse gases. Restore Americas Estuaries and EarthCorps are investigating the carbon sequestration value of tidal wetlands.

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Blue carbon goes big Down Under

by Rhys Roth on March 7, 2013

Australia is launching one of the most ambitious ‘blue carbon’ mapping projects ever.  ‘Blue carbon’ is the capture and storage of carbon pollution from the atmosphere in ocean plants and sediments on the seabed.

Dr. Nalini Nadkarni
Meet the "Queen of the Forest Canopy"

by Rhys Roth on March 6, 2013

Dr. Nadkarni is a forest ecologist, sometimes known as “Queen of the Forest Canopy” for her pioneering work in understanding the ecological dynamics up in the treetops. She is also incredibly creative and committed to fostering public understanding of science and nature.


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