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Biochar: a new weapon in the war against greenhouse gases

by Climate Trust on November 9, 2013

A new methodology enables emission reductions from biochar in the U.S., developed jointly by The Climate Trust in partnership with the International Biochar Initiative, Prasino Group, and Carbon Consulting.

Quinault Trail - Olympic National Forest
Biocarbon holding down global heating

by Patrick Mazza on November 6, 2013

If the Earth’s vegetation were not absorbing tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the climate would be much hotter and have already crossed highly dangerous thresholds.

It's Really about Cities

by Elizabeth Willmott on November 5, 2013

While the West Coast climate pact announced by Governors Inslee, Kitzhaber, and Brown and British Columbia Premier Clark on October 28 focused on state policy, it has everything to do with cities.

Homegrown energy and jobs through strong climate policy: lessons from our neighbors

by Ben Serrurier on October 13, 2013

This is Part 3 of a series on the Climate Workgroup in Washington. View Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 4.

Seattle's New Energy Code Breaks the Mold

by Elizabeth Willmott on October 9, 2013

The City of Seattle took a crucial step toward its long-term goal of carbon neutrality when it enacted a new Commercial Energy Code, for both new construction and major changes to existing buildings, on September 16, 2013.

Going bigger on climate action in Washington

by Ben Serrurier on October 1, 2013

This is Part 2 of a series on the Climate Workgroup in Washington. View Part 1 - Part 3 - Part 4.

A mother and her cubs at Anan Creek in Tongass National Forest
Why forests need to be enlisted in climate change actions

by Dominick DellaSala on September 27, 2013

Since forests absorb and store vast amounts of carbon, protecting forests, especially old growth forests like those in the Pacific Northwest, should be a key component of any plan to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Helvetia, Oregon
Digging deep to uncover biocarbon’s advantages for farmers

by Patrick Mazza on September 16, 2013

Soaking carbon from the atmosphere into farm soils is a widely advocated climate solution. A new Australian study kicks dirt all over the idea. But digging in a little deeper uncovers a more favorable picture.

The end is nigh for Northwest coal export

by Ross Macfarlane on September 12, 2013

The starkest warnings about the coming apocalypse are coming not from long-haired hippies, but from Wall Street bankers in three-piece suits. This is not another screed from an environmental fanatic predicting the end of the world; this is a discussion about the collapse of the business case for investments in coal export infrastructure.The starkest warnings about the coming apocalypse are coming not from long-haired hippies, but from Wall Street bankers in three-piece suits. This is not another screed from an environmental fanatic predicting the end of the world; this is a discussion about…

A quiet revolution under our feet

by Eileen V. Quigley on September 11, 2013

It’s happening in our urban and rural forests, in and around our buildings and streets, on our farmland, and in the seagrass meadows, salt marshes and mangroves along our coasts. Done right, it just might stem the tide of runaway climate change.

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