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.
In our three family-owned forests in the northern Oregon Coast Range, our work is guided by a simple belief: “If we take care of the land—the land will take care of us.” With climate change, we believe that “caring for the land” includes our playing a responsible role in maintaining the climate on which life—and the success of our tiny family business—depends.
How does a city go about becoming carbon neutral? Communities in the Puget Sound are tackling the challenge of significant carbon reduction and looking at whether carbon neutrality is possible.
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. Read more
One of the most important climate change solutions is emerging literally on the ground. The power of plant growth in rich soils to pull carbon from the atmosphere is drawing increased attention as this story, Climate Change SOS: Soil is the Solution, or the most important environmental story I'll ever write, demonstrates. Read more
While cleaning up sites such as capped landfills, abandoned mines, and former industrial properties can be pricey, converting them into renewable energy generating capacity may help make the investment pay back over time.
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. Read more