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Old 10-25-2017, 01:49 PM   #1
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Default Nature - under-appreciated tool in climate change action

Let's hope that changes as more studies show that the earth can do much of the job, if human actions are geared more toward this recognition. We must curb population growth but even that sooner or later will happen with or without our input.

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Nature is one of the most under-appreciated tools for reigning in carbon
by Emma Bryce | Oct 20, 2017

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The researchers warn against delaying adoption of land management solutions. By providing a glimpse of what’s necessary and possible–however broad and ambitious in scale–they intend for the study to spur on policies, designed at the country-level to protect and restore habitats, and improve farming. Says study author Justin Adams, “Managing our lands better is absolutely key to beating climate change.”
Source: Griscom et. al. “Natural Climate Solutions.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2017.
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/10/11/1710465114

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Most nations recently agreed to hold global average temperature rise to well below 2 C. We examine how much climate mitigation nature can contribute to this goal with a comprehensive analysis of “natural climate solutions” (NCS): 20 conservation, restoration, and/or improved land management actions that increase carbon storage and/or avoid greenhouse gas emissions across global forests, wetlands, grasslands, and agricultural lands. We show that NCS can provide over one-third of the cost-effective climate mitigation needed between now and 2030 to stabilize warming to below 2 C. Alongside aggressive fossil fuel emissions reductions, NCS offer a powerful set of options for nations to deliver on the Paris Climate Agreement while improving soil productivity, cleaning our air and water, and maintaining biodiversity.
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Old 10-25-2017, 09:20 PM   #2
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Very interesting article, Gloria. Thanks for sharing! Converting vast expanses of lawns to native plantings, including trees, seems like a great way to help Earth do her thing, too.
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Old 10-27-2017, 10:15 AM   #3
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Isn't it fascinating that, as with diet and debilitating diseases, diet and global warming is avoided assiduously by environmental organizations like Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and most others. As was portrayed in the documentary "Cowspiracy," these organizations are more concerned with their donation base than with their ultimate mission, which is both paradoxical and sad. Perhaps their major interest isn't in eliminating the problem (which would eliminate them) but with chipping away at elements of environmental degradation that allow them to feel they are accomplishing great things while continuing to make a living at their mission...

"Cowspiracy" is available on Netflix:https://www.netflix.com/search?q=cow...72&jbp=0&jbr=0
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Old 10-05-2018, 10:52 AM   #4
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Great day to plant an oak tree. The air will be cleaner and the wildlife in your neighborhood will bless you with entertainment and beauty. You'll also feel empowered in the fight for the planet!!! Oaks are the number one tree on Doug Tallamy's list of wildlife assisting trees...
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