With a better understanding of the climate benefits of cities, we can properly manage and invest in their resources.
For over a decade, scientists have argued that mycorrhizal fungi should be included in models of global carbon cycling, but they have struggled with exactly how to incorporate below-ground microbial processes into vegetation and carbon models. Scientists have historically referred to the processes occurring within the soil as a “black box.”
Whether you are a climate scientist or not, it’s interesting that global temperatures rose so quickly from 1970 to 2000, yet haven’t changed for the past 15 years. If all these nasty greenhouse gases are on the rise, why isn’t temperature also increasing?
On May 13, the Washington State legislature started its thirty-day special session, an addition to the 105 day “regular” session that ended last month. Unable to pass a budget during the regular session, the legislators are back at it after taking a couple of weeks to meet with constituents in their home districts. Let’s take a look at some of the key budget issues that Climate Solutions is following:
We’ve got to get busy on biocarbon, the second climate solution, globally restoring nature’s capacity to absorb CO2 from the air and store it in living soils, plants and trees.
Our successes over the past year and over the past 15 years demonstrate that our region has the political clout, the economic power, and the technical expertise to achieve our goals.
On Monday, May 13, guests from all over the Northwest and the country helped us exceed our fundraising goal. This generosity will help us continue to build a clean energy economy where the environment is protected and economic prosperity is available to all.
I love flying. I’ve recently spent some time flying back and forth to the East Coast. We’re all familiar with that trip. A long flight across the country to an Eastern hub and then up or down the coast to your final destination.
On Earth Day 2013, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee declared, “First we had the canary in the coal mine. Now we have the oyster in the ocean for climate change.” The governor is right to issue this clarion call: unless we change business as usual, we might not be able to enjoy one of life’s greatest pleasures – fresh oysters on the half shell.
Allan Savory claims in his recent TED talk, which has garnered over 1 million views, that increasing livestock herds on arid grasslands and managing them to better mimic nature’s wild grazing herds can have an enormous climate benefit.
The 75th Secretary of the Navy is not central casting’s vision of an energy revolutionary. But maybe that’s what makes Ray Mabus such a stirring and effective advocate for clean energy.
There was a certain artistry and synergy in the sequence of the three places that were calling me that I couldn’t help but think of my day as a triptych, the 3-paneled format often used in photography, stringing together separate images that are variants on a theme.
Often described as “soil superglue,” this protein helps bind soil particles together in aggregates, the structures that protect organic matter, hold moisture, and improve soil tilth. The presence of glomalin is also an indicator of a vibrant and vital underground ecosystem.
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.
Knowing exactly how carbon is stored in forests can help inform decisions by those tasked with forest management in terms of climate change.
I’ve always said I can’t be a hippie because I can’t grow my hair that long. Yet Earth Day 2013 is a special one for our company.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood have extended an agreement for their agencies to work together toward generating one billion gallons of renewable aviation fuels by 2018.
"This project is a great example of Oregon's leadership in applying cleantech innovation to water technologies," said David Kenney, President and Executive Director of Oregon BEST. "As clean water becomes more of an issue, companies like Puralytics will play a greater role, so we're pleased our Commercialization Program is helping this company develop a new product that has such potential."
The biocarbon imperative to begin drawing down CO2 from the atmosphere calls for efforts that will take decades. What is most important is to begin taking the steps that can be accomplished now.
On June 10, we will host the first Northwest Biocarbon Summit, a special opportunity to connect, collaborate, learn from each other, and hatch plans to help build the Northwest into a leading laboratory and incubator of biocarbon solutions.