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Park carbon dioxide under our feet with a biocarbon approach

By David Montgomery and Maurice Robinette
The Seattle Times

Momentum driving biocarbon solutions is growing, in large part because these approaches save money as well as store carbon. While biocarbon alone won’t solve the climate problem, it provides local and regional policymakers an opportunity to promote economically sensible, win-win climate solutions for agriculture, natural resources and city planning.

Park carbon dioxide under our feet with a biocarbon approach

David Montgomery and Maurice Robinette

 

It is no secret that the most straightforward, though politically fraught, climate solution is to stop pumping CO2 into the atmosphere. More than ever, we need substantive efforts to cut carbon emissions and phase out fossil-fuel burning on a regional, national and global scale.

But there is another side to the global carbon equation — taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Often called the “second climate solution,” biocarbon policies encourage practices that absorb CO2 and store it in farms, forests, cities and wetlands, thereby helping reduce the atmospheric overload. Like clean energy, biocarbon represents a framework through which carbon reduction can be both profitable and beneficial for people and the planet.

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