The False Promise of Mountaintop Industrial Wind Jonathan Carter | Forest Ecology Network The developers of mountaintop industrial wind are touting many promised benefits – from reduced greenhouse gas emissions, decreased dependence on fossil fuels, to a huge economic renaissance. These are all false promises spun to enhance public acceptance. In recent months as I … Continue reading The False Promise of Mountaintop Industrial Wind
The most powerful climate solution: FORESTS
U.S. Forest Resource Facts and Historical Trends August 2014 | Forest Service, FS-1035 Forests in the United States store an estimated 43,126 Tg carbon in live and dead biomass and soil organic matter. Forest ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Lake States have the greatest carbon density, often in excess of 200 megagrams per hectare. Forest Carbon and Biomass Forest ecosystems … Continue reading Forests as a means for storing and reducing carbon.
Part of the Answer to Climate Change May Be America’s Trees and Dirt, Scientists Say Nov. 14, 2018 | Josh Haner | The New York Times [excerpt} WASHINGTON — When people think of potential solutions to global warming, they tend to visualize technologies like solar panels or electric cars. A new study published on Wednesday, however, … Continue reading Trees and Dirt Part of the Climate Solution.
Interesting study on Co2 and carbon payback. - The turbine data for this are much smaller and fewer, but does provide data on the increase in carbon payback time for forested lands. While it does show that there is eventually a payback over the loss 3-4 years instead of 6 months for non- forested lands, … Continue reading CO2 payback time for a wind farm on afforested peatland in the UK
New Study Finds Nature is Vital to Beating Climate Change October 15, 2017 | The Nature Conservancy Nature could cost-effectively deliver over a third of greenhouse gas emissions reductions required to prevent dangerous levels of global warming. This is equivalent to a complete stop to the burning of oil worldwide. Better stewardship of the land could … Continue reading New Study Finds Nature is Vital to Beating Climate Change
Before areas are converted to industrialization in the name of the environment, they should be studied for their current value. Study values Carbon County’s natural assets and open spaces have an estimated value of $800 million. August 06. 2018 | Amy Miller | Times News Online The sun rises over Mauch Chunk Lake, just one of … Continue reading “Nature is obviously serious business”, Study values natural assets and open spaces have an estimated value of $800 million.
Natural Climate Solutions, The Nature Conservancy Climate change is a global problem, and it requires solutions on a global scale. One of those is hiding in plain sight. Our lands provide an untapped opportunity – proven ways of both storing carbon and reducing carbon emissions in the world’s forests, grasslands and wetlands: natural climate solutions. … Continue reading Natural Climate Solutions: Nature’s sleeping giant
A recent study illustrates why humans need to step up their efforts to save the world's forests. FEB 28, 2018 | Morgan Erickson-Davis | Pacific Standard When it comes to habitat quality and ecosystem services, research has shown that natural landscapes do it best. A new study, published recently in Nature, adds fodder to this … Continue reading The Importance of Keeping Forests Intact