Streamside forests store tons of carbon; restoration doubles carbon storage in first 10 years (new Point Blue publication)

We found average values range from 168 – 390 tons of carbon per acre in the trees alone in riparian areas. We also found that, on average, soil carbon can more than triple when converting from an unforested site to a mature streamside forest. However, it can take 40-90 years for the carbon stored in trees (depending on climate) and more than 115 years for soil carbon. Restoring these forests gave them a head-start: over the first 10 years, they stored carbon in the trees at more than twice the rate of forests that were regenerating naturally.

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Con­ser­va­tion areas help bird­life ad­apt to cli­mate change

By slowing down the harm caused by climate change, conservation areas provide us with a grace period for tackling the causes and consequences of climate change. The findings encourage us to increase the number of conservation areas, which is also what the international goal of protecting 17% of all land area does.

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Antarctic krill are resilient to increasing ocean acidification in the Southern Ocean

This new study found that adult krill are able to survive, grow and mature when exposed for up to one year to ocean acidification levels that can be expected this century in the Southern Ocean.

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Carbon goes with the flow– amounts of dissolved organic carbon leaked from ecosystems annually by flooding is similar to amount taken up annually

Floods readily flush carbon from landscapes in diverse ecosystems across North America, spanning from Michigan forests to the Sonoran Desert. They initially thought the DOC would be diluted by floods in many parts of the U.S. Floods, however, lead to the release of large amounts of dissolved organic carbon from almost all environments in a relatively short time.

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Rising sea levels may build, rather than destroy, coral reef islands

Projected increases in sea level and the magnitude of large wave events could actually lead to the growth of reef islands, but only if the coral reef remains healthy to provide the building material.

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Mangroves can help countries mitigate their carbon emissions: Coastal environments are highly effective at capturing carbon

Coastal vegetation, known as a “blue carbon” ecosystem, can grow fast and has the ability to accumulate organic carbon in the water-saturated soil that surrounds it. Therefore, blue carbon vegetation like mangroves are able to store carbon more efficiently, in a way that other ecosystems such as tropical rainforests are not able to.

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Time for a climate resilient Farm Bill

What if if our agriculture programs rewarded farmers for making us more resilient to these climate shocks?

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Judge Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline, Says Climate Impact Can’t Be Ignored

A federal judge ruled the Trump administration violated a U.S. environment law when it approved the tar sands pipeline permit. TransCanada can’t start construction. The judge’s decision underscored the value of the landmark National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as a tool for environmentalists at a time when the Trump administration is seeking a wholesale reversal

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Yellowstone streams recovering thanks to wolf reintroduction

With improvements in stream channels and to riparian vegetation, beavers are returning to parts of the study area, their dam building adding its own unique set of ecosystem enhancements.

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Paris region to launch world’s biggest fleet of electric bicycles

The Paris region plans to launch a large fleet of electric bicycles in a state-funded scheme aimed at getting commuters to cycle to work and reducing congestion and pollution. by Geert De Clercq  Read full Reuters article here …Unlike Velib bikes, which are rented on an hourly basis and must be docked in roadside stations

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