A catastrophic climate feedback loop long feared by scientists is happening

December 1, 2016 by  
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For years environmental scientists have warned of a catastrophic climate “feedback loop” that could pump a massive underground repository of carbon and methane into the atmosphere, significantly worsening climate change. A new study published this week confirms that fear is finally coming to pass. Rising temperatures are causing microorganisms in the soil to breathe more quickly, which releases an increased amount of carbon dioxide or methane into the atmosphere. Global warming has become so serious that greenhouse gasses are simply rising out of the ground beneath our feet worldwide. Most people don’t realize that the planet’s soil is packed with a dense network of trapped carbon, created by plants and roots that have been buried over the eons. These plants pull in carbon from the air to use as fuel, and when they die, the carbon remains within the soil. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be a problem: it serves as a natural carbon sink which helps regulate the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Related: Plants are keeping atmospheric carbon levels stable, but it won’t last forever Unfortunately, rising temperatures affect microorganisms living in the soil, naturally increasing their rate of respiration – and thus the rate at which greenhouse gasses are released. The worst part is that this is not a small, insignificant amount of carbon. It’s expected that by the year 2050, this natural process could release an additional 55 billion tons of carbon into the air. The authors of the new study describe that as the same impact as “having an extra US on the planet.” This means that we now face a much shorter timeline to cut human greenhouse gas emissions – and that, despite our best efforts, we may not actually be able to limit global temperature rise within bounds that would limit the worst effects. If we exceed less than 1,000 billion tons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, global temperatures could blow past 2 degrees Celsius , shattering the widely-held target of most climate scientists and environmental organizations. Related: Study Warns Methane from Melting Arctic Permafrost is ‘Certain to Trigger Additional Warming’ Unless strong action is taken immediately to limit emissions from all human sources, we could very easily exceed our planetary “carbon budget.” This study shows that it’s now more important than ever to put pressure on corporations and politicians to limit their emissions immediately. Via The Washington Post Images via Pixabay ( 1 , 2 )

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Unleashing trees in the battle against climate change

November 22, 2016 by  
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Did you know that wood construction materials can act as a carbon sink?

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The 10 most sustainable coffee businesses in the United States

November 22, 2016 by  
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Peet’s rates the roasters giving the coffee industry a caffeine kick in combatting climate change.

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Researchers just discovered a massive body of water under China’s biggest desert

September 16, 2015 by  
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The Tarim basin in Xinjiang, China is a valley the size of Venezuela; bigger than California, New Mexico and Florida put together. On the surface it is home to Taklimakan, China’s biggest desert, but deep beneath lies a hidden ‘ocean’ that is thought to contain up to ten times more water than all the Great Lakes combined, storing more carbon than all the plants on the planet put together. While more water may sound like a good thing, researchers believe that if this carbon were to escape into the atmosphere, we would be in serious, serious trouble. Read the rest of Researchers just discovered a massive body of water under China’s biggest desert

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Skilpod micro houses are zero or plus energy homes you can rent in Belgium

September 16, 2015 by  
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Researchers discover massive new carbon sink that stores GHG emissions

July 29, 2015 by  
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A new study suggests that an unlikely source is holding on to more carbon than all the plants on land: massive aquifers under the world’s deserts . This kind of “carbon sink” is a phenomenon researchers have been aware of for some time, but new data reveals how much carbon might be captured in the desert, and the report’s authors suggest that this information can help determine the amount of fossil fuels humans can burn before exceeding the planet’s capacity. Read the rest of Researchers discover massive new carbon sink that stores GHG emissions

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INFOGRAPHIC: How America’s Forests can Help to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

June 4, 2014 by  
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The EPA recently released their proposed greenhouse gas performance standards for existing power plants, but these standards will require substantial time and investment to implement fully. Supporting and engaging our nation’s forests in climate mitigation, whether through this rule-making process or in other administrative actions, provides immediate, low hanging fruit for the U.S. to promptly reduce our carbon footprint. Check out the full infographic about the role that forests play in this process after the break! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How America’s Forests can Help to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: America Forest , America Forest Foundation , carbon , carbon emissions , carbon footprint , carbon sink , forest , forestry , forests , infographic , Sustainable , Wood , wood materials

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Bangladesh’s Plans for Massive Coal-Fired Power Plant Threaten World’s Largest Mangrove Forest

November 4, 2013 by  
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Bangladesh is planning to construct a massive coal-fired power plant that will not only spell out disaster for the world’s largest mangrove forest, but also destroy one of the country’s best defenses against climate change. The plant, which will be located less than ten miles downstream from the Sundarbans mangrove forest, poses a significant risk to the UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the largest reserves for the endangered Bengal tiger. Read the rest of Bangladesh’s Plans for Massive Coal-Fired Power Plant Threaten World’s Largest Mangrove Forest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , bengal tiger , carbon sequestration , carbon sink , Climate Change , coal fired power plant , coal plant , energy creation , liquid waste , mangrove forest , rampal power plant , sundarbans , UNESCO        

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Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

August 27, 2013 by  
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Image via Shutterstock A new pilot plant recently launched in Australia aims to combat global warming by converting carbon dioxide into bricks. The culmination of over six years’ effort by The University of Newcastle , the chemical company Orica , and GreenMag Group,  the groundbreaking new facility could close carbon loops and divert the greenhouse gas from the atmosphere. Read the rest of Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , bricks , carbon capture , carbon dioxide , carbon sequestration , carbon sink , Climate Change , CO2 , construction material , global warming , greenmag group , ian smith , mci , mineral carbonation international , orica , power plants , rocks , street pavement , the university of newcastle        

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West African Forests Capture More Carbon Despite Drought

August 27, 2012 by  
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A research project headed by a joint team of UK and Ghanaian scientists has led to the discovery that the carbon storage capacity of protected forests in West Africa has increased , despite the region suffering from a 40-year drought. University of Leeds professor Dr. Sophie Faust , who co-authored the paper, said that the initial aim of the project was to capitalize on the unique dataset available from Ghanaian forests in order to investigate potential global threats to the carbon sink stored in tropical forests. Read the rest of West African Forests Capture More Carbon Despite Drought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon sink , carbon storage capture , Drought , ecology letters , ghana rainforest , rainfall , sophie faust , tropical forest , university of leeds , West Africa

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