2017 NOAA Study Recommended Fewer Controlled Burns, Because Climate Change

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to the study authors, frequent controlled burns reduce the ability of some forests to sequester CO2. More frequent fires reduce soil carbon and fertility, slowing the regrowth of plantsLong-term effects of repeated fires on soils found to have significant impacts on carbon storage not previously considered in global greenhouse…

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Group of orange fungi photographed at the King's Landing Historical Settlement in Prince William, New Brunswick, Canada.

Plants and fungi together could slow climate change

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis A new global assessment shows that human impacts have greatly reduced plant-fungus symbioses, which play a key role in sequestering carbon in soils. Restoring these ecosystems could be one strategy to slow climate change. Human-induced transformations of Earth’s ecosystems have strongly affected distribution patterns of plant-fungus symbioses known as…

Stanford study casts doubt on carbon capture

Stanford University One proposed method for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere – and reducing the risk of climate change – is to capture carbon from the air or prevent it from getting there in the first place. However, research from Mark Z. Jacobson at Stanford University, published in Energy and Environmental Science,…

Clay minerals call the shots with carbon

Rivers discharge a constant supply of sediment into the world’s oceans. This sediment is largely composed of various clay minerals – the products of rock weathering – and organic compounds of plant origin that have decomposed in soils. These two components end up in rivers as a result of erosion. On its way to the…

New research puts Australia at forefront of blue carbon economy

In world-first research, Edith Cowan University researchers and an international team of collaborators have accurately quantified the amount of greenhouse gasses — or ‘blue carbon’ — being absorbed and emitted by Australian marine ecosystems Edith Cowan University In world-first research, Edith Cowan University researchers and an international team of collaborators have accurately quantified the amount…

NOT a Game Changer

By Rud Istvan ctm asked what I thought about the 7/31/2019 Forbes article by James Conca headed, “Net Zero Natural Gas Plant Game Changer.” My quick answer after reading the piece was, not much. He asked me to write up a WUWT guest post. I decided to research it rather than rely on Forbes; turns…

The Case for Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS)

Guest “picking a fight with both sides” by David Middleton JUL 15, 2019EPA Drilling Regulations Remain Underrated Obstacle to Solving Global Warming William MurrayManager, Energy Meeting the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming will be impossible unless the United States leads the way. […] What remains is CCS technology, which the…