In the wake of the landmark United Nations 1.5 degrees report, a new study shows that efforts to improve land use at a US state level could deliver major results to mitigate climate change. The study shows how the United States’ forests, grasslands and coastal wetlands could play a much bigger role in reducing global warming than previously thought.
Project 195: Building a global movement in support of natural climate solutions
We would love to have all 195 signatory countries of the Paris Climate Agreement on board with natural climate solutions. How do you build a movement in support of natural climate solutions beyond the climate bubble and highlight that natural climate solutions are in danger of becoming the “Forgotten Solution” to climate change? One way was to enlist the help of 195 handpicked global ambassadors to highlight the importance of nature as a response to climate change.
Where communities and crabs work for Mangroves
If there is a last line of defense against climate change, it may well lie in the mangrove trees that cling to coastlines throughout the tropics. Locked in the mud of these unique tidal forests is thousands of years’ worth of accumulated carbon. Clear the mangroves — as humanity has been doing ever faster in recent years — and that carbon is slowly released into the atmosphere, where it accelerates global warming.
What have mangroves ever done for the climate?
Mangrove forests, due to their rich soils are one of our most effective systems to absorb and store carbon. In fact, they can store three to four times more carbon on an area basis than most terrestrial forests. Not only that, they will store soil carbon for centuries to millennia.