US could cut emissions more than one-fifth through ‘natural climate solutions’ like reforestation

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Carbon Sequestration, Climate Change, Climate Change And Conservation, Climate Change And Forests, Climate Change Policy, Environment, Forest Carbon, Global Warming, Global Warming Mitigation, Grasslands, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Land Use Change, Reforestation, Research, Soil Carbon, Sustainable Forest Management, Wetlands center_img A new study looks at the natural solutions that could help the US do its part to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (approximately 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the goal adopted by the 195 countries who signed the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2015.Researchers analyzed 21 natural climate solutions and found that all of them combined could reduce global warming emissions by an amount equivalent to about 21 percent of US net emissions in 2016.Of the 21 natural solutions the researchers studied, increased reforestation efforts had the largest carbon storage potential, equivalent to keeping 65 million passenger cars off the road. More than one-fifth of current greenhouse gas emissions in the United States could be kept out of the atmosphere and stored in the land, according to new research.A study led by Joseph E. Fargione, director of science at The Nature Conservancy, looks at the natural solutions that could help the US do its part to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (approximately 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the goal adopted by the 195 countries who signed the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2015.Fargione and team examined 21 natural climate solutions that increase carbon storage and help avoid the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, including conservation and restoration initiatives as well as improved management of forests, grasslands, farmlands, and wetlands. According to a study published in the journal Science Advances last week detailing their findings, the researchers’ analysis reveals that all of these natural climate strategies combined could reduce global warming emissions by an amount equivalent to about 21 percent of US net emissions in 2016.“We found a maximum potential of 1.2 (0.9 to 1.6) Pg CO2e year−1 [petagrams of CO2 equivalent per year], the equivalent of 21% of current net annual emissions of the United States,” the researchers write in the study. “NCS would also provide air and water filtration, flood control, soil health, wildlife habitat, and climate resilience benefits.”The majority — some 63 percent — of the climate mitigation potential of natural solutions in the US is due to increased carbon sequestration in plant biomass, with 29 percent coming from increased carbon sequestration in soil and 7 percent from avoided emissions of methane and Nitrous oxide. Of the 21 natural solutions the researchers analyzed, increased reforestation efforts had the largest carbon storage potential, equivalent to keeping 65 million passenger cars off the road.Climate mitigation potential of 21 NCS in the United States. Credit: Fargione et al. (2018). doi:10.1126/sciadv.aat1869“Reforestation has the single largest maximum mitigation potential (307 Tg CO2e year−1 [teragrams of CO2 equivalent per year]),” the researchers write. “The majority of this potential occurs in the northeast (35%) and south central (31%) areas of the United States. This mitigation potential increases to 381 Tg CO2e year−1 if all pastures in historically forested areas are reforested.”Forests provide a number of other solutions with great potential, such as increasing carbon storage by allowing longer periods between timber harvests and reducing the risk of mega-fire through controlled burns and thinning of forests, the researchers found.“One of America’s greatest assets is its land. Through changes in management, along with protecting and restoring natural lands, we demonstrated we could reduce carbon pollution and filter water, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, and have better soil health to grow our food — all at the same time,” Fargione said in a statement. “Nature offers us a simple, cost-effective way to help fight global warming.”Fargione and his co-authors note that close to a million acres of forest in the US are converted to non-forest every year, mostly as a result of suburban and exurban expansion and development, but that this source of greenhouse gas emissions could be addressed with better land use planning.“Clearing of forests with conversion to other land uses releases their carbon to the atmosphere, and this contributes to rising temperatures,” said co-author Christopher A. Williams, an environmental scientist and associate professor at Clark University in Massachusetts. “Land owners and land managers are thinking about how they might use their land base to slow the pace of climate change, but until now they lacked the data needed to assess this potential.”Williams added: “We estimated how much forest is being lost each year across the U.S., and the amount of carbon that releases to the atmosphere. Turning these trends around can take a dent out of global warming, and now we know how much and where the potential is greatest.”The researchers also estimated the emissions reductions that could be accomplished for $10, $50, and $100 per megagram of CO2 equivalent, and found that 25 percent, 76 percent, and 91 percent, respectively, of the maximum mitigation could be achieved at those prices. This is a key finding, they say, because “a price of at least USD 100 is thought to be needed to keep the 100-year average temperature from warming more than 2.5°C, and an even higher price may be needed to meet the Paris Agreement <2°C target.”US President Donald Trump has said he plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, but the earliest any country can do so is 2020. The US’ Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement calls for the country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. Reaching that goal will require the US to drastically scale back the burning of fossil fuels, but this new study shows that NCS will also have a crucial role to play.“Reducing carbon-intensive energy consumption is necessary but insufficient to meet the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement,” the researchers write. “Comprehensive mitigation efforts that include fossil fuel emission reductions coupled with NCS hold promise for keeping warming below 2°C.”Forest in Borderland State Park, Massachusetts. 35 percent of the climate mitigation potential of reforestation in the United States occurs in northeastern forests. Photo via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC0.CITATION• Fargione, J. E., Bassett, S., Boucher, T., Bridgham, S. D., Conant, R. T., Cook-Patton, S. C., … & Gu, H. (2018). Natural climate solutions for the United States. Science Advances, 4(11), eaat1869. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aat1869last_img read more

Verstappen celebrates ‘incredible’ maiden pole

first_imgThe 21-year-old Dutchman’s first pole came at his 94th Grand Prix and after he has won seven.Verstappen’s success sparked rowdy celebrations among his large following of Dutch fans in the open grandstands after he had out-paced the two Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in a breathless finish.Verstappen’s best lap in one minute and 14.572 seconds was just 0.018 beyond the reach of Bottas with Hamilton a close third – ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel.Pierre Gasly was sixth in the second Red Bull ahead of British rookie Lando Norris and his resurgent McLaren team-mate Carlos Sainz with Kimi Raikkonen ninth for Alfa Romeo ahead of Romain Grosjean.“It’s incredible,” said Verstappen.“I am very happy! There’s still a race to do and at the end of the day, it is the most important, but it’s very nice and it is great for all the team.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sparks fly – Max Verstappen en route to his first pole © AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVICHungaroring, Hungary, Aug 3 – Max Verstappen celebrated his long-awaited maiden pole position with record-breaking speed on Saturday when he topped the times for Red Bull in a tense and closely-fought qualifying session at the Hungarian Grand Prix.In doing so, he became the 100th different pole sitter in Formula One, doing so at the same Hungaroring track where his father Jos had claimed his first podium for Benetton 25 years earlier in 1994.last_img read more

Kin Club hosting 34th annual Seniors Dinner at Taylor Hall

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The setting of tables and cooking of turkeys is almost complete as the Kin Club of Fort St. John gets ready to host their biggest event of the year tonight.The Kin Club’s 34th Annual Seniors Dinner is taking place at the Taylor Community Hall tonight. The dinner is being held with support from Save-On-Foods, and will feed 230 seniors at the dinner tonight. Kin Club President Colin Budd says that volunteers have been busy since 7:00 this morning preparing the dinner. There will be eight trays of ham, eight trays of turkey, 250 lbs. of potatoes, 120 cups of gravy, along with countless numbers of cabbages, carrots, and other vegetables.In addition to the contribution from Save-On, Progress Energy also donated money to decorate the hall, while Canadian Tire and Dunvegan Gardens provided an ornamented Christmas Tree.- Advertisement -The dinner is set to begin at 5:30 this evening at the Taylor Hall, and will feature singing from Fort St. John councillor Bruce Christiansen and his daughter, as well as a presentation by the Move dance company.last_img read more

NASA: Warming will cause more severe storms in U.S.

first_imgBy Seth Borenstein THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – As the world warms, the United States will face more severe thunderstorms with deadly lightning, damaging hail and the potential for tornadoes, a study by NASA scientists suggests. While other research has warned of broad weather changes on a large scale, like more extreme hurricanes and droughts, the new study predicts even smaller events like thunderstorms will be more dangerous because of global warming. A unique combination of geography and weather patterns already makes the United States the world’s hottest spot for tornadoes and severe storms in spring and summer. The large land mass that warms on hot days, the contours of the atmosphere’s jet stream, the wind coming off the Rocky Mountains and warm moist air coming up from the Gulf of Mexico all combine. Other pending and recent research, especially from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, point in the same general direction, said several scientists who weren’t involved in Del Genio’s study. But they said research in this area is so new that the NASA study is not the final word. Jerry Mahlman, who used to be NOAA’s top climate model expert, said that a decade ago then-Vice President Al Gore asked if global warming could cause more tornadoes. Then as now, Mahlman said that’s something that’s just too detailed to derive. Mahlman, a scientist who has long warned about the dire consequences of global warming, cautions against going overboard on climate change links: “I’m beginning to suspect that global warming is dynamically much less sexy than people want it to be.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The basic ingredients for whopper U.S. inland storms are likely to be more plentiful in a warmer, moister world, said lead author Tony Del Genio, a NASA research scientist. And when that happens, watch out. “The strongest thunderstorms, the strongest severe storms and tornadoes are likely to happen more often and be stronger,” Del Genio said in an interview Thursday from his office at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. The paper he co-authored was published online this month in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Other scientists caution that this area of climate research is too difficult and new for this study to be definitive. But some upcoming studies also point in the same direction. With a computer model, Del Genio explores an area that most climate scientists have avoided. Simple thunderstorms are too small for their massive models of the world’s climate. So Del Genio looked at the forces that combine to make thunderstorms. last_img read more

Liverpool transfer target has NOT asked for Anfield move, insists Inter boss

first_img Andrea Ranocchia 1 Liverpool target Andrea Ranocchia has yet to hand in a transfer request at Inter Milan, according to manager Roberto Mancini.The former Inter skipper has struggled to force his way into Mancini’s plans this season, making just 10 Serie A appearances.Liverpool are are on the lookout for a defender and have been heavily linked with the 27-year-old since Jurgen Klopp took over in October.The Reds have apparently made contact with Inter over Ranocchia’s availability but Mancini insists there has been no hints from the player that he is angling for a move.“No player has come to me and asked for a transfer, including Ranocchia,” he told Sky Italia.last_img read more

Residents win $553.9 million in nuclear weapons plant suit

first_imgDENVER – A federal jury on Tuesday awarded $553.9 million to property owners who live downwind of the closed Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, rejecting long-held government arguments that there was no risk from plutonium contamination. The verdict was the culmination of a 16-year mission by property owners and activists who believe the federal government has hidden behind a veil of national security to avoid taking responsibility for pollution from the Cold War era factory. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit, the largest environmental class action in Colorado history, reacted with joy and tears as the judge read the 30-page verdict form in U.S. District Court in Denver. “I’m just grateful that justice has been served,” said Sally Bartlett, one of the named plaintiffs in the action. “This was a concern for the whole community.” Erin Hamby, a member of the Rocky Flats Citizens Advisory Board who has frequently criticized the plant’s $7 billion cleanup, said the public airing of the misdeeds at the plant has a value beyond the compensation awarded to property owners. “I think one of the extremely important things to come out of this trial was a better telling of the Rocky Flats story,” she said. “So much of its history was hidden away, literally locked inside a storage room. Now, we know a lot more about the plant’s operational history.” Dow and Rockwell have contended that while their workers were involved in the inherently dangerous mission of manufacturing nuclear weapons at the plant located 16 miles northwest of Denver, their precautions were effective and nearby residents did not suffer because of their conduct. The jury found that accidents and mishaps caused by Dow and Rockwell’s operation of the plant caused plutonium to “trespass” on neighbors’ properties. And they found the companies caused a “nuisance” by unreasonably interfering with the use and enjoyment of their properties. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The jury’s verdict against Dow Chemical and Rockwell International is intended to compensate the owners of 12,000 properties in the class area for decreased property values due to plutonium contamination and to punish the plant operators. However, any damages that eventually are paid will come out of federal coffers since the government indemnified the contractors. The government also is paying the companies’ legal fees, which tally more than $58 million, according to David Bernick, a lawyer representing Dow and Rockwell. Bernick took issue with the verdict form and the instructions given to the jury, saying they were “one-sided” and encouraged a plaintiff’s verdict. “It’s apparent from the verdict itself that justice has been lost,” Bernick said. Lawyers for the plaintiffs praised the diligence of jurors who deliberated for 17 days in the trial, which started Oct. 3. Louise Roselle, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said once Senior U.S. District Judge John Kane takes case law and damage caps into account, the verdict likely would be reduced to $352 million. She said she expected appeals in the case to last for years. last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur confirm Fernando Llorente signing

first_img1 Tottenham Hotspur have signed Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente, the club have confirmed.It had looked like Chelsea would move to sign the Spanish forward, who scored 15 Premier League goals last-term but, in the end, Spurs swooped at the last minute and pipped them to the post.The fee for Llorente, 32, is undisclosed but believed to be in the region of £15million, allowing the Jacks to re-sign Wilfried Bony from Manchester City.Tottenham supporters will be no stranger to Llorente with the north London club linked with moves for the player in previous transfer windows.Spurs had earlier landed £23million Ivorian defender Serge Aurier from Paris St Germain on a five-year deal.Llorente told the club website: “I’m very, very happy to join Tottenham, an amazing club.“I can only say that I have come here to help Tottenham to win titles. I am 32 but I think I can learn a lot from Harry Kane and the other players.” Fernando Llorente in action for Swansea City last_img read more

Get this imbalance sorted and Liverpool will be on the way to winning trophies

first_imgIt is to be expected that the Reds are better on home turf, yet 14 fewer points and three times the number of defeats away from L4 is an area for Klopp to focus on.If the German can narrow the performance gap between home and away, he will be well on the way to seeing Liverpool become serious silverware challengers again.REVEALED: LIVERPOOL ONLY SIGN WORLD CLASS TALENT WHEN THIS HAPPENS 2 2 Jurgen Klopp has been the Liverpool manager since 2015 Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have a pretty impressive Premier League home record and have lost just four times since he became manager in October 2015.This season they are yet to lose at home, and in an overall total of 40 league matches at Anfield under Klopp, boast a goal difference of plus 50.But away from home there is certainly room for improvement, with 12 defeats and a goal difference of just plus eight.last_img read more

Jackson County Library Hosts Bob Plott and his Hounds

first_imgOn Thursday, August 23rd at 6:30pm in the Community Room, the Jackson County Public Library  will welcome Bob Plott. Plott is an award-winning North Carolina native who has published several books on hunting and the premier big game hunting dog breed in America – the Plott Hound. He will also be bringing several of his family’s Plott Hounds and telling the amazing and fascinating story of his family and the hounds that bear their name. This program is free of charge.This fascinating story of the Plott family and the Plott hound is a classic American tale of adventure with roots deeply entrenched in North Carolina soil and American history and culture. And it is a story that award winning author and historian Bob Plott, the great-great-great grandson of Johannes George Plott, is uniquely qualified to tell. This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.For more information, please call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 586-2016. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (www.fontanalib.org).last_img read more

Shop Disney Parks App to Be Retired

first_imgShare This!Well, it was great while it lasted. The Shop Disney Parks app will be retired on May 31. In its place, Guests will still be able to buy merchandise on shopDisney. Disney claims that all the same great merchandise that was found in the Shop Disney Parks app, and more will be available on shopDisney.You can now download the shopDisney app, which is available in the App Store and Google Play store or shop by visiting shopDisney.com. Here, you will now be able to discover an even larger selection of favorite items and beloved keepsakes from Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and more.At Walt Disney World, the My Disney Experience app will continue offering shopping features Guests have come to love such as the product availability map or the ability to ship select merchandise to home (only for those located in the United States) when you order through the app. In addition, if shopping through the My Disney Experience app, Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members will also continue to receive eligible discounts.For those looking for specific items from the Disney theme parks, they’ll want to click on the “Parks” button at the top of the page. (Highlighted in yellow, by yours truly.) So, who else is ready to go shopping! (My wallet is scared.)last_img read more