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Coverage of carbon sequestration since August 1, 2023.

Forestry is key to growing a resilient bioeconomy in B.C.

"...More deeply integrating the bioeconomy with forestry is a key strategy for conservation, fire resilience and sustainable land management. By carefully managing forests, extracting value from every part of a tree, using wood residues and waste for value-added manufacturing and energy, while replanting trees, it's possible for B. C..."

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Agriculture carbon footprint study shows the sustainability of Sask. crops Globalnews.ca

"...“These impressive results are driven by the widespread adoption in Saskatchewan of agricultural innovations and sustainable farming practices that have significantly reduced the amount of inputs and emissions needed to farm each acre of land,” said Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) chief executive officer Steve Webb. “The sustainable practices include reduced tillage, the adoption of herbicide-tolerant canola, the variable-rate application of fertilizer, a robust crop rotation system, and the production of nitrogen-fixing pulse crops. ”..."

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Preserving grasslands is good for the planet, ranchers say and they want to be paid Globalnews.ca

"...“We're still seeing them being lost, and we really believe that these grasslands are one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world and we need to try to keep what's remaining. ”Grasslands are home to hundreds of species of birds, wildlife and insects. They also reduce erosion and flooding and promote pollination by providing habitats for bees..."

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Controversy brewing over possible solar project proposal in East Kootenay Globalnews.ca

"...The Vancouver-based Enterprise Renewables wants to explore just under 5o square kilometres of land north of Cranbrook for the potential environmental impact of a solar facility. It's currently seeking an investigative license to do so, and receiving a flurry of concerns during the public feedback period associated with that. The BC Wildlife Federation is concerned the exploration could affect the winter habits of elk and deer, as well as species like the Lewis' woodpecker and long-billed curlew, which rely on the land for food and nesting..."

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IEA report warns oil and gas companies against banking on carbon capture Globalnews.ca

"...In a report released Thursday, the Paris-based IEA said oil and gas companies need to start “letting go of the illusion” that “implausibly large” amounts of carbon capture are the solution to the global climate crisis. Carbon capture and storage refers to the use of technology to sequester harmful greenhouse gas emissions from industrial processes and store them safely underground. In Canada, carbon capture and storage has become a key pillar of the oil and gas sector's decarbonization goals..."

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Transforming Climate Action: Ensuring the science is safe

"...The oceans supreme power for carbon sequestration has drawn Transforming Climate Action researchers to focus on it as a potential gamechanger in the fight against global warming. Theyre hoping to learn if the oceans natural abilities to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere can be amplified to help us meet net zero carbon targets by 2050 and avoid the worst impacts of a hotter planet..."

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Capturing Carbon with Seaweed: What We Know, What We Don't, and What Were Totally Unsure About Hakai Magazine

"...The reality is, scientists dont know nearly enough about seaweeds capacity to pull carbon out of the atmosphere and store it long term, a process known as carbon sequestration. And some of the outstanding questions are pretty big: How much carbon does seaweed pull out of seawater? When it dies, how much carbon sinks to the seafloor and stays there? How much ends up back in the food chain? And, of the carbon that sinks, how long does it stay locked away? So far, only rough estimates are available. But answering these questions with greater certainty could either water down seaweeds carbon sequestration potential or cement it..."

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'Soil is everything': Inside one Dal prof's work to understand how dirt can help humanity

"...I certainly liked digging holes and things like that as a kid, but I guess a lot of my interest in soil is that it is the interface of many of our vital earth system processes, explains Dr. Heung, an associate professor in Dalhousie's Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences. Soils are the centre of my universe..."

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How saving Cariboo-Chilcotin grasslands could help us adapt to changing climate

"...Grassland conservation could be even more critical as heat, drought, wildfires worsen Ruth LloydOct. 10, 2023 5:00 a. m..."

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Natures Engineers: The Marvels of Beaver Ecosystems

"...Implementing BDAs on some of our properties across British Columbia, The Nature Trust of BC and BCWF are working towards revitalizing wetland ecosystems and fostering biodiversity. These structures not only provide vital habitats for a variety of species but also contribute to cleaner water, carbon sequestration, and flood control. Moreover, they offer educational opportunities for the public to learn about the importance of beavers and wetland conservation..."

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Should Environmental Policy Commodify Nature?

"...As economist Dieter Helm explains, natural capital, a way of folding natural resources into the mainstream economy, puts nature on the balance sheet by assigning a monetary value to ecosystem services. These services are some of natures best gifts to humanity, including carbon sequestration, natural hazard defense, and water and air quality regulation. Beyond ecosystem services, nature provides provisioning services (such as timber, foodstuffs, and fuel) as well as cultural and spiritual value for local communities..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention carbon sequestration.

Digging deeper on agriculture's carbon capture potential

Duration: 6:26

"...We know that agriculture plays an important role in both greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration; however Dr..."

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Saskatchewan farm joins national carbon sequestration measurement study

Duration: 12:26

"...Capturing carbon is one thing, but as many farmers are aware, quantifying the amount of carbon being sequestered can be a tricky feat..."

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Unpacking the promise of cover crops

Duration: 12:50

"...When it comes to improving soil health and carbon sequestration, cover crops have been heralded as a key practice..."

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Measurement and verification of carbon sequestration in cattle industry continues to be a challenge

Duration: 6:33

"...In 2020, the Canadian Beef Advisors (CBA) set industry-wide carbon goals for the next decade, spanning to 2030..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about carbon sequestration.

Biochar: How burning stubble could FIGHT air pollution

"...Biochar: Crop residue management and climate change mitigation in India: ..."

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Dr. Wayne Honeycutt: Comprehensive Strategy for Advancing Soil Health

"...An abundance of research shows that practices designed to improve soil health also reduce nutrient loss to waterways, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration, increase drought resilience, enhance yield stability, increase biodiversity, enhance pollinator/wildlife habitat, and provide many other benefits..."

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Webinar: The Limits of Soil Carbon Sequestration

"...Regenerative agriculture has been heralded by policymakers, corporations, and farmers as a way to offset greenhouse gas emissions..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about carbon sequestration relevant to the latest news.

Decarbonization via Nature-Based Solutions: National Policy and International Practice

"...Realizing this potential requires significant targeted work to adjust the regulation and reprioritization of forest management?from extracting wood from forests for processing to integrated forest management, including quantification and monetization of forest carbon sequestration ecosystem services..."

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Could agroforestry restore ecosystem services in arid lands? An analysis through the weight of the evidence approach

"...The ecosystem services most mentioned (soil quality, productivity increase, carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, cultural values, water regulation and purification, and pollination), that were provided by the four Agroforestry Systems (protein banks, intercropping, windbreaks and homegardens) were used to apply the Weight of Evidence Approach..."

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Okra tree crop agroforestry model: economic and environmental impact

"...lebbeck agroforestry practice would significantly increase production, touching financial benefit and ensuring sound environmental quality using the vacant woodlot space..."

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Cover crop cultivars and species differ in root traits potentially impacting their selection for ecosystem services

"...Background and aims Cover crops have the potential to aid in adapting agricultural systems to climate change impacts through their ecosystem services, such as preventing soil erosion, remediating soil structure, and storing carbon belowground..."

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Spatiotemporal heterogeneity in ecosystem service trade-offs and their drivers in the Huang-Huai-Hai Plain, China

"...Methods In this study, we analyzed the spatiotemporal evolution patterns of four ESs: food provision (FP), soil conservation (SC), carbon sequestration (CS), and water yield (WY) across the years 2000, 2010, and 2020..."

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Soil Salinity and Water Level Interact to Generate Tipping Points in Low Salinity Tidal Wetlands Responding to Climate Change

"...In this study, we examined the effects of soil porewater salinity and water level on changes in net primary productivity (NPP) and greenhouse gas fluxes [GHG: methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and carbon dioxide (CO2)] in LSTW using a wetland biogeochemistry model, Tidal Freshwater Wetland Denitrification and Decomposition (TFW-DNDC)..."

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Sustainable blue economy: Opportunities and challenges

"...This review discusses various aspects of the blue economy like food, value-added products, offshore energy, oxygen source, mining, fisheries, carbon sequestration, and cloud seeding..."

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Land use change and forest management effects on soil carbon stocks in the Northeast U.S.

"...Their potential vulnerability to climate and land use change, management, and other drivers, along with soils? ability to mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration, makes them important to carbon balance and management..."

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Influencing factors and spatiotemporal heterogeneity of net carbon sink of conservation tillage: evidence from China

"...It is important to investigate the influencing factors and spatiotemporal heterogeneity of net carbon sink of conservation tillage for realizing the ?dual carbon? target, and facilitating agricultural sustainable development..."

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Carbon sequestration and emission mitigation potential of afforestation and reforestation of unproductive territories

"...The purpose of this study was to assess the potential for carbon sequestration in the ecosystem and in harvested wood products, and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emission mitigation, following the application of afforestation/reforestation strategies on unproductive lands in the Province of Quebec over an 80-year long period (2021?2101), using the Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forester Sector 3..."

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Coherent at face value: Integration of forest carbon targets in Finnish policy strategies

"...Carbon sequestration and capture have gained a central position in forest governance, alongside wood production and biodiversity conservation, resulting in calls for policy coherence and integration across the EU..."

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