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Managing Forests as a Natural Climate Solution: Understanding the Contributions of Heterogeneous Landscapes

by Ian A. Smith and Lucy R. Hutyra Constraining the global average temperature rise to below the targeted 2°C (3.6°F) will require both a reduction in greenhouse gas emission rates and natural climate solutions through land stewardship practices that remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere (1). Forest management is at the heart of many natural…

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Keep Carbon in the Ground

A Scientific Exploration of Climate Change and Soil Health by Dr. Kristen DeAngelis Soils rich in carbon are healthy soils, but climate change and poor management practices threaten to degrade soil carbon stores and in turn, degrade soils. In this article, I’ll present a brief overview of the current scientific understanding of why keeping carbon…

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Climate-Wise Landscaping

Practical Solutions for a Sustainable Future by Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt The following excerpt from Climate Wise-Landscaping, New Society Publishers, April 17, 2018, is reprinted with permission. Plant in Groups and Communities Why This Matters Planting in groups, groves, clusters, and assemblages will benefit the environment— and the gardener—in several ways. First, this type of…

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Maintaining and Increasing Carbon in the Managed Landscape

Conference Session Review by Alexis Doshas Garden designs that not only fulfill the desires of the client but also support and maintain optimal soil health translate into improved carbon sequestration and storage. M.L. Altobelli of Greenery in Motion Garden Design has years of experience with sequestering carbon in beautiful gardens and shares what she’s learned…

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Takeaways from Landscape Heroes

by Meghan O’Connell On January 31st, NOFA and the ELA teamed up to bring farmers and landscapers together to learn about three key components for creating healthy soil—and in turn, help reverse the effects of climate change. Those three featured “landscape heroes” were carbon, water, and biodiversity.

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Book Review: The Carbon Farming Solution

The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security Written by Eric Toensmeier Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016 Reviewed by M.L. Altobelli First things first – Eric Toensmeier ’s new book was fun to poke around in. I do realize that sounds…

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Book Review: Two Percent Solutions for the Planet

Two Percent Solutions for the Planet: 50 Low-Cost, Low-Tech, Nature-Based Practices for Combatting Hunger, Drought, and Climate Change Written by Courtney White Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015 Reviewed by Theresa Sprague In his introduction to Two Percent Solutions for the Planet, Courtney White explains that the two percent in the title refers to: The…

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