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Marin Agricultural Land Trust – Enhancing Carbon Sequestration

The Marin Carbon Project is working to respond to the rapid pace of global climate change by enhancing carbon sequestration in rangeland, agricultural, and forest soils through applied research, demonstration, and implementation. These efforts aim to enable landowners and land managers of agricultural ecosystems to serve as stewards of soil health and to undertake carbon farming in a manner that can improve on-farm productivity and viability, enhance ecosystem functions, and stop and reverse climate change.

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Carbon Sequestration

“Carbon sequestration” describes the process of capture and long-term storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in a stable state. Direct carbon sequestration occurs in plants as they photosynthesize atmospheric CO2 into biomass, which means it is stored in “sinks” instead of being released into Earth’s atmosphere

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NASA pinpoints cause of Earth’s recent record carbon dioxide spike

A new NASA study provides space-based evidence that Earth’s tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration seen in at least 2,000 years.

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Wetlands

Avoiding coastal wetland conversion and enhanced management can be low-cost climate mitigation pathways, leading to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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Study: Urban Greenery Plays a Surprising Role in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Urban greenery adds CO2 to the atmosphere when vegetation dies and decomposes, increasing total emissions. Urban vegetation also removes this gas from the atmosphere when it photosynthesizes, causing total measured emissions to drop. Understanding the role of urban vegetation is important for managing cities’ green spaces and tracking the effects of other carbon sources.

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NASA Study Finds Tropical Forests’ Ability to Absorb Carbon Dioxide Is Waning

New data and visualizations map where vegetation is emitting and soaking up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The research found that over the course of those two decades, living woody plants were responsible for more than 80% of the sources and sinks on land, with soil, leaf litter, and decaying organic matter making up the rest. However, 90% of the carbon that forests around the world absorb from the atmosphere is offset by the amount of carbon released by such disturbances as deforestation and droughts. Spatially explicit carbon flux data can support strategic management efforts to balance the global carbon budge.

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Learn More About Biological Carbon Sequestration

Biological carbon sequestration refers to the assimilation and storage of atmospheric carbon in vegetation, soils, woody products, and aquatic environments. Fluxes of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHG) in ecosystems are a function of natural ecosystem processes and anthropogenic activities.

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NASA Satellite Offers Urban Carbon Dioxide Insights

A new NASA/university study of carbon dioxide emissions for 20 major cities around the world provides the first direct, satellite-based evidence that as a city’s population density increases, the carbon dioxide it emits per person declines, with some notable exceptions. The study also demonstrates how satellite measurements of this powerful greenhouse gas can give fast-growing cities new tools to track carbon dioxide emissions and assess the impact of policy changes and infrastructure improvements on their energy efficiency.

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Focus on Carbon Removal a “High-Stakes Gamble”

A new paper from Science highlights how carbon removal shouldn’t be treated as a cure-all for climate change because the future of humanity can’t rely on untested technology.

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Forests

Avoiding forest conversion and supporting restoration are relatively low-cost mitigation pathways that are ready to be put into practice on forestlands throughout the United States.

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