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COMET-Farm

COMET-Farm is a conservation planning tool used to assess a farm’s greenhouse gas balance. This tool enables users to generate a report to compare alternative management strategies and to what extent alternate scenarios would provide carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

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Natural Resources Conservation Service – Climate Change

The National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the division of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides private landowners with technical assistance, holds easements, and provides conservation information and resources. The agency’s Climate Change website aggregates agency-driven tools, reports, and grants.

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Ecosystem Services

The conservation community is incorporating the protection and enhancement of ecosystem services into their stewardship missions and projects to meet multiple beneficial management objectives.

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Climate Change and Forest Health: Helping landowners with tough decisions

Landscapes in the intermountain west are becoming increasingly warmer, drier, and fragmented. Additionally, naturally-occurring wildfires are increasingly suppressed, eliminating the health benefits of these events. Such patterns and others have reduced the resilience of forests and given way to insect pest and disease outbreaks. Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) in Bozeman, Montana, has documented these changing conditions and is supporting landowners in addressing forest threats. GVLT provides information and expertise to private landowners about how to treat and prevent further outbreaks. They also help landowners identify financial resources to support the work of forest management. In a changing climate, proactively addressing these issues helps vegetation communities remain resilient, enhancing the conservation values of private land.

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The Climate Trust

The Climate Trust is a mission-driven nonprofit that specializes in mobilizing conservation finance; they buy, sell, and invest in carbon credits to support climate change mitigation projects.

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California’s New Climate Rules, Explained

California runs a number of programs that help it reduce its climate pollution, including financial support for electric vehicle purchases, mandates on biofuels and requirements that utilities source a substantial amount of their power from renewable sources. The new legislation requires the California Air Resources Board to strengthen these programs, or roll out new ones, to ensure that the new targets are met.

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Increasing Heavy Rainfall Threatens Health and the Environment

Research Analysis by Climate Central highlights how heavy rainfall events increasingly threaten public health and the environment. Climate models project that both overall precipitation and the amount of rain falling in heavy downpours will continue to increase this century with continued climate change, which could cause even more overflows.

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Oil, Gas, and Cows Culprits in Methane Spike

Methane is about 34 times as potent as carbon dioxide in warming the climate. Global methane emissions have risen and fallen since the 1980s, but have been rising steadily for the last nine years. Using an emissions database 100 times larger than those used before, scientists set out to update estimates of global methane emissions. They found that biological sources such as cattle, landfills, and agriculture account for up to 67 percent of total human-caused methane emissions.

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Scaling up tree nurseries is key to unlocking U.S. reforestation potential: Study

A new study highlights how the US could plant forests to sequester the equivalent of about 5% of the greenhouse gases the country emitted in 2019, but to do so, investments are needed now.

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