Climate change mitigation involves efforts to reduce or prevent emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. Mitigation activities may include increasing the use of renewable energy technology, making older equipment more energy efficient, or changing management practices or consumer behavior.
Otsego Land Trust located in Cooperstown, NY, has a three-pronged approach to land protection: Conservation easements; Ownership and stewardship of a series of public access lands along water known as […] more »
Otsego Land Trust’s socially responsible investments support conservation goals and objectives, aligning the organization’s money with its mission.
The Pacific Forest Trust is a pioneer of approaches and standards used to create forest climate policies including carbon emissions reductions or offset projects which harness and protect the natural ability of forests to accumulate and hold carbon, acting as carbon “sinks” and providing essential climate benefits.
Assessing whether renewable energy is an appropriate activity is a site-specific question that can only be answered after careful analysis of the conservation values of a given property and in the full context of an individual project. These “practical pointers” help support that analysis.
Renewable energy is energy from a source that is not depleted when used, such as wind or solar power. Some definitions of “renewable” energy also include hydro-power, geothermal, and biomass. All energy generation and use requires some resources to develop and distribute, so when considering the “appropriateness” of energy siting proposals it is important for the conservation community to consider the costs and benefits of the proposed technology.
Frontiers Report: Global Change and the Future Ocean publishes research on global pressures on the ocean in the past, present and future and their consequences on ecosystem functioning and structure, as well as on the benefits to society received from a healthy ocean in the future.
This paper builds upon past work on siting policy to examine siting solutions tailored to meeting renewable energy demand in a land constrained region.
Carbon storage by ecosystems is valuable for climate protection. This study assesses how combining carbon storage with other ecosystem services affected by biodiversity may well enhance the economic arguments for conservation even further.
Trees provide many climate benefits including curbing climate change directly by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Through the process of photosynthesis, forests offset 10 to 20 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions each year.