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5 Takeaways From Algae Week in Washington

, senior fuels engineer

I’ve been interested in algae for many years, since algae are unique and versatile organisms whose biomass can have a wide variety of uses. The prospects for leveraging algae to tackle food security, energy security, complex chemical synthesis and most significantly, climate change, are stimulating billions in investments and making the emerging algae industry very interesting to follow. Read more >

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Wanna Fix the Food System? Science Can Help

, Fellow, Food & Environment Program

A few weeks ago I published my farewell opinion column in the New York Times. After five years, I felt ready to make the leap from writing about a broken food system to trying to do something about it. I had decided it was time to shift my focus toward activism and action. Read more >

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Xavier University Students Talk Food Equity in the Food System

, food systems & health analyst

Two weeks ago, I packed my bags and traveled to Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans to talk with students in their sociology department. Xavier is a historically black university founded in the early 1900s. Last month, the New York Times published an article about how Xavier sends more African American students to medical school than any other college in the country—and they have less than 2,500 undergraduate students. Read more >

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Climate-Driven Changes on Federal Lands Could Undercut Clean Power Plan Gains

, senior climate scientist

The US Geological Survey has published the first-ever comprehensive estimate of carbon storage on federal lands under future climate scenarios. Initially, it looks like good news: federal lands are projected to store more carbon in 2050 than they did in 2005. However, a closer look reveals that a big chunk of these gains are dependent on the world staying on a relatively low-emissions pathway. The difference in net emissions from federal lands between high- and low-emissions climate scenarios has the potential to undercut the emission reductions expected under the Clean Power Plan. And going deeper, the study may not account for processes that could release much more carbon into the atmosphere.

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Deforestation Has Decreased

, sr. scientist & dir., Climate Research and Analysis

In the last few years, there has been heartening news, based on new scientific data, about progress in reducing global deforestation. The IPCC, in its Fifth Assessment Report in 2014, reviewed all the previously published evidence and concluded that deforestation and the emissions of global warming pollution that it produces had dropped in recent years. The Global Carbon Project, an annual review of the planet’s carbon cycle and its implications for climate change, found the same trend in its 2014 assessment. Read more >

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