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Photo: Jim Robinson, USDA-NRCS/CC BY 2.0, Flickr

Farming Carbon into Soils and Trees: A Climate-Smart Mid-Century Strategy for Agriculture

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In 2050, the Paris Agreement will be 34 years old,  Google will be 52,  the National Park Service will be 134, the tractor will be 158, the United States will be 274, and hopefully we’ll all be celebrating being well along the way to a cooler future. While it may seem like a lot of time, there’s a lot of work ahead of us. Read more >

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The Lashto Fish Farm, Toucan Carré, Haiti. Photo: NRG Energy, Inc.

Breaking Down Barriers: Publishing Open Access Science for Sustainability

Anne Kapuscinski, , UCS

In my new role of Chair of the Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), I had the great honor of joining UCS’ delegation at the Paris COP21 climate meeting last December. A clear message from Paris was that we must rapidly transition to a net-zero and climate-resilient society. Scientists at the recent 1.5 Degrees Conference at Oxford University, co-sponsored by UCS, underscored the magnitude of the challenge. And, on Food Day, my public conversation with Michael Pollan at Dartmouth mentioned that agroecology research shows a clear opportunity to help transition our nation’s food system to sustainability, a goal of Plate of the Union. Read more >

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Moraine Park Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Partnerships to Protect Fragile Mountain Ecosystems

Aaron Piña and Jill Baron, , UCS

If you are a cow, Colorado is an ideal place to be. Colorado’s climate is sunny and dry, and these characteristics have helped make the state fourth in the nation for numbers of cattle in feedlots. Weld County, just east of the Colorado Front Range mountains, is the fifth most livestock-rich county in the United States—beef and dairy, swine, sheep, chickens—and produces as much waste as 24.5 million people. Read more >

Photo: Frank Schulenberg/CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia
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A Honduran farmer digs irrigation channels in advance of maize planting.
A maize farmer near Alauca, Honduras, digs irrigation channels in advance of maize planting. Photo: Neil Palmer, CIAT/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 - Flickr

Making Agriculture “Climate-Smart” in Latin America and the Caribbean

Sharon Gourdji, , UCS

I recently returned to the United States from Cali, Colombia where I worked for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (or CIAT, its Spanish-language abbreviation) for a couple years. CIAT is part of a global network of 15 agricultural research centers in the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), which have traditionally focused on crop breeding to raise yields of staple crops around the world.  Read more >

Photo: Neil Palmer, CIAT/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, Flickr
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Protecting and increasing soil carbon and soil health in agricultural soils is critical for both climate change mitigation and adaptation. Photo: USDA-NRCS

Soil Carbon Can’t Fix Climate Change By Itself—But It Needs to Be Part of the Solution

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A rigorous study just published in the prestigious journal Science argues that soil alone cannot be can be counted on to save us from climate change. Yet the stark analysis does not undermine the importance of better understanding, protecting, and building carbon in soils (“carbon farming”). In fact, the findings reinforce the need for soil carbon science and action to remain priorities, especially when it comes to agriculture. Read more >

Photo: USDA-NRCS
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