Climate Change Solutions: Preserve Forests, Save Marshes, and More!

Protecting Rainforests Could Sequester About A Third Of Global Emissions Annually says a new study, reports Rhett Butler at Mongabay.com. Eliminating deforestation, peatlands and forest degradation, and forest fires in the tropics could reduce global carbon emissions by two billion tons a year, or nearly a fifth, argues the study.

The research analyzed various emissions sources and sinks across the tropics. They found that carbon emissions from activities that damage and destroy forests are nearly counterbalanced by forest regrowth, reforestation, and afforestation.

OO US Cap-And-Trade Could Be Cheaper Than Power Plant And Car Regulations, Study Finds

OO How To Save Time, Money, Energy, And Carbon Emissions While Drying Your Clothes – US homes are wasting up to $4 billion worth of electricity annually – and emitting roughly 16 million tons of carbon dioxide – just because residents are drying their clothes inefficiently.

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OO California Could Close Its Water Gap With Room To Spare – by using a combination of water conservation and efficiency strategies.

OO Saving Marsh Protects Neighborhood from Sea Rise

OO Renewables as Tourist Attractions? Only in Germany

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Pricing US carbon emissions could ultimately result in the creation of nearly 3 million US green jobs over the next few decades. Credit: REMI, Inc.

Pricing US Carbon Pollution Creates Jobs, Grows The Economy says a new study, reports Dana Nuccitelli at the UK Guardian. The REMI study finds that a revenue neutral carbon tax could create 2.8 million jobs, and increase GDP by $1.3 trillion.

OO The Current Economic Model: A Destructive Social Construct? We need to acknowledge that the economic system is a belief which can be restructured to benefit the planet.

There is, of course, much more news on the consequences and solutions to climate change. To get it, check out this annotated resource list I’ve compiled, “Climate Change News Resources,” at WordPress.com here. For more information on the science of climate change, its consequences and solutions you can view my annotated list of online information resources here.

To help you understand just what science does and does NOT do, check thisout!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this skipper butterfly I photographed recently. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you’d like to join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do so here. It’s our way of letting Congress know there’s a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audiopodcasts and texts are freely available.

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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