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Transforming excess carbon into bio-oil

Transforming excess carbon into bio-oil

A company aims to reverse the carbon cycle by converting biomass into bio-oil and storing it underground to fight climate change.

Michelle Nijhuis reports for The New Yorker.

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Heat waves in the ground are getting more extreme

The atmosphere is rapidly warming, but the soil is also prone to heat waves. Scientists are racing to understand the consequences.
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extreme heat impacting soil health

Heat waves in the ground are getting more extreme

The atmosphere is rapidly warming, but the soil is also prone to heat waves. Scientists are racing to understand the consequences.
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If a forest has a variety of tree species, is it better at fighting climate change? A U of A study says yes

Planting trees is often a go-to action for environmental sustainability, but it turns out that it really matters what types of trees you plant — and where.

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A security camera for the planet

A new satellite, funded by a nonprofit, aims to pinpoint emissions of methane—a gas that plays a major role in global warming.
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Animating the Carbon Cycle: Earth’s animals vital allies in CO2 storage

Wildlife — as big as elephants and as small as spiders — are important players in the carbon cycle, and scientists say that supercharging ecosystems with animals could enhance terrestrial and marine carbon sinks.
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Nature's unsung hero, the humble fungus, could be the key to solving climate change

A team of scientists is launching a first-of-its-kind effort to map the world’s mycorrhizal fungi, a process they hope can identify fungal biodiversity for conservation, grow understanding of how these species interact within ecosystems and keep more carbon in soil.

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