A critical tipping point for the Earth’s climate is the potential transformation of the world’s largest tropical forests from carbon sinks into net sources of emissions, which has been challenging for researchers to predict. But now, groundbreaking studies analyzing observations from Amazonian and African tropical forests find these forests have already reached or are nearing their “saturation points.” Halting deforestation and degradation of forests, while cutting global emissions is critical.
Tag Archives: Climate science
Understanding Soil Carbon Science To Identify Strategies For Climate Mitigation And Adaptation
Soil scientists disagree about whether soil carbon sequestration can effectively help decarbonize the atmosphere, but this debate does not undermine the substantive body of science supporting immediate, widespread adoption of practices protecting and restoring soil carbon.
The Paris Agreement, Five Years Later: What Research Says About Future Directions
The Paris Agreement’s five year anniversary was marked by governments enacting policy to meet their Nationally Determined Contributions, as well as the U.S. announcing it will re-enter the pact. But what exactly does the U.S. stand to gain by rejoining, and what can nations gain from renewed ambition?
Climate Impacts Of Scaling Up Biofuels And Bioenergy
Research demonstrates well-designed policies can help biofuels and bioenergy meet niche energy needs sustainably, while alternative technologies mature and deploy at scale.
Understanding California Wildfires: Climate Trends And Response Options
Scientific studies demonstrate how climate change is shaping wildfire activity in California, but additional research also shows aggressive action to reduce elevated fuel availability may reduce risk.
What Rooftop Solar Tells Us About Who’s Participating (And Who Is Not) In The Clean Energy Transition
This research review details financial, racial, and partisan rates of rooftop solar adoption across the United States and recommendations to overcome these divides.
Negative Emission Technologies And Land Use
This research review discusses how potential use of negative emission technologies to meet climate change goals could impact land use.
Energy Justice: A Complex But Vital Piece To A Clean Energy Transition
This research review discusses how energy justice can be achieved for communities and ecosystems as part of a clean energy transition.
United States Energy Policy Simulator Updated With Ability to Reach Net-Zero Emissions, New Policies, More Fuels
The United States Energy Policy Simulator 2.0 update includes the ability to model net-zero emissions, new policies, and new fuels like hydrogen.
Direct Air Capture and Storage
This research review says direct air capture and storage may help limit global warming to 1.5C but needs technical innovation and regulatory reform.