Carbon Archives - Rivers of Carbon

  • Australian soils play major role in global carbon sequestration

    Australia is one of ten countries that account for 60% of the 680 billion tonnes of carbon stored in the top 30cm of soil around the world. According to a major project launched late last year by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, action should be taken to protect these natural […]

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  • Wetlands five times more efficient at reducing nitrate than the best land-based conservation practices….

    We came across this interesting article that adds further weight to the value of wetlands in our agricultural and urban environments… The agricultural regions of the U.S. Midwest have a problem with excess nitrate from crop fertiliser making its way into rivers and streams through subsurface drainage channels and agricultural ditches.  High nitrate concentrations in waterways are harmful […]

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  • Climate scientists unlock the secrets of blue carbon

    Results from a new analysis of 1,900 soil cores collected around the United States could bolster efforts to monitor and protect wetlands around the globe. Tidal wetlands come in many forms, but they could be more alike below the surface than anyone realised. Whether it’s a mangrove forest in Florida, a freshwater swamp in Virginia […]

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  • Putting a price tag on biodiversity

    Biodiversity in dollars and cents? Although the ecological benefits of biodiversity are well documented, those benefits have rarely been expressed in dollars and cents. A team of economists and ecologists, including University of Illinois professor of environmental economics Amy Ando, have developed one of the first models to assign a dollar value to the loss […]

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  • Are people willing to pay for the co-benefits of carbon farming like biodiversity, vegetation and wellbeing? Find out…

    Adopting carbon farming practices can lead to a loss in profit for farmers. So, is the public willing to pay for the co-benefits of carbon farming? Researchers from the University of Western Australia have estimated the public’s ‘willingness-to-pay’ for carbon farming, and the results of this work have implications for carbon-farming policies. Carbon-farming benefits Agricultural […]

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  • Climate change: must we, can we, will we change?

    Here at the Australian River Restoration Centre, we love TED talks. We think that they are a great way to share ideas and be inspired. This one is a fascinating look at climate change. In it, Al Gore presents ‘A Case for Optimism on Climate Change’. He poses three questions that will determine the future […]

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  • Super planting day at Scottsdale Reserve

    It was a grey, rainy and cold day as we set off on Mother’s day to plant trees at Scottsdale Reserve, a Bush Heritage Australia property, 74kms north of Canberra on the Murrumbidgee River.  We joined a small, but hardy group of volunteers dedicated to restoring river corridors.  Our planting was part of the Rivers […]

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  • Farming carbon as our future crop?

    We recently read this thought provoking article in The Conversation about how storing carbon could become part of a viable and productive farming system, we thought you might enjoy it too so have summarised the key points: Currently, there are several competing forces putting pressure on Australian agricultural land. A growing global population is placing […]

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  • How is the state of our climate, and how can we respond with optimism and not despair?

    The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) recently released a statement on the Status of the Climate in 2015, highlighting the concerning trends in the changing climate that have continued into 2016.  Unfortunately some of the changes reported include the following: Ocean Heat and Sea Level: Large areas of the world’s oceans, particularly in the central and eastern Pacific […]

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  • Managing your land for the future: resilience and adaptation for climate change forum

    Want to know more about the predicted impacts of climate change in the Murrumbidgee region?  Then get along to this forum being held on the 18th and 19th of March.  Climate change adaptation experts, landholders and community representatives will be sharing their knowledge and responses to the shifting seasonal patterns and more extreme droughts and […]

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