How a desert became a carbon sink zone

When we think about the deserts of the world, water abundance is one of the last things that come to mind. But that might change for the Taklamakan Desert in northwest China.

While studying the amount of carbon dioxide in the desert’s air, a team of researchers was surprised to learn that large amounts of the greenhouse gas were disappearing around a region of the desert called the Tarim basin.

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How to conserve 30% of the planet by 2030

  • Canada is one of 55 countries planning to conserve 30% of its land and water by 2030, to stem the negative effects of climate change.
  • The goal comes from the High Ambition Coalition for People and Nature, a United Nations initiative.
  • Despite challenges, new conservation approaches have potential to conserve threatened species and ecosystem services, writes an expert.

Canada has an extensive system of protected areas that, when added together, would cover an area slightly larger than Ontario. That’s larger than France and Spain combined, and more than three times the size of Germany.

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Advancing the Bioeconomy: From Waste to Conversion-Ready Feedstocks Workshop Summary Report

The Advancing the Bioeconomy: From Waste to Conversion-Ready Feedstocks Workshop, coordinated by the Bioenergy Technologies Office, gathered experts in the fields of waste management, solid materials handling, and biofuel and bioproduct development and production to give presentations.

The workshop explored the potential of using the various components of the municipal solid waste stream (i.e., yard waste, unrecycled paper, food waste, and plastics) to produce feedstock for fuels, chemicals, and products. This document provides an overview of the presentations and breakout session discussions.

Download the workshop report summary.

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