A simple climate crisis solution? Plant trees

For more than two centuries, a 45-acre patch of land on the northwest tip of Hawaii’s Big Island has been turning into an arid wasteland. The sandalwood forest that once filled the area was torn down by loggers in the 19th century and animal grazing has prevented the emergence of new trees that would take their place. With little rainfall and no tree cover, the soil slowly dried out and the land became barren. Around 90 per cent of all Hawaii’s tropical dry forests have followed a similar path, leaving just a handful of these rare ecosystems scattered across the state.

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Educational Resources: Bioenergy in the Classroom

Lesson Plans
Search through the Education Toolbox to find lesson plans and lab activities for use in your classroom. Filter by subject, grade level, and energy literacy principle.

Coloring and Activity Book
The Coloring and Activity Book is designed for children as a fun learning tool to inform them about bioenergy and raise their awareness of alternative fuel sources and renewable energy.

Biomass Basics: The Facts About Bioenergy
Biomass Basics provides general information about bioenergy, its creation, and potential uses.

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Google cutting off climate deniers

Google and YouTube are taking a stand against climate misinformation, announcing a new policy that will demonetize climate denial content beginning Nov. 1. Google's decision to no longer display ads on "content that contradicts well-established scientific consensus" coincides with the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow. Meanwhile, even though YouTube has cracked down on COVID-19 misinformation by taking down a number of channels, it's now reviewing a major German channel after Axios reported its false claims have stayed up.

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Breakthrough Methods Help Integrate Renewable Hydrogen With Waste Carbon Dioxide To Produce Clean Fuels, Chemicals, and More

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been collaborating with utilities and startups at the frontlines of high-renewable systems to make the technical and economic case for renewable fuels as we transition to a clean energy economy. With continued cost reductions for renewably generated electricity from sources like wind and solar systems, NREL is validating utility-scale hydrogen-production processes that could provide tomorrow’s clean fuels and chemical feedstocks to produce low-carbon, high-value products.

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Melting of polar ice shifting Earth itself, not just sea levels

The melting of polar ice is not only shifting the levels of our oceans, it is changing the planet Earth itself. Newly minted Ph.D. Sophie Coulson and her colleagues explained in a recent paper in Geophysical Research Letters that, as glacial ice from Greenland, Antarctica, and the Arctic Islands melts, Earth's crust beneath these land masses warps, an impact that can be measured hundreds and perhaps thousands of miles away.

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