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Impact of Snow on Soil Greenhouse Gases
Spring is finally in the air, and while the thermometers are slowly but steadily rising, we wanted to explore the impacts of the exceptionally snowy winter on the soil greenhouse gas emissions. For this post, we interviewed a researcher, Boris Tupek, who is based in Luke, the Natural Resources Institute Finland. Tupek’s research specializes in greenhouse gases, including measuring and modelling of CO2, CH4, N2O (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas) in forests and peat...
How Carbon Trading Can Help Preserve Coastal Ecosystems
Introduction The ocean is the largest long-term carbon sink on the planet, storing and cycling 93% of the earth’s CO2 . The ocean’s vegetated habitats, in particular mangroves, salt marshes, and seagrasses, comprise only 0.05% of the plant biomass, but store equal amount of carbon as terrestrial biomass per year, and thus stand among the most efficient carbon sink. However, the rate of loss of these so-called blue carbon ecosystems is the highest amongst all ecosystems. If more action is not taken to...
Green Urban Infrastructure: Assessing Potential Ecosystem Services in Urban Cities
Cities all over the world are currently experiencing climate change caused by rapidly increasing atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs). Fortunately, cities may mitigate GHG concentrations by incorporating vegetation into green urban infrastructure (GUI) to develop parks, green roofs, waterways, and other structures. For example, plants sequester carbon (C) by removing atmospheric CO2 and incorporating it into their tissues through photosynthesis, behaving as carbon sinks1. GUI may also remove urban air pollutants,...
Can nature help reduce the impacts of climate change?
Building and managing a well-planned network of natural areas might provide an effective and, in many cases, cheaper solution for coping with natural disasters such as floods or landslides. A new report published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA) explores how ‘green infrastructure’ can help Europe prepare for and reduce the loss from weather- and climate-related hazards. Weather- and climate-related hazards, including extreme precipitation, floods, wet mass movement (e.g. avalanches and...
Investment in resource innovation needed for a key tech ecosystem
We are living in a time of major transitions, and we are at the beginning of a new innovation supercycle. With more than 9,000 technology companies currently calling British Columbia home, there’s no shortage of support and enthusiasm for our burgeoning hub for startup ventures. But while we pride ourselves on cultivating new businesses at the startup level, we are neglecting to provide adequate support and funding for the next critical stages that will grow and scale successful Canadian companies. With a...