Changing Climate: A Couple of Changes in Response

It’s damn hard to find much good news about national response to climate change these days.  The car is going over the cliff and a few maniacs are slapping at those trying to pull it back.  Here are hands on the bumper though, trying to pull.

New Mexico has a five-year, $1 million grant from the federal Highway Authority to research methods for boosting carbon capture along the 7,500 miles of state road in its semi-arid environment.

Testing different plantings and techniques over the past year, the state boosted carbon capture on roadsides to from 35 percent to 350 percent over areas that weren’t actively managed. Native grasses produced the biggest gains, in the state’s prairie regions.

The claim, and hope, is that some 4 million miles of roadside vegetation, could be tweaked to draw in, and hold, more carbon from the atmosphere, than it now is.

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And at the federal level a  National Drought Resilience Partnership has been set up to coordinate policies and actions and to give Internet resource access to communities and individuals in rural America.  (We hope those who don’t believe in climate change will not dirty their hands with logging in.)

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If you haven’t seen the President’s Climate Action Plan, here’s a link.

“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.”

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