Science Special

On Fridays, we round up our favorite science links on climate change and share them with you: 

  • Your new vocabulary word for the week: biochar (n.) - carbon-rich organic matter that remains after heating biomass under the minimization of oxygen during a process called pyrolysis. The World Bank wrote an important report on biochar science, benefits, and risks in the context of developing countries. Find it here
  • "Betting on Negative Emissions" was featured in Nature Climate Change and deftly explains the obstacles carbon removal faces.

 

  • Breaking study: rainwater and irrigation in deserts may be taking up to 200 MtC/yr out of the atmosphere and into the subsurface aquifers. The authors argue it could be a significant part of the "missing sink" that's typically but controversially attributed only to forests.