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  • Writer's pictureTerri Pugh

April 3, 2023 - Your Scoop in CDR!

The Hill opinion piece- Decarbonizing building Climate bright spot: Building sector decarbonization is well underway BY EDWARD MAZRIA, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR 03/15/23 04:30 PM ET We are witnessing the remarkable transformation of the U.S. building sector with record

emissions reductions that began in 2005. Of all the electricity produced in the U.S., 73.8 percent goes to operate our buildings. With renewable electricity generation growing exponentially — especially solar and wind — coupled with low- to zero-carbon design and planning; new federal climate programs and incentives; and local governments advancing clean power plans, as well as zero-carbon standards for new buildings and major renovations, ​we should be able to meet or exceed a 50 percent building sector CO2 reduction by 2030.

Trophic rewilding can expand natural climate solutions from the article: Natural climate solutions are being advanced to arrest climate warming by protecting and enhancing carbon capture and storage in plants, soils and sediments in ecosystems. These solutions are viewed as having the ancillary benefit of protecting habitats and landscapes to conserve animal species diversity. However, this reasoning undervalues the role animals play in controlling the carbon cycle. We present scientific evidence showing that protecting and restoring wild animals and their functional roles can enhance natural carbon capture and storage. We call for new thinking that includes the restoration and conservation of wild animals and their ecosystem roles as a key component of natural climate solutions that can enhance the ability to prevent climate warming beyond 1.5 °C.

How Bison Are Saving America's Lost Prairie - YouTube This 8 ½ minute video is an example of how one species effects the health of the ecosystem. In turn this effects the carbon sequestration if the land to illustrate the above point on biodiversity.

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