Soil’s Carbon Emissions Causing Much More Damage Than Scientists Thought
Oct12

Soil’s Carbon Emissions Causing Much More Damage Than Scientists Thought

Not too many people think of soil as being dangerous to the earth. Thanks to a 26-year study, however, soil’s carbon emissions could trigger disastrous global temperature rises. Soil is typically evaluated based on two features: fertility and texture. Now, it seems carbon evaluations are a necessity as well. According to The Guardian, warming soils are releasing much more carbon into the earth’s atmosphere than scientists originally thought, which might cause a damaging feedback mechanism that increases global temperatures and carbon emissions. The study, published in a report in the peer-review journal, Science, is one of the largest of its kind. Researchers took a look at plots of soil in areas of Massachusetts for 26 years and experimented with heating some of those plots with underground cables. Within the first 10 years of the experiments, there was a strong increase in the carbon emissions from the heated soil plots. From 1991 (when the experiment began), the soil plots lost roughly 17% of the carbon it was storing. “If these findings hold more widely across major terrestrial ecosystems, then a much greater portion of the global soil carbon store could be vulnerable to decomposition and release of carbon dioxide under global warming than previously thought,” said Daniel Metcalfe, of Sweden’s Lund University. Another study published in two overlapping papers in Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, and Global Change Biology, it’s emphasized that more research is needed to determine how soil, if managed properly, can actually help fight global warming. “Many people think of the soil as just dirt,” said Susan Crow, an ecology professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) and co-author of both papers. “But caring for the land by maintaining or rebuilding organic matter, rich in carbon and essential for the life of soil, is a win-win for building resilience in our landscapes and communities through protection of food security, reduced erosion and water pollution, and improved drought tolerance.” Only 1% of the earth’s water is actually sustainable for drinking, but if the carbon emissions continue to increase so much, that could mean disastrous results for the rest of the water supply and for the entire global population. One way to help better control the carbon emissions coming from soil is to use high quality equipment when working with soil. Tungsten carbide, for example, comes in over a dozen different grades that can all be sued for various applications, including to bring durability to soil planter scrapers. According to Tri-State Neighbor, some planters and drills provider opener scrapers to keep soil buildup but that can affect the planting depth and accuracy of...

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7 Tips to Help You Avoid Foreclosure
Oct12

7 Tips to Help You Avoid Foreclosure

Facing foreclosure can be a scary time. Sometimes missing payments is unavoidable, but to avoid losing your home, there are certain actions you should be taking. Not sure where to start? Fortunately, this article takes a look at a few of the steps you can take to ensure the best outcome of your financial situation. Ensure you receive the proper loan in the first place. One of the reasons homeowners lose their homes is because they were given an unaffordable loan in the first place. Make sure you fully understand the terms of your loan and can actually afford it. Get rid of luxuries. If you’re struggling to make payments, getting rid of things like cable and other unnecessary subscriptions will help you come up with some extra cash. Making sacrifices will show servicers you’re really making an effort to make ends meet. Get a detailed record of your expenses. Keep all pay stubs, tax returns, receipts for large purchases, and benefit statements. You’ll need to show an accounting of your expenses to the bank. Do your research and look into various mortgage workouts. If you qualify, refinancing into a longer mortgage with a lower rate would be the best option. Unfortunately, some people may not be able to afford the fees required to do this. You could also consider a loan modification, in which a lender lowers the interest rate and lengthens the payment schedule. Make sure your home is worth saving. If you have extra mortgages and home equity lines of credit, restructering your mortgage might make your payments more than your home is actually worth. If you owe more than your home is worth, it may be time to consider selling. This is an option that would allow you to salvage your credit and allow you to move on with your life without being evicted from your home. Consult an expert. Consulting a housing expert or a lawyer will ensure you take the necessary steps to avoid losing your home. They work with thousands of homeowners every year to reduce the all too common situation of foreclosures. In fact, in 2013, one in every 96 homes reported at least one foreclosure filing. The job of a housing expert or a lawyer is to do everything they can to help a homeowner choose the best option for their personal housing situation. Put your home on the market as soon as possible. If you do decide selling is the best option for you, find a credible real estate agent to help you sell your home as quickly as possible. The sooner you sell your home, the less damage...

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