South Carolina Plant Conservation Alliance (SCPCA)

Planting forests, land management could cut carbon significantly

Looking for a reason to keep trying? So-called natural climate solutions could mitigate a substantial part of the damage done by carbon emissions, according to a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Planting forests, land management, and restoration of peatlands could help suck up enough carbon dioxide to achieve one-third of the climate mitigation needed to hold global warming to 2 °C by 2030.

SCPCA Meeting January 23

The SCPCA will hold a meeting of members on January 23 from 10:00 to 3:00 at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. We will discuss the SCPCA policy statement, the status of current safeguarding and reintroduction projects, potential partners, and identify other priority species and communities for conservation.

Botanic gardens and plant conservation

The BBC reports that the world’s botanical gardens currently are helping to protect 40% of the world’s plant diversity. This report comes from research published in the journal Nature Plants, alas hidden behind a paywall but you can at least see the abstract.

This highlights the importance of the work being done by the botanical garden members of the SCPCA in safeguarding species such as Schwalbea americana and Oxypolis canbyii.