Gardening and Climate Change

  • Recent scientific literature


Urban Forest Webinars – Forest Service

Various topics, including climate change, presented by urban forest experts.


Whittinghill, L. J., Rowe, D. B., Schutzki, R., & Cregg, B. M. (2014). Quantifying carbon sequestration of various green roof and ornamental landscape systems. Landscape and Urban Planning, 123, 41–48.


Johnston, M. R., Balster, N. J., & Zhu, J. (2015). Impact of Residential Prairie Gardens on the Physical Properties of Urban Soil in Madison, Wisconsin. Journal of Environment Quality.doi:10.2134/jeq2015.02.0093 (click here)


Visscher, R. S., Nassauer, J. I., & Marshall, L. L. (2016). Homeowner preferences for wooded front yards and backyards: Implications for carbon storage. Landscape and Urban Planning, 146, 1–10. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.09.001 (click here)

Matthew R. Jorgensen. (2016). Vulnerability to Climate Change: Assessing Trees on the University of Oregon Campus. University of Oregon. (click here)

Abebe Nigussie, Thomas W.KuyperSander BruunAndreasde Neergaard (2016). Vermicomposting as a technology for reducing nitrogen losses and greenhouse gas emissions from small-scale composting.  Journal of Cleaner Production,  139, 429-439.


Cleveland, D. A., Phares, N., Nightingale, K. D., Weatherby, R. L., Radis, W., Ballard, J., … Wilkins, K. (2017). The potential for urban household vegetable gardens to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Landscape and Urban Planning, 157, 365–374.

General Climate Change

A massive body of scientific evidence strongly supports the existence of human-caused climate change and its negative consequences (see IPCC). Nevertheless, fabricated controversies and conspiracy theories persist. The plant sync doesn’t engage in these “debates.”  There are numerous venues, such as RealClimate that inform and engage technical discussions about climate change.

  • A clear and simple narrated slide presentation overview of general climate change science and impacts can be found at Climate Change Slide Presentation.
  • Apart from the science community, most of the “real world” has moved on from debating the reality of climate change. An extensive list of websites with affirmation of climate change by non-science entities is compiled here