Resources

Gardening and Climate Change

  • Recent scientific literature

2014-2017

Urban Forest Webinars – Forest Service

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

2014

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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2013.11.015

2015

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)

2016

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.

2017

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. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.07.008

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