Nicola Jones

Nicola Jones is a freelance science journalist living in Pemberton, British Columbia.

seaweed farming

Banking on the Seaweed Rush

Seaweed farmers promise to feed us, combat climate change, support coastal communities, provide wildlife habitat, and more. Can seaweed do it all?

March 23, 2023

Giant kelp

Kelp gets on the carbon-credit bandwagon

For Carlos Duarte, the chief science adviser behind Oceans 2050, seaweed farming looks like a vital contribution to saving the planet from climate change and restoring ocean life.

February 2, 2022

How Growing Sea Plants Can Help Slow Ocean Acidification

Researchers are finding that kelp, eelgrass, and other vegetation can effectively absorb CO2 and reduce acidity in the ocean. Growing these plants in local waters, scientists say, could help mitigate the damaging impacts of acidification on marine life.

July 12, 2016

Abrupt Sea Level Rise Looms As Increasingly Realistic Threat

Now, a growing number of studies are raising the possibility that as those ice sheets melt, sea levels could rise by six feet this century, and far higher in the next, flooding many of the world’s populated coastal areas.

May 6, 2016

The Carbon Counters: Tracking Emissions in a Post-Paris World

In the wake of the Paris climate agreement, developing countries find themselves in need of analysts capable of monitoring their emissions.

March 11, 2016

A Scarcity of Rare Metals Is Hindering Green Technologies

A shortage of "rare earth" metals, used in everything from electric car batteries to solar panels to wind turbines, is hampering the growth of renewable energy technologies.

November 19, 2013

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