Harnessing Plants Initiative

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Watch our plant biology team talk about this bold initiative.

Read more about the Harnessing Plants Initiative

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Salk scientist Joanne Chory’s inspiring TED talk on how supercharged plants could help fight climate change.

Salk Submits Testimony to The United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Climate Crisis – November 2019
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World Resources Institute – Carbonshot: Federal Policy Options for Carbon Removal in the United States
Salk’s Harnessing Plants Initiative is mentioned (see pp 50-57) as an early stage laboratory program deserving of runway and support. The intro, executive summary and general background include discussions about enhanced crop root solutions in general. Click here to download the working paper»

The Effects of Climate Change

Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report
SOCCR2 is an authoritative decadal assessment of carbon cycle science across North America, developed by over 200 experts from the U.S., Canadian and Mexican governments, national laboratories, universities, private sector, and research institutions.
https://carbon2018.globalchange.gov/

IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2018
https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/

New York Times story about IPCC report
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/07/climate/ipcc-climate-report-2040.html

Wildfires
https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/how-climate-change-contributed-to-this-summers-wildfires

Hurricanes
https://www.fema.gov/mat-results-hurricane-sandy

Famine
https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2018/10/25/famines-are-becoming-more-frequent-in-the-sahel

Species extinctions
https://www.worldwildlife.org/press-releases/half-of-plant-and-animal-species-at-risk-from-climate-change-in-world-s-most-important-natural-places