Thursday, 11 July 2019

Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis

quote [ “This new quantitative evaluation shows [forest] restoration isn’t just one of our climate change solutions, it is overwhelmingly the top one,” said Prof Tom Crowther at the Swiss university ETH Zürich, who led the research. ]

Some uplifting news and numbers.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+4]
[by Paracetamol@11:36amGMT]

Comments

ComposerNate said @ 1:18pm GMT on 11th Jul [Score:2 Informative]
Reduced animal agriculture means increased land availability for forest replanting. During the final months before being killed, a cow is fed about 10x more food value than its muscles produce, mostly grain and soy which could otherwise feed humans. 100 Cal beef = 1,000 Cal grain. This excess feed needs 1,000% extra land and labor and fertilizer and pesticides and water to grow, which along with run-off manure washes away into our waterbed and chokes nearby freshwater ecosystems.

Reforestation should also help slow our current mass extinction, having replaced about 50% of Earth's wildlife with humans and animal agriculture in the last fifty years.
steele said @ 3:29pm GMT on 11th Jul [Score:1 Funsightful]
Hmm, but what if we didn't do that... and instead... cut down the Amazon?🤔🤷🏼‍♂️
captainstubing said @ 7:44am GMT on 12th Jul
Expansionary austerity? Are you sure you aren't a right wing economist?
steele said @ 4:10pm GMT on 12th Jul
I'm not approving of it, just pointing out our trajectory.

Also, the headline and quote kind of glosses over the part where this is meant to be a multi-century project... leading one to wonder how well will this plan hold up to forces of nature in the meantime. I'm still all for it, and have been even before this article, but it sounds very much like planting trees for the species that come after us.
cb361 said @ 11:39am GMT on 11th Jul
But what if we plant too many trees, and create a Snowball Earth scenario?
mechanical contrivance said @ 1:16pm GMT on 11th Jul
We'll need to burn more coal.
endopol said @ 2:57pm GMT on 11th Jul
What if the combination of Snowball Earth and Greenhouse Effect leads to a Snowglobe Earth situation?
mechanical contrivance said @ 3:47pm GMT on 11th Jul
The only thing we would have to fear is a giant alien shaking the Earth.
rylex said @ 1:51am GMT on 12th Jul
or an even gianter alien shaking the universeglobe
zarathustra said @ 3:46am GMT on 12th Jul [Score:1 Underrated]
I wonder if that has all ready happened.

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