Friday, January 23, 2009

One Last Chance to save mankind - Charcoal!!

I don't agree with a lot of this but this guy at least has some credibility and accomplishment in the environmental area (contrast him with Al Gore)

One last chance to save mankind

The article is an interview with James Lovelock, the originator of the Gaia theory, which describes Earth as a self-regulating planet.

Here is a sample question with answer:

So are we doomed?
There is one way we could save ourselves and that is through the massive burial of charcoal. It would mean farmers turning all their agricultural waste - which contains carbon that the plants have spent the summer sequestering - into non-biodegradable charcoal, and burying it in the soil. Then you can start shifting really hefty quantities of carbon out of the system and pull the CO2 down quite fast.

I like the idea but it is based on what I consider the faulty premise that co2 is a problem. Could it be possible that we would do such a good job of reducing co2 (think unintended consequences associated with attempts to control nature) that we start to restrict the growth of plant life. Jeepers creepers, Batman!!

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