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  •  But the Acceleration of Atmospheric Carbon (1+ / 0-)
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    HeyMikey

    and climate change are recent. It doesn't matter if, historically, agriculture dominates, because the problem clearly only began to seriously accelerate after we introduced fossil carbon.

    All this is a great idea but what's the fraction, today, of nonfossil carbon going into the air that these methods would address?

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 10:46:00 AM PDT

    •  about half (1+ / 0-)
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      cynndara

      of the CO2 going to the atmosphere is coming from Ag.  Govts world-wide need to direct all of their military funds to C-sequestration research if we are to have any chance in the future.  Doesn't look good.

    •  Reading some of the links (0+ / 0-)

      it appears that combined biochar as sequestration and alternative energy is quite viable as a long-term carbon control mechanism.  In particular, the Australian group Project Rainbow Bee Eater is estimating that the combined effects of utilizing existing biowaste to replace fossil fuels, sequestration of charcoal in farmlands, and reduction in energy consumption for fertilizer production (biochar increases nutrient availability and reduces the need for fertilizers) is close to sufficient to cover Australia's entire commitment to greenhouse gas reduction under the most recent protocols.  And let's face it, on the American side the PTBs are much more likely to accept a strategy that cleans up the crap they keep throwing in the air and buries it in flyover country, than to quit throwing crap into the air.  Especially if they can con the farmers into paying for it.

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