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  •  Ecological Restoration for Coal Country (6+ / 0-)

    In 2008 John Todd won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge award with an alternative future for Appalachia, a future where

    ...mining toxins are remediated, coal lands restored, and a new economy is based upon renewable energy, natural resources, enterprise diversification and an ownership society... a future in which carbon is no longer an atmospheric pollutant but is sequestered in soils and biota.
    Source:  http://challenge.bfi.org/...
    This is a four stage plan using ecological design to first heal the land and biomes, create a working landscape which sequesters carbon to mitigate against and, in some cases, more readily adapt to climate change, build a renewable energy future using only solar income, and establishing institutions and a shared ownership culture with a 10,000 year perspective.

    John Todd has laid out a way to imagine a restored and restorative coal country.  Lots of possibilities there that are currently not in the public conversation yet.

    John Todd's more recent work at
    http://www.toddecological.com/...

    This is one example of ecological engineering and restorative on a scale that approaches terraforming or geoengineering:
    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at solarray.

    by gmoke on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 02:27:45 PM PST

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