Yes, Virgina, there are silver bullets.
The terrible Lyssavirus rabies is killed with shots from a hypodermic needle more efficiently than utilizing Thor, the German Shepherd, to kill a werewolf (see Bad Moon).
The even more terrible smallpox virus has been exterminated by a needle except for the evil scientists keeping it alive in their fearsome laboratories.
The Gaia Philosopher is going after the biggest game of all, the monster he first announced.
The Gaia Theory has bypassed becoming a law to entering the realm of theology as immutable doctrine even among scientists. When you think about it, it does not really matter all that much whether it is even correct considering life on the planet Earth hangs in the balance. Discussing arguments for the existence of global warming is like discussing the existence of trains when you are tied to railroad tracks and a speeding locomotive is bearing down on you.
Might be worth discussing James Lovelock's silver bullet that arises from discovery of a secret of ancients 7 millenia ago practicing their magical rituals in the Amazon jungle.
If the silver bullet, biochar, surely slays the dragon as effectively as Thor dispatched the werewolf then we no longer need worry about evil corporations draining and mining the planet of all fossil fuels.
But just maybe we should err on the side of caution.
All systems are complex. That is why they call them systems. Any living organism is vastly complex and only vaguely understood by the brightest among us.
Dr. Lovelock proposes that we can understand the entirety of the vaugely comprehended biosphere's interaction with the largely unexplored inanimate world by measuring the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. Presumably he says this without smiling and without wearing a tinfoil hat.
Scientists, and even normal people, believe Dr. Lovelock without quibble, unless they are wingnuts and have a different faith. (Yes, Virginia, some scientists are wingnuts. I have no idea how that can be but it is fact rather than theory.)
Still and all, there is that damn locomotive bearing down on us while we are tied to the railroad tracks.
Not a laughing matter really.
That doesn't mean we must believe biochar or charcoal is a silver bullet. There aren't so many silver bullets and not a single Thor though there is a surplus of bullets and many German Shepherds.
I suggest maybe it would be better if we do not believe without question no matter how much that might offend the spirits of ancients inhabiting the Amazon jungle.
I think it is more important to save the Amazon jungle than believe in ancient secrets from that jungle.
DISCLAIMER: I take full responsibility for calling Lovelock's theories regarding the efficacy of biochar a silver bullet and simplifying and exaggerating what he has proposed. Dr. Lovelock is apparently a modest fellow, who has less faith in his own theories than even this heretic does. As for myself, I am less modest and have never hesitated to simplify because I am a simpleton and cannot do otherwise.
While preparing your flames, may I suggest you consider I did not suggest, intimate, opine, claim or otherwise say your sacred cow was not 100% pristine pure gold. I don't know and doubt you do. I agree he is very persuasive unlike our Thoress.
Rosie has only persuaded a pair of Jehovah's witnesses to leave while they contemplated how much work they have to do in this world of evil therefore assuring that we would not be saved. We fixed Rosie - so to speak. We had her teeth cleaned. Now she only shows her teeth to our mutant Dalmatian.