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  •  Closing the Loop (9+ / 0-)

    Our agriculture and energy cycles are not sustainable. They are open-loop. We take out carbon from the soil, fossils and water, and then release it into our paper-thin atmosphere.  If we do not close the loop, by placing that carbon back into the soil to prevent its release into the atmosphere,  we will hit the proverbial wall sooner rather than later, within the next 25 to 50 years at current consumption.

    If the methane pools in the deep oceans and the unrotted plant material (stored carbon) permafrosts release due to excess carbon in the atmosphere, game over. We are cooked. Goodbye Earth climate, hello Venus climate.

    The ONLY way to keep the planet cool enough after 50 years from today is to stop releasing carbon into the atmosphere. We need to capture it back out of the atmosphere by growing massive quantities trees and plants, then keeping their captured carbon out of the atmosphere by charring, burying, covering, "sequestering" the carbon. We can, over time, reduce the atmospheric carbon we have put there largely in the last 100 years.

    It is not too late, but soon it will be.

    Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

    by OregonOak on Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 10:16:08 AM PDT

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