NEWS / VIEWS
BLOG: SCOTDESCO STEPS UP TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE
OpenForum | February 13, 2019
Scotdesco steps up to combat climate change (website)
“Trade increases the wealth and glory of a country; but its real strength and stamina are to be looked for among the cultivators of the land.”
Article by Gabriel Haros, founder and director of Greening The Earth.
Compulsory / Recommended Reading
December 24 2018
Climate deal falls short (article)
Negotiators said the agreement was the best that could have been expected given the limited agenda for the talks and the need for a global consensus.
Missed opportunity at climate talks (article)
Australia’s role undermined by its continued support for fossil fuels at home, say experts.
Sustainability is worth how much? (article)
Nature-based Solutions for Water
UN Water Development Report
This blog written by our Chairman (elect) Dr. John White was distributed on the Open Forum to the 10,000 person mailing list for Global Accesss Partners (GAP) on 14 December, 2018
GTE director (elect) Dr John Leake to address World Forum on global food and nutrition
December 5 2018
Greening the Earth Company director (elect) Dr John Leake has been invited to address 8th Annual World Congress of Food and Nutrition-2019 (WCFN-2019) in September next year in Qingdao, China.
WCFN-2019 will cover a wide rage area of Food and Nutrition research, regarding:
- Food Detection, Quality and Safety Control;
- Basic Research of Food Science,
- Advanced Food Biotechnology;
- Food Economy;
- Policy and Culture;
- Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods;
- Diet and Health;
- Special Food Research;
- Advances Nutrition Research;
- Human Nutrition through Life Courses, and
- Nutrition and Disease Management.
Dr. Leake’s address will relate to ways forward for drylands, focusing on bio-diversity with significant references to Greater Central Asia, including the drylands of North and North West China; fringe irrigation areas and how the World can address degradation by impacting positively on the ecology of these areas; including the poverty of those who live there.
Dr. Leake’s address will offer significant contributions to mitigation of climate impacts through the increase in biological activity in soils and improved productivity from carbon sequestration (such as the Greening the Earth Program) for changes in range management, enhanced biodiversity, income earning opportunities; better use of water resources for vegetation, animals and overall improving the lifestyles of the inhabitants.
SOWING SEEDS FOR FUTURE
The Australian | November 7, 2018
Non-Flat Earth Recalibrated for Terrain and Topsoil
Robert J. Blakemore | Soil Syst. September 24, 2018
Robert’s paper in the September issue of Soil Systems journal shows that prior calculations of the landed surface of the earth and SOC stocks were largely based on assumptions of the Earth being “conventionally flat.” However, new research using topographic data based on “direct empirical estimates of compiled satellite/LiDAR data” has both tripled the estimate of the actual landed surface of the earth and quadrupled the estimate of soil organic carbon stocks to a depth of 1 meter – from about 2000 billion tons (gigatons) to over 8000 gigatons.
This is actually good news for Greening the Earth supporters because this demonstrates considerably greater potential for drawdown in soil than even previously estimated. The 4p1000 initiative is specifically mentioned.
It is now clear that the “emissions gap” that the 4p1000 initiative was initially set to compensate for, can be achieved with even a 1 per 1000 increase in SOC, and thus, we could rename the program, 1p1000. Of course, we would still like to see a 4 per 1000 increase, but this measure is no longer even necessary – even a 1 part per 1000 increase would serve the purpose. Nonetheless, of course, we still need to do everything we can, with haste. But it is good to know that the soil reserve is greater than we thought.
View the full text, abstract and conclusion here
1 VermEcology, 101 Suidomichi, Nogeyama, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 231-0064, Japan
2 Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History, Odawara nr. Hakone, Kanagawa-ken 247-0007, Japan