Farming is the fundamental key to removing Carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and giving back our Oxygen.
A UK-based development programme has shown that a wide range of urban and agricultural wastes can be recycled as fertilisers, to the exclusion of manufactured mineral fertilisers, to produce sustainable, high-yielding agriculture and increase bio-diversity and populations. The programme has shown how that technology can be used to develop sustainable worldwide agriculture and dramatically reduce irrigation requirements including in arid and desert soils. This, in turn, closes the loop on recycling potentially significant amounts of global Carbon dioxide by changing the hydrological cycle, and increasing the global soil Carbon sink and releasing Oxygen back to atmosphere. Click here.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 16 May 17
Global warming is destroying food production in central Africa. We had better be careful.
The news reports of starvation in central Africa are pitiful. But this is a picture of the human race not paying attention to its future. The devastation will not stop in central Africa unless we are much more active in heading off the crisis and it is not just a question of sending a bit of cash and feeding a few people. Logically (this will sound awful and it is), we should abandon the area (we will do that of course). We need to put our own house in order. Produce food at home right here in the UK whenever possible. Do it with much less energy. Stop building on farm land. Wind up production using wastes rather than fertilisers made using energy.
Remember one figure and think about it. 1 tonne of Nitrogen fertiliser (say 3 tonnes of ammonium nitrate) made in a modern, relatively efficient, USA factory, according to UN sponsored research, takes 21,000 KW hours of electricity to make it and deliver it.
We urgently need to change the way we do things and value farming and our future.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, March 2017
Nearly as impressive as “The Art of the Deal”.
Please would President Trump and every Member of both houses of the USA government read this. There is money in it for the USA economy and all its people.
Land Research Ltd 14 March 2017
Working from the bottom upwards; The earth beneath our feet is complex, we are in the early stages of developing energy sources which are not only “renewable” but also sustainable. Now look at the sky; think how much energy is needed to evaporate enough water to form a single cloud.
The science: The problem with ignorance is that it does not know what it does not know. Whatever we might think, the global biosphere is very complex. Think of the super-computers that are now being used to try to forecast the weather in the UK – not very easy because weather systems are very complex, global and involve enormous amounts of energy and atmospheric gases.
The bad news: When ice melts at the polar icecaps, sea levels rise on low level islands and people lose their homes or drown. As we produce more Carbon dioxide, coral reefs die. By the way, the Thames barrage is just about on its limit; if the wrong combination of moon (tides) and wind occurs, it may not be high enough – will not soon but we do not know exactly when.
The good news: I remain optimistic about our technological ability to slow down and hold the decline. There is some progress. What I am less optimistic about is whether our politicians, who because of democracy are inevitably interested in the next election, will do enough, fast enough – because it will involve some tough decisions.
Bill Butterworth 12th March 2016
PS If you are a gardener, try reading “How garden composting works” published by MX Publishing and set your garden soil alive.