THE BRIDGE

SOIL & WATER MANAGEMENT - A BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE

As with all systems we must keep clear the passage of travel - the heart pumps blood, but the arteries and veins need to be clear to allow flow - any blockage and the body breaks down.

The same applies to the planet - the planet's carbon heart pumps carbon from gas to liquid to solid - we dig it up, burn it and release the energy into gas - and to work properly - to flow - the passagefor CO2 needs to be clear.

A blockage will cause a build up of CO2 in the atmosphere - because it has no other place to go. The sea is filling and more CO2 will make it acidic. The sky is filling, that's warming - and the ground is dry [again note: without carbon in the soil, soil cannot absorb water] and according to Dr Rattan Lal Director Carbon Management and Sequestration Center/FAES, OARDC The Ohio State University. "Actions that improve soil and water quality, enhance agronomic productivity and reduce net emissions of greenhouse gases are truly a win-win situation. It is true that soil sequestration is a short-term solution to the problem of gaseous emissions. In the long term, reducing emissions from the burning of fossil fuels by developing alternative energy sources is the only solution. For the next 50 years, however, soil sequestration is a very cost-effective option, a "bridge to the future" that buys us time in which to develop those alternative energy options." 

Any electrical engineer or school kid interested in electronics could guess, when there's too much heat generated by the circuit... "we need a heat sink". The term Carbon Sink is well known and essentially is a heat sink, but in this case WaterSinks™ will also cool the planet and at the same time restore a healthy eco system.


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SOIL CARBON SEQUESTRATION
BY AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY LAND USES
TO MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE

TESTIMONY OF Rattan Lal
Director Carbon Management and Sequestration Center/FAES, OARDC
The Ohio State University Columbus, OH 43210
http://epw.senate.gov/108th/Lal_070803.htm || local PDF

Rattan Lal Carbon Management and Sequestration




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