composting on an industrial scale (orange-peels paper)

A recent paper describes a dramatic example of tropical reforestation through low-effort composting.

Here is a link to an online version:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/rec.12565/full

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Rick Shankman's picture

Dave, this discussion of

Dave, this discussion of "restoration" to battle climate change is a very tricky one.  I'll explain.  To begin, consider this quote from those Biodiversity folks you mention...

"We work to remedy the information gap in mainstream climate advocacy which tells us that virtually the only practical effective action we can take is to reduce fossil fuel emissions.  There is another way....

Wise human management of the biosphere can undo the eco-mess we have created, and regenerate a planet that we can live on."

No Dave, you can't bioengineer a solution to climate change in the wake of fossil fuel's rate of destruction of the environment.  That's a clever distraction, but not going to help the problem.

"Regenerating  healthy global ecosystems – and moving gigatons of carbon from the atmosphere back into the soils on billions acres of degraded land – is the answer.  There is reason to believe that it’s possible to return to safe pre-industrial levels of atmospheric carbon in a matter of decades."

Uh, no it isn't.  Let's take a simple example, Louisiana...

Louisiana Disappearing: Living On The Brink Of Climate Change

Here is the USGS take on it... Louisiana Coastal Land Loss Simulation 1932-2050

Why is this true?  Because of fossil fuel's entry into the state.  The land there is experiencing "death from within and below."

See... Evolution of Oil and Gas Wells in Louisiana

This is why mitigation of emissions and legistlative control of the fossil fuel industry is THE ONLY WAY.  The Louisianna case is just one small example.  This guy below starts going around the country on Google Earth...

Google Earth Tour of Oil & Gas Wells, Pads and Impoundments

Hopefully you see my point.

Curt Newton's picture

Thanks for sharing this,

Thanks for sharing this, annag 42!  Do you have some personal connection to the research?

I note the conclusion of the abstract: 

Our results point to promising opportunities for valuable synergisms between agricultural waste disposal and tropical forest restoration and carbon sequestration.

Many people and organizations see great promise in reforestation (I'm thinking, for instance, of Drawdown's Land Use sector). How do you think we can get it moving at more substantial scale, in spite of so many population and agriculture pressures?