compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
... and as Jaron Lanier has said in his book - YOU ARE NOT A GADGET -
WE have to think about the digital layers we are laying down now in order
to benefit future generations. WE should be optimistic that civilization will
survive this challenging century, and put some effort into creating the
best possible world for those who will inherit our efforts.
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"BIN there, DUN that, got THE [T]shirt" so to speak, ever since my purchase of his first book, following [IT]'s launch at THE DESIGN CENTRE in London. I have indoctrinated all of my children and grandchildren with the efficacy of his masterpiece of Napolean's 'sojourn into Russia' and lent out on various occasions his first there books but have yet to get a copy of Beautiful Evidence.
Around 0.9 billion hectares (2.2 billion acres) of land worldwide would be suitable for reforestation, which could ultimately capture two thirds of human-made carbon emissions.
The Crowther Lab of ETH Zurich has published a study in the journal Science that shows this would be the most effective method to combat climate change.
The Crowther Lab at ETH Zurich investigates nature-based solutions to climate change. In their latest study, the researchers showed for the first time where in the world new trees could grow and how much carbon they would store.
Study lead author and postdoc at the Crowther Lab Jean-François Bastin explains: “One aspect was of particular importance to us as we did the calculations: we excluded cities or agricultural areas from the total restoration potential as these areas are needed for human life.”
The researchers calculated that under the current climate conditions, Earth’s land could support 4.4 billion hectares of continuous tree cover. That is 1.6 billion more than the currently existing 2.8 billion hectares. Of these 1.6 billion hectares, 0.9 billion hectares fulfill the criterion of not being used by humans. This means that there is currently an area of the size of the US available for tree restoration. Once mature, these new forests could store 205 billion tonnes of carbon: about two thirds of the 300 billion tonnes of carbon that has been released into the atmosphere as a result of human activity since the Industrial Revolution.