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New Tree Species Solution23-11-2013 00:17
JamesNewell
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This method would remove a substantial fraction of the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but other methods would be required as well because this fraction by itself wouldn't be enough.

Planting trees is a widely recommended method, but since so much land is needed to grow food, only a limited number of square miles/kilometers of land can be planted in trees at the moment. Further, as the world population grows, some of those trees would be cut down to grow food on those pieces of land.

However, if we decided to grow all our food and fiber on trees, then all the grassland and field crop land could be planted with trees, which would take much more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, while still feeding people.

We could develop new species of trees which produced grains in large easy to harvest clusters, and some larger produce which would have the same properties as grains but be a couple of inches/ several centimeters, in diameter. We could also develop new tree species which produced legumes and other vegetables, which produced cotton fibers, and so forth, until we had trees which could grow in various climates and produce everything we need in the food and fiber areas.

The research and development wouldn't be as expensive as many other climate solution methods. At present, a single plant breeder with a few assistants can develop several new plant varieties in a lifetime.

Therefore, if the programs were very efficient, it would probably only require a few tens of billions of American dollars to develop all the new tree species and varieties we would need.

However, programs aren't always administered efficiently. So I will estimate that even if the programs weren't administered very well, it still would not require more than a couple of hundred billion dollars total over a period of time.

Now the gross world product is running at about 60 trillion dollars per year. Two hundred billion dollars total would therefore only be about one third of one percent of a single year's gross world product.

That would be very inexpensive compared with both the size of the world economy, and the massive amount of good the program would do.

Jim
08-12-2015 12:58
Andy
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If we pump seawater onto a desert perimeter, would vegetation begin to root? If so, what if the Sahara was transformed into a dense forest, would that remove our CO2 problem? And why aren't we already doing this? The rising sea level could spill into the dry pockets of our planet, sparing island nations and seacoasts, while increasing our green footprint.
08-12-2015 13:12
IBdaMann
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Andy wrote:If so, what if the Sahara was transformed into a dense forest, would that remove our CO2 problem?

What CO2 problem do we have? Too little? What?

Andy wrote: And why aren't we already doing this?

For the same reason we aren't spreading peanut butter on interstate overpasses.

Andy wrote: The rising sea level could spill into the dry pockets of our planet, sparing island nations and seacoasts, while increasing our green footprint.

A fictitious rising sea level cannot actually spill anywhere in this reality.


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08-12-2015 19:22
Into the Night
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Andy wrote:
If we pump seawater onto a desert perimeter, would vegetation begin to root?


It's a good way to prevent vegetation from taking root ever again there. Look at the salt lakes of the world. There is generally nowhere for the water to go. Nothing grows near them. They become barren hardpans.

Salt Lake City only survived because of the fresh water available from the Wasatch mountain range, which they use to irrigate with. It is the same with any other community living near a salt lake.

Salt is poisonous to plant life when concentrated in this way.


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