The Ethics of Climate Change: Geoengineering and Geotherapy

Geoengineering strategies, from the extreme to the sustainable. Photo by University of Leeds Climate change is an unprecedented human-made disaster that raises unprecedented questions about what we humans should do. The status quo is not a viable option, but there are several different ways we could approach the problem of climate change. One style of approach, known as geotherapy, identifies the root cause of the problem as a failure to understand the balances that naturally keep the climate stable, or that kept it stable before the industrial revolution. Industry ...

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Bill Holmberg’s profound impact on those who knew him (1928 – 2016)

Bill Holmberg with intern Laura Brenner Kimes at an ACORE event   We were incredibly privileged to have Bill Holmberg on our board of directors from the very beginning in 1995 until his passing on September 8, 2016. Bill was a major advocate and pioneer for renewable energy in Washington, D.C. In honor of Bill’s extraordinary career and contribution from war hero to environmental advocate, we would like to share reflections from those who knew and worked with him. From former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle: I have known Bill Holmberg ever since I came to ...

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Book Review – Rocks for Crops

In the book Rocks for Crops, agrogeology is defined as the “study of geological processes that influence the distribution and formation of soils and the application of geological materials in farming and forestry systems as means of maintaining and enhancing soil productivity for increased social, economic and environmental benefits,” or as Professor Peter Van Straaten aptly puts it: geology in the service of agriculture. Professor van Straaten has been one of the leading figures in agrogeology for more than 30 years. He has carried out numerous geological studies ...

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Agrogeology: Geology in the Service of Agriculture

Prof. William Fyfe: Photo from the Earth Science Department of University of Western Ontario.   Farmers have long recognized the importance of soil health in delivering bountiful harvests and nutritious food. A healthy soil hosts a diverse community of microorganisms and provides an array of nutrients; it requires aeration and sufficient water supply for plants.[2] Yet soils around the world are increasingly degraded by poor land management and industrial agriculture. Fortunately, solutions to this problem can be found in agrogeology. Agrogeology is “geology ...

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Agroecology: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainable Agriculture

Driving across the nation, one is frequently greeted with monotonous farmlands growing only one or two types of crops. This landscape is the product of industrial agriculture: large-scale, external input-reliant production systems favoring human-imposed control over nature. In the past few decades this type of production has taken over much of the agriculture in the United States and is also a common mode of production in many other parts of the world. It has been implicated as the driving factor of a plethora of social and environmental problems, such as eutrophication ...

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Soil: The Foundation of Mineral Nutrition and Optimal Health

The FAO recently published a great infographic in the link between soil health-plant health-human health, the basis of mineral nutrition.  Animal scientists and veterinarians have known this for years and I have been studying the importance of soil mineral nutrition for almost 2 decades. In 2004, I was fortunate to spend time with Dr. Joel Wallach, a veterinarian and naturopathic doctor when he was lecturing in Australia.  This meeting brought to life the intricate link between soil health-plant health-human health.  I was able to interview him at that time and ...

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Restoring CO2 to Safe Levels to Avoid Severe Climate Change Impacts

Excelsior's Pathway in Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Halley Pacheco de Oliveira, used under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license.   We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it. President Barack Obama   This is a review of Chapter 2, “Global biogeochemical restoration to stabilize CO2 at safe levels in time to avoid severe climate change impacts to Earth’s life support systems: Implications for the United Nations Framework Convention on ...

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Review of Geotherapy Preface: Profiles of Richard Grantham

  This is part of an ongoing series of reviews, beginning with the preface and followed by chapter reviews in the weeks to come. The book Geotherapy: Innovative Methods of Soil Fertility Restoration, Carbon Sequestration, and Reversing CO2 Increase is primarily about the science of geotherapy and its application. It presents the theories behind soil remineralization, biochar, and agroecology, among other concepts. It presents the evidence supporting those theories. It presents the results of applying these techniques in the field. Along with the science, it ...

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Explore Geotherapy with the Remineralize the Earth Geotherapy Blog

  Welcome to the Remineralize the Earth’s Geotherapy Blog, a resource of news, reviews, and information about geotherapy. Geotherapy is a down to earth, effective approach to addressing the climate crisis. It emphasizes addressing the source of the problem, and it focuses on existing techniques that have already been shown to work. This blog is a companion to, and extension of, the book Geotherapy: Innovative Methods of Soil Fertility Restoration, Carbon Sequestration, and Reversing CO2 Increase (edited by Thomas J. Goreau, Ronal W. Larson, and Joanna Campe; ...

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