Fertilização da Terra pela Terra | Earth Fertilizing Itself

Take a look at this exciting new video (with subtitles in English!) that has been released about the trajectory of remineralization/Rochagem in Brazil. The narration of Othon Leonardos in the beginning captures beautiful footage of the geological processes that show how rock minerals have fertilized soils since antiquity. Suzi Huff Theodoro shows how forests recycle nutrients and the importance of organic matter, particularly in the Amazon. She takes us on a tour to Sitio Semente, an agroforestry farm just outside of Brasilia in the midst of degraded lands, a virtual ...

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Geotherapy on a Fast Track?

This is adapted from the blog of Benoit Lambert. Click here for the original version in French and English. According to Prof. Rattan Lal of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center at Ohio State University, the world’s cultivated soils have lost 50-70% of their original carbon stock, much of which has oxidized upon exposure to air, to become CO2. Yet the issues of land use, agriculture and forestry remain little discussed by international bodies on climate issues. Nonetheless science has been telling us for a while there is no coming out of the climate-wa...

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Othon Leonardos Receives Prestigious Brazilian Award

Othon Leonardos RTE would like to congratulate Professor Othon Henry Leonardos, for his recognition as a researcher and pioneer of remineralization in Brazil. Through Othon’s pioneering research and projects with Suzi Huff Theodoro in the Quilombola communities and his work with indigenous communities, he has been dedicated to sustainability for many decades. Professor Suzi Huff Theodoro and Embrapa lead researcher Eder De Souza Martins who also continue to lead remineralization research and projects in Brazil, were his students. For myself, it has been a wonder...

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World Soil Day: December 5, 2016

Tom Goreau: Dr. Tom Goreau, keynote speaker at Tufts University's Biodiversity for a Livable Climate conference: “Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming,”  November 22nd, 2014. In November 2016, the Commonwealth Secretariat held a conference about its Initiative on Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change as part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. At that conference, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland asserted that “our priority is to move from agreement to action,” and called for "pioneering approaches" to climate ...

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Landmarks in Geotherapy

The Commonwealth at global climate talks.   Recent weeks might be seen in history as a turning point for the geotherapy movement. As Seth Itzkan of Soil4Climate explained at the Cambridge Climate Congress 2016, we now have two teams fighting global warming. They are not playing against one another, but rather attacking the problem from different angles: sources and sinks. In blue, we have the Sources team: those trying to build a low carbon economy, promoting renewable energies, electrification of transportation, new life style and urbanism, and green ...

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Olafur Eliasson’s Glacial Mud Art at Versailles

Olafur Eliasson. Glacial rock flour garden, 2016, glacial rock flour. Palace of Versailles, 2016.  Photo: Anders Sune Berg. Courtesy of the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York  © Olafur Eliasson. Remineralization and high art combine in a new major installation by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson. His previous work has crossed paths with remineralization before. The prime example is his work “Ice Watch”: during the 2015 COP 21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, he placed 12 car-sized chunks of Greenland glacier to melt at the Place ...

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Greenland’s Glaciers as Rock Dust Mills

After glacial rock flour is formed, glacial melting carries it to deltas like the one shown above. Photo by Minik Rosing.   The University of Copenhagen is studying glacial mud as a source of minerals for soil. There is more than one way to remineralize the Earth, as Minik Rosing and his team of researchers at the University of Copenhagen are showing. They have recently embarked on a three-year project in Greenland to study glacial mud for use in remineralizing depleted soils. The key ingredient is “glacial rock flour,” which forms when Greenland’s ...

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Third International Conference taking place in Brazil in November

Embrapa Temperate Climate Research Center in Pelotas - Lowland station. Three years after the Second Brazilian ‘Rochagem’ Congress in 2013, Remineralize the Earth’s executive director, Joanna Campe, has been invited once again to attend the Third Stonemeal Congress, to be held this year at the Embrapa Temperate Climate Research Center in Pelotas. RTE hopes to send V. Miranda Chase, coordinator for our online research database, to the four-day event from November 8-11, 2016. The conference will bring together individuals from all backgrounds - scientists, farmers, ...

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Check out the interviews with Joanna Campe and Don Weaver on 21st Century Radio

Joanna Campe, founder and executive director of Remineralize the Earth (RTE), and Don Weaver appeared on 21st Century Radio with Dr. Zohara Hieronimus in June. They shared exciting news about remineralization efforts around the world and their impact on agriculture, health, and climate. Joanna Campe has been networking and promoting remineralization since the mid-1980’s, and RTE was formed in 1995 as a nonprofit organization to assist in facilitating the global movement  and to focus on the potential of remineralization to address ecological, economic and ...

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Soil 4 Climate – Soils are Key to Reducing Carbon Emissions

Photo credit: Kroon Family     Many people have heard about the 350 movement to reduce carbon emission down to 350 ppm, but few have heard of the 4/1,000 or 4 per 1,000 initiative.[1] Started in France, the initiative aims to introduce agriculture as part of the solution for climate change by carefully managing land to restore carbon stock at an annual growth rate of 0.4%.[2] If every country were to do so, it would cut down annual atmospheric carbon dioxide by 75%. For more about the initiative, please visit 4 pour 1000. The role of soil as carbon ...

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