Egypt Discovers It can Grow Forrests

Germans and Egyptians are working to use sewage water to irrigate new forrests in the desert. Trees grow four times as fast.

Another example how deserts need not be barren and empty

“Chris Reij, a Dutch geographer who’s been working in the region for thirty years, says farmers in Niger alone have grown an estimated 200 million trees. “This is probably the largest environmental transformation in the Sahel, if not in Africa. There are fifteen to twenty times more trees than there were in 1975, which is completely opposite of what most people tend to believe.” Source

The man of the forrest

Maximize Life to reduce CO2 Emissions

We reasoned that if we are going to survive the evolutionary challenge of climate change, we need as much variety of individuals of every plant and animal species we can bring to thrive right now. Now reseach backs us up, not because more individual living creatures mean more to select from for survival, but simply because animals drive CO2 sequestration, their existence reduces CO2 emissions.

“What we’re finding is, when we start looking, that animals have an incredible potential to shape how much carbon is taken up by ecosystems,” said Oswald J. Schmitz, a professor of ecology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.”

The term ecosystem was invented to highlight the interdependence between plant and animal species. Cows fertilize the land, the land feeds the cows, all kinds of opportunistic organisms found a niche and sometimes they can become essential, like bees for pollination (those that are now being wiped out by the use of non degrading pesticides)

“Sea otters have a very strong effect on the abundance of kelp through the influence they have on sea urchins”

We should work to restore and bring about ecosystems where they are damaged or where there is none to begin with now. That way we will sequester CO2, slow down warming and make the planet habitable for more species in bigger regions where deserts encroached.

The Global Life Imperative

Life is being wiped from our planet by the actions of fossil fuel companies at incredible speed. Millions of acres of forrest die off in Canada, US. Magrove regions in Australie die of  high temperatures and acidification. Drought is stiking in Africa and elswhere. All this was predicted.

Maximize life to survive the maximation of fossil expansion

We need to start growing life more agressively to counter the trend. Economic considerations restrict action, because to start, land has a price. To follow, most projects require investment. This puts banks in  charge, and banks don’t want us to go 100% renewables, because it will reduce their profits and control over us greatly.

Something needs to happen though, and action is needed. So lets push for action, for more trees where we can, for irrigation where we can, for cheap ionic desalination instead of economically attractive (expensive, wastefull) RO desalination. Lets not accept anyone that denies climate change in charge of anything. Let’s not accept people to say it is ‘too expensive’ or ‘later maybe’ for action, lets take action now.

We have the technology, but banks are not winner in this transition, and they resist.

We are working to progress the introduction of new technolgy by promoting it and actually creating examples. It can be done but we need to cooperate. To that end we are developing a climate coin, one that you can buy to fund our project, and then get a return once we attract other sources of support. We can grow and promote more action, and we need to.

Life will not win if we don’t fight for it. We are representatives of life as we know it.

The dryest, deadest, remotest places can become green because we have technology to make them green. But we must put focus on these solutions, not on the mounting problems. Help us do that, spread our message and become supporter/follower of our actions.

 

 

Thinking outside the Tax Box

The above argument of  Darlette Scruggs with Niel Cavuto shows very clearly how the US media is a for profit operation. Darletta points that out in the end. A government should not be a for profit operation, just like parenting shouldn’t. Of course one can expect people to take care of themselves within their capacity, and government should not be involved in everything, but failing to provide basic services after a century of fossil glut is embarrasing.

The argument is to raise taxes on the super rich, the 0.01 percentile, who don’t pay taxes as normal citizen because of their ability to use legal loopholes like where exposed in the #panamapapers recently. Taxing them more could still mean taxing them less than normal citizen. Another source of money making extreme sense is that of the US pensions, which are now funneled into the slave system called private prisons.

Private prisons are the largest manufacturers in the US, they pay the workers very little, and corrupt judges to get easy to handle juvenile slaves. The three strike law (meaning you get long jail sentences also for three minor offences) work like the sins in chuch : You are highly likely to sin in some way or other, and all the guilt about it is money in the bank.  Instead pensions should invest in renewables, which are a continuous source of wealth one can base a society on that does not depend on other countries (which need to be controlled by military threat).

Niel got caught when he used Greece as an example of runaway public spending on education and healthcare, because Germany does exactly the same. The whole EU is socialist in that sense, it got touched by the two world wars and recognized that keeping people decent and well educated was the best way to maintain peace. Holland is slipping in that respect following the US model of endebted students.

Darletta is completely right, but she could do better regarding the tax arguments : If the needs of students can be met then taxes are not necessary. This does not have to come out of the general economy (even though it should) but could come out of independently created sources of renewable energy. By building and selling those sources, including wind, solar farms, forrests etc. one can use the continuos returns to fund education, healthcare. This is where the pension money should be going. Only one generation would have to invest, and all the next would not burden society with the cost of education (or pensions).


Promo video for prison skilled labour. Unbelievable quotes..

This type of solution is total martian to a person like Niel Cavuto that doesn’t believe in a world independent of money. Darletta will probably see this easily. It is the young that desire to be knowledgable, that want to be free and able to shape society, that hate that college cost have been raised to senseless levels, similar to real estate, simply to capture a generation and make it powerless.

A solution we have been thinking about is to convert all debt of students in a generational currency. This would mean that if you want the services of the present students you will have to buy a currency to pay them with. The rate of this currency would float, but they are presold to fund life in University. This would turn around the student debt system to work for students, not banks, because high talent students seeking high value education would be better funded than those that did less interesting or usefull things (which may or may  not have to be expensive by the way). The general public would be able to influence what kind of education was explored, so that for instance one would have more renewable energy experts and less accountants.

All in all students and all other young people being educated should look in boycotting the banks, boycotting a system that is not future proof, that will leave them in a scene of Soylent Green or worse  still : debters prison run by Prison Corp. Time to act and react is now.

The billion dollar prison industry is more like a murder and abuse machine according to below report.

A Serious Fossil Exit Strategy

Call it the #climatecharter

The COP21 Paris agreement is wanting for attention and enforcement. It is no surprise that’s very slow to arrive, because we live in a fossil credit economy. Most of our lifestyles are dependent on the use of fossil fuel, whether we are travel agent, car dealer, farmer or own a restaurant, it’s all still cheaper with fossil fuels. Banks depend on the fossil credit cashflow in order to take their cut of whatever is being traded, and to keep their power. This power is in a perpetual process of consolidation, now most notably by demonizing cash, since only when all carbon credit is virtual can you really control this system, and can you control everyone operating in it.

This can’t stand. we can’t survive this situation. We will be inundated, dried out, see our oceans die and turn toxic, and all the harzardous activities like nuclear and chemical plants will be insecure in a world trying to deal with catastrophy after catastrophy. To retreat is to lose this battle, we need to attack, and this requires us to sacrifice.

Our awe with the central banks, with the neat people of the oil companies, with all that is presented as ‘Big’ is misplaced and inappropriate. It is proof or our need for trust and be protected, because most of us are weak. We are weak when we are children, we are weak when we are old. We are weak because we are supposed to cooperate, and some that have turned this weakness in an agressive drive to protect themselves are not cooperating. Shell may be looking into wind energy like it’s a cadaver they will have to carry around. That type of lackluster smearing unenthousiasm is not going to cut it. We should not expect it. We should not wait for it.

Energy is a basic requirement for all of us. Soon we will see millions die because they can’t grow food, can’t access water, can’t make water with energy or trade something they make for that energy and water harvesting equipment. For some (and this is a controversial claim) this is an opportunity for eugenics and land grab. Less people less pollution. Once you accept that not humans are equal (like those in the fossil industry clearly do, as they protect their ‘lifestyle’ at the cost of the lives of billions of creatures today and in the future), all bets are off. You can calculate on a napkin exactly how much you need to lose. The cloud will provide the data, it’s what happend before in WOI, the Napoleontic wars, in every resource war, those that die are no longer a burden, those that live apparently earned it. This is the unempathic train of thought, one that we certainly not support, but that is certainly out there. It is a losing strategy because it prevents effective climate action.

A serious fossil exit strategy that does not involve war and catastrophy goes something like this : The US, China, Russia and the UN convene in Geneva or some other neutral place and decide that:

  1. Human rights of food, water and shelter are aknowledged and equal protection in all the regions is the starting point. Patents and other protections that prevent equal access will no longer be enforced.
  2. All fossil reserves will come under a central authority, including also Clathrate methane, Tundra methane (not considered fossil). oil, coal, gas and peet or high carbon containing soil like is found in the tropics.
  3. All non essential fossil requiring production processes will be halted for a period of ten years. This includes flights, cruises, production/use of fertilizer (phased out asap).
  4. Every region will get solar panel, solar thermal, wind turbine and battery factories. Geothermal well drilling will be provided for free, the fuels needed will be taken out of the reserves.
  5. Transition of essential production processes to renewables will be priority nr. 1. This includes the production of renewable energy sources.
  6. Renewables (floating wind and solar farms) will be exanded to our oceans to create artificial habitats (using deep ocean nutrients) which will be expanded to the largest possible size, providing food and storing carbon.
  7. All land is free for anyone who wants to work on using it without fossil input, sequestion carbon, planting forests. The use can be ‘Extraeconomic’ meaning not for trade, only for carbon sequestration and sustainance of the workers. For that purpuse renewable energy sources will be provided for free. Expansion into deserts and barren regions will be supported.
  8. Money is created by the tax office, and given in a fair part to whomever produces energy in the form of electricity, gas, food, depending on how much secondary production this energy will allow, and in a fair part to its civil servants/institutions. This way there is always exactly the right amount of money and there is no credit.
  9. The goal is to reduce atmospheric CO2, to eliminate CO2 (greenhouse gas) emissions from human sources and preventable natural sources, To maximize the amount and variety of biomass on Earth.
  10. All armies protect this process. People that do work that is important for other people’s lives get rewarded in relative terms by the regional tax office.
  11. Local communities will be encouraged to create beauty and foster a variety of plants and animals as part of their culture and to ensure life offers evolution the widest variety of candidates.
  12. No change to this process untill CO2 drops below pre industrial levels.

This is what needs to happen. Also birth control and education, which will be much easier with VR and speech technlogy as it is now being developed. A lot of industry and industrial might will go away quickly if the above strategy is used, all the ‘Big’ corporations are protected by infinite amounts of fossil credit, and fossil credit will no longer be the property of banks to create at will. Doing the above will change a lot of lives, but it is necessary, because the economic process now expected to solve things will not, because it is fundamentally dependent on fossil fuels.

Climatebabes Plans for 2016

What are our plans for 2016? First of all to track news and tweet about it. Second of course to track technology and events and try to be there, take a look (content to be found on our website Greencheck.nl). We are thinking of starting a foundation to develop non profit driven technology that we need to take real action while our fossil ROI driven economy is still active. Technologies we want to see available for cheaply have to do with tree planting and irrigation, all very low tech.

We will try to keep track of all the real life climatebabes, but if you know any or want to highlight a project here then let us know. Podcasts and videos are also on the drawing board, as the medium of internet really is one of video.

Trip to Morocco

To see the big new CSP plants near Quazazarte, perhaps also test innovative wind turbine and CSP application for cheap construction.

Budget about 600 Euro

Trip to California

To see the Google Ivanpah CSP plants, to visit many sites and interview people about ideas and projects going on there, to visit the Tesla factory and drive a Tesla model S and model X. To find climatebabes where we can! Perhaps visit Solar City to learn about their own solar panels, visit the Tesla Giga factory.

Budget about 2500,- Euro

Trip to other sites and cities

Carbon Terrorism

Update : See below graph from @climategroup (link)

There is a threat menacing our society. Every country has at least several thousand people actively ensuring citizens will come to harm every day, not in sleeper cells but in well lit offices. The death toll is probably the highest of all threats we face for which we can point at agents that make sure they remain. It is not terrorists we should fear, but these people. The people driving the fossil fuel economy.

Where terrorists are hunted down and everyone pays into a system of surveillance that nobody seems to have real control over, the fossil fuel terrorist that are driving life on Earth towards a massive extinction walk free. They cause more deaths today, than any terrorist organization. They should be causing massive panic and desperate acts around the globe. But they have one trump card over us : They sell us something we need. This however does not give them the right to decide whether they will continue to do so. We decide that.

Ways to die from fossil fuels are numerous, we are already dying and suffering from its effects. Just to mention a few :

  1. Air quality deaths run in the hunderds of thousands worldwide
  2. Fuel fires kill thousands of drivers each year
  3. Pollution, plastic ingestion, methane flaring, fracking causes cancer and other health problems in thousands of people each year
  4. Species are wiped out by economic development that only work because fossil fuel is available to execute it
  5. Poverty caused by automation driven by a desire to minimize fossil fuel expenses is causing deaths because poor people can’t afford good medical care
  6. Chemical spills and fires cause health problems and long term problems.
  7. Etc etc.

Terrorism of Al Quida and IS are visible, scary and tragic, but no match for this onslaught on humanity from the people that protect the use of fossil fuels.

We should be spending at least as much on phasing out fossil fuels as we spend on fighting terrorism.

Why don’t we? For several reasons. First of all the existing companies think it is cool to make money on trying to fight terrorism. Also there is a long history of surveillance, few know the NSA was born around the time telegraphy entered the scene. The political divisions and near criminal nature of US politics drive a desire for non-military security. Companies and corporations can operate like states within the state or above states and run their own surveillance, spying, detective, infiltration and security operations. These companies are about the bottom line, so they are 100% ok with the fossil fuel based economic model.

Allowing fossil fuels to dominate costs lives and money which could be used to phase it out

Fighting terrorism is a way to empower and secure the fossil fuel domination, because you can’t organize anymore without being known. The number of right wing pro fossil fuel saboteurs in green organizations is shocking, but it folllows the simple model of having right wing politicians in left wing parties. First tennant is to hold the economy in high esteem, from this it follows one will support and protect the fossil fuel industry.

About carboncredit :

It is always necessary to mention that banks can have no say in this, they do not decide policy. If we have the resource to take action, taking away fossil fuels from wastefull activities and directing them towards the phase out, this is to happen. Banks are distributers of fossil credit, nothing more. Their power comes not from their personal strength,  but the mental power they have over others that do not get how money is just a way to access fossil fuels (and through that any product made with fossil fuels). This mutual dependence of the fossil fuel sector and the banking sector is what we call the carboncredit system.

 

 

 

 

Refugee Academies

Europe has more than a million refugees trying to find wealth and safety in its busom. Policies towards them differ but most are surprisingly welcoming. Almost all countries take a position that the refugees are here to stay, mostly because they know they need labour to replace a greying population. Some are allowing them to work or do menial chores while they are in temporary shelters, others don’t driving them insane with boredom.

Most countries these people come from are either at war or very poor. The wars over fossil fuels in the middle east will wage for some time to come. Whatever the state of these countries, they could do with some brain power in the direction that is beneficial to the region. All kinds of migration drain exactly those with initiative and guts to change things for the better.

To me it is surprising that refugees are treated as potential permanent residents. The starting point should be that all refugees return to whence they came, as soon as there is as this is safe. If not then it makes most sense that they stay as close to whence they came as possible. Simply because the dislocation is enormous. Turkey has now changed its lawy to allow migrants to work there. In the case of syrians Turkey is accepting way more refugees than any other ‘European’ country.

Do we want to send people back without any skills that can indirectly benefit us?

We think the starting point should be : A refugee returns home.  This has as a consequence we can build a lastig positive relationship by preparing the refugees for their future in their home countries. What are the skills needed in the new Syria, in the Africa dealing with it’s certain calamities (like 50% reduced precipitation in the next 4 years according to optimistic predictions )? What people do these countries need? Why not start three kinds of refugee academies, combined with refugee compounds akin to the kubbutz camps which where the way Israel dealt with it’s immigrants as it grew (and appropriated palestine lands) in the last five decades.

Development of renewable sources is a primary solution to the problems of climate change, whether it is to replace emission intensive technology or driving restoration of dried out land without perpetual fuel costs. Agriculture and economics are other skills that can be tought. Of course this kind of education may not be to the liking or ability of all, just like we have different levels of education, and some may not be able to deal socially with their situation (or be criminal or agressive). But those with ambition and a desire to have a better future wherever it is , should be offered a better fate then waiting around.

The Syrian crisis has been caused by climate change, because the pressure of people moving to the cities because the heat made farming impossible was one of the factors that destabilized the country. Teaching them to deal with the drought and fight it will ultimately benefit everybody, the more biomass we have going the better. The climate problem could be neutralized with tree planting alone. At the same time tech for growing in the desert is available.

 

 

Water Mules

Our planet is drying up. It’s a major problem for agriculture in f.i. Africa, but also because carbon, stored in the ground, will oxidize faster, forrests will light up in flames easier and animals won’t find anything to drink.

There are many solutions, one of the easiest is to plant forrests where the land is dry and barren. This can be done using special rain useage optimizing like the waterbox above. Trees can cause water to circulate locally so ensure that dry areas become more hospitable to life.

Our deserts and oceans will need to help us deal with the explosive increase in CO2 and subsequent rising temperatures. What if the rise is not gradual, but shockwise? Action needs to be fast and cheap.

One way to think of this problem is  ”How to get water to where it is needed, where it is not.” Obviously piping it would be an option, but is that the cheapest one. Another is making sure rain water sinks into the local soil, which is not something that occurs naturally because floods create channels draining the water away from where it falls. Some very dry places have flash floods some times a year. Peter Westerveld’s idea of contour trenching shows how a bit of landscaping can change the utility of very little annual rain.


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One method of watering the landscape can be to simply carry it. The innovation we see today, that of electric vehicles and of autonomous driving, can go a long way in making sure trees grow and remain alive for as long it takes for them to find groundwater. It is not very complex technology and because the so called ‘Water Mules’ are electric, they would be able to run on solar.

just add water..

We are thinking about another technology that can bring water to arid places, but this mule can be a low cost, incremental growth approach, also because speed is not really needed, so once you have a truck size of water rolling you need only little solar energy to keep it rolling. Also narrow paths can be carved out (even created by autonomous vehicles) and the optimal planting and growing strategy (the one that creates the most self supporting effect) be adopted.


Native Neem trees in a desert plantation..

Tree planting is needed, even while we are cutting down rainforrest for palm oil at record speed, and can be very effective to absorb CO2. We need the surface because we have diluted the CO2 in the atmosphere, it is not easy to catch like it is close to the exhaust of a car. It is like dropping ink in a swimming pool, how do you get the stuff out? How do you make a significant difference? We need to increase life on Earth if we want to give evolution a chance to survive the changes we see today. Watermules may be one of the tools to do that..