Steven & Iv discuss that Business insider have recently published an article stating the obvious, that it is now impossible for humans to utilise geoengineering in the form of planting trees to save us, as we simply can’t grow enough trees to capture the necessary amount of co2 that could help us meet the Paris agreement goals.
Annually we emit about 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide alone, ignoring the other greenhouse gasses, and it’s a pretty much established fact, despite what Donald Trump might be telling you about his hair spray, that human caused climate change is messing up the planet to the point of no return.
It seems obvious to me that planting trees would never be a solution, trees are not a permanent carbon sink, if planting trees was in anyway a viable solution we would need to be talking about the rate of planting exceeding the rate of both decaying / destroyed trees and co2e of ghg emissions produced by us. It doesn't take a mathematician to intuit that this would require an exponential level of planting each year and we'd quickly run out of space.
I’m going to take a leap here and question how realistic is it then, given then, and I’m citing here another article from theconversation.com that out of 116 scenarios consistent with a 2 degree Celsius rise, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 101 of those 116 scenarios require the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere during the second half of this century, in addition to the large emission reductions required.
So if we already know trees are of zero help, how the fuck do we go about removing all this excess carbon from the atmosphere?! I know we’ll just activate the weather modification net and that will solve all our problems, sorry I was getting Star Trek muddled up with reality there. Everything I learnt I learnt from Star Trek after all.
So not only do we not have the technology to do this, we don’t have the land to site these imaginary technologies on, let alone the land to plant actual trees that actually exist.
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