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Erich J. Knight

Jul 29, 2014


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All practices which build Soil-Carbon are good, all political persuasions agree. Husbandry of the Wee-Beast beneath or feet, by our hooved-beast above ground, allied to aid the heavy climate lifting, an absolute must. If we replicate the Ecologic Services of the extinct megafauna, since 7 billion of us makes us the new Megafauna, then we could build back Soil Carbon with massive increases of Net Primary Production. An ecology not seen for 12,900 years. An Ecology not limited by Phosphorous, Sodium & lost Soil-C. A great synergy of the work restoring mine scarred lands & developing consumer, Horticultural & Agricultural markets. My favorite Best Practice for C-Sequestration is never to burn biomass carbon, but conserve it from oxidation. Biochar systems have so many market applications yet to be cultivated; "Carbon Fodder" feeds for Livestock, Plant Chemical Communications, (plant signaling), even Char building materials such as Biochar-Plasters which block Cellphone signals, the potential markets are massive. CoolPlanet's investors & CEOs project (assert) that they will be the first Trillion Dollar Company, based on their $1.50/Gal. cost to produce Bio-Gasoline. For a complete review of the current science & industry applications of Biochar please see my 2014 Soil Science Society of America Biochar presentation. How thermal conversion technologies can integrate and optimize the recycling of valuable nutrients while providing energy and building soil carbon, I believe it brings together both sides of climate beliefs. A reconciling of both Gods' and mans' controlling hands. Agricultural Geo - Engineering; Past, Present & Future Across scientific disciplines carbons are finding new utility to solve our most vexing problems 2014 SSSA Presentation; Agricultural Geo-Engineering; Past, Present & Future.

Climate Colab

Aug 5, 2014


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The idea of including sequestration in soils as a key part of climate solutions is valuable and interesting. The proposal, however, is not clear on how changing the conversation will actually happen. I don't know what the strategy is for changing the conversation is, just that the proposers think it should change. I really like where you are going with this; increasing attention to the importance of soils to addressing climate change. But it seems to me that the most important constituents whose behavior you have to change is farmers and ranchers. Yet, your proposal does not give special attention on how to access and change these communities. These is not small feat as many of them are rural, conservative constituents (and voters). How do you actually reach them? That is the question.