Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. "

What do we need most on our planet?
Trees clean the air we breath.
And where we have huge land?
A team of researchers has come up with a simple plan to halt global warming: all we need to do is turn both the Sahara and the Australian outback into vast, shady forests.
If most of the Sahara and Australian outback were planted with fast-growing trees like eucalyptus, the forests could draw down about 8 billion tons of carbon a year–nearly as much as people emit from burning fossil fuels and forests today. As the forests matured, they could continue taking up this much carbon for decades.
Illusion is a horse that more than one can ride.
This would be achieved with huge desalinization plants on the North African and Australian coastlines to convert sea water to fresh water, and a system of aqueducts and pumps to move the water inland. The young forests would be nourished with drip irrigation to prevent water loss through evaporation, and the sandy wastelands would change into endless groves of heat-tolerant, tropical trees like eucalyptus.

This would be a nice and painless way to go on polluting...

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