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Sensational TED Talk on Reclaiming Land, Reducing CO2, gets Standing Ovation

From A bridge in the climate debate – How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change

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This is one of the most important posts ever on WUWT, it will be a top “sticky” post for a few days, and new posts will appear below this one during that time.

22 minute youtube version

Shorter video version (11 min) is here.

Longer video version (58 min) is here

“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it’s happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes — and his work so far shows — that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

The pictures are stunning, and the speaker/researcher, Allan Savory, tells us about an instance where productivity from introducing 25,000 sheep, into some area of Patagonia (that had been turning into desert) plus planned grazing (apparently there’s actually somewhat sophisticated math or science involved in optimizing the grazing patterns), where productivity went up 50% the first year.

Finally, Savory concludes by telling us that if half of the world’s grasslands were managed as he suggests, the grasslands would store enough carbon to reduce atmospheric CO2 to pre-industrial levels. (Personally, I don’t think that’s a good thing, but is probably part of the reason why Savory got a standing ovation.)

I haven’t taken time to listen to the longer broadcast, nor look for transcripts or written articles by Savory, but would suggest that somebody else do so, and post more extensive diaries.

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