Wonder add-ons

These final two images (april & june) were add-ons to the series after questions were asked on how to mitigate these impactful changes we are setting off through negligence.

Biochar (April) is one solution to suppress carbon release. If you visit the Amazon basin you will find an intact layer of charcoal in the soil roughly the size of France. Biochar has been shown to be stable in soils for up to 2000 years. That is an order of magnitude longer than any other carbon storage technology.that has been used in the Amazon Basin 2000 in the past.

Biochar is made using a process called pyrolysis. During pyrolysis, biomass is heated in the absence of oxygen. When biomass is pyrolyzed, many of the nutrients (N,P,K) necessary for fertile soils are conserved in the biochar. By mixing biochar into degraded soils, farmers can help to fight GHGs while reducing their demand on traditional fertilisation techniques.

Algae Biofuels (june) is another potential solution. Algae, that green scum that grows in your pool when you forget to chlorinate it, can contain more than 50 percent lipids (fat). By feeding algae with nutrient-rich water (wastewater treatment plant effluent, for example) and carbon dioxide (the climate change-causing emissions from power plants) and exposing them to warmth and sunlight, they multiply rapidly. The lipids can then be extracted easily and used to create biodiesel fuel, which can replace or be mixed with regular diesel. The remaining material can be used as cattle feed, burned as a biomass fuel, or processed into methane by small organisms.

What could be better than a plant-based solution that uses waste materials (dirty water and CO2) and renewable resources (sunlight) to create both a transportation fuel and a heating fuel? Not much, which is why algae holds so much promise.

These two works provide visual cues to support conversations in making a change to support the damage that is accelerating to cataclysmic results.

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