RTE To Biden: Remineralization, Other NETs Key To Reaching New GHG Reduction Targets

Negative emissions technologies (NETs), including soil remineralization, can play an important role in helping the U.S. achieve its plan of reducing net-GHG emissions by 50-52 per cent from 2005 levels before the end of the decade, suggests a letter signed by Remineralize the Earth (RTE), Methane Action and Climate Protection and Restoration Initiative executives. “We encourage global leaders to focus not only on emissions reductions, but also on adopting a robust program to assess, develop and deploy evidence-based NETs across the economy,” says Joanna Campe, execut...

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Rocking Glasgow: REMIN Aims to Highlight the Benefits of Remineralization at COP26

Together for our planet logo
If gardeners and farmers simply used a little rock dust, then it would contribute towards stabilizing climate change. That is a message Jennifer Brodie, technical director at REMIN (Scotland) Ltd., hopes to convey with a carbon capture garden when the United Kingdom plays host to the United Nations 26th Conference of the Parties in Glasgow, Nov. 1-12, 2021. “They’ll have acres of sophisticated technology on display [at COP26], including electric cars, solar panels and fancy windmills, and yet I truly believe the answer to climate change is right here under our ...

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XPrize Foundation to Award $100M for Climate Change Solutions

Elon Musk posing in front of a photo of the Earth and the XPrize logo
Earth Day 2021 will herald the beginning of the most ambitious XPrize yet, and this time, the target is climate change. The XPrize Foundation was founded in 1994 with the mission to explore new frontiers, unleash human potential, and secure a healthy planet. This year’s contest is no exception. Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation have offered $100M, the largest incentive in XPrize history, for the teams demonstrating the most effective carbon dioxide removal (CDR) strategies. The $100M will be split across multiple prizes: three top prizes of $50M, $20M, and $10M, ...

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The 10th Annual Soil and Nutrition Conference: Weaving Science and Wisdom

A speaker at a past Soil and Nutrition Conference
“The Soil and Nutrition Conference is a wonderful opportunity to learn, network, and make new friends while diving deeper into important concepts pertaining to consciousness, our ecosystem, quality food & water, and our future.” Lisa McCrory — Earthwise Farm & Forest (Text freely adapted from Soil and Nutrition Conference website and press materials.) Hosted by the Bionutrient Institute, the Soil & Nutrition Conference is one of the pre-eminent gatherings to explore the interconnectedness of fertile soils, thriving plants, and the health of humans and ...

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High School Student Brings Regenerative Agriculture to His Local Community

Logan Saenz, Mrs. Spencer, and community volunteers tend the Pembroke Park Agro-Eco Orchard. Logan Li Saenz, a senior at City of Pembroke Pines Charter High School in Hollywood, Florida, is passionate about many topics. He aspires to attend a college or university “up North” to study a mixture of physics, chemistry, and social justice issues dealing with student access to scientific education and challenging research opportunities. These issues hit close to home, as he is from a Hispanic family of Nicaraguan and Colombian descent. He has made a conscious effort to ...

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MIT’s New En-ROADS Simulator Gives Insight on the Impact of Remineralization on Climate

Dr. John Sterman presenting the En-ROADS Simulator
Dr. John Sterman presenting the En-ROADS Simulator. Rock weathering removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and remineralizing the soil with silicate rock dust can speed this process up, but just how much of an impact can enhanced rock weathering have on global climate change? To better understand the magnitude of the impact that remineralization could have on global climate change, we can turn to the En-ROADS simulator, developed by Climate Interactive, Ventana Systems, and MIT Sloan1. En-ROADS allows users to test scenarios that include changes in taxes, ...

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Hurricane Pummels Equinox Farm, but Remineralized Cannabis ‘Orchard’ Resurges

Hurricane Isaias brought 60-mile-an-hour winds to the Berkshires that toppled trees around Equinox Farm in Sheffield, Massachusetts, beating down much of this year’s outdoor cannabis crop in the process. Fortunately, says Ted Dobson, general manager and farmer-in-chief, cannabis is vigorous, like growing an “annual orchard,” and soon after seeing the devastation of Mother Nature’s wrath, he was back at work, having trellised 3,300 plants less than three weeks after the storm. The crop is recovering nicely. “The average plant size is six feet tall, and ...

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Rock Dust Crop Dusting: Pulverized Rock Makes for Effective Pesticide

As long as there has been agriculture, there have been insects, mites, and other creatures eager to share in the bounty. Pests remain an enduring problem for agriculture. Increasingly, communities are seeing even pesticides designed to deter or eliminate pesky insects become a liability as essential pollinator populations decline, unwanted toxins infiltrate crops—endangering farmers and consumers—and insects develop resistance to traditional deterrents and poisons. One possible solution: rocks. Crushed rocks, to be precise. Seeding mineral-poor soils with pulveri...

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Barbuda Limestone Soil Crop Growth Stimulated by Montserrat Volcanic Ash

The plot receiving the volcanic ash on the left, and the control plot on the right
Fig. 1 Principal John Mussington surveying the plants. The plot receiving the volcanic ash on the left, and the control plot on the right. Introduction Soil fertility depends on the geological history of the minerals in it, climate, and their management. Oceanic islands are either limestone or volcanic, the only exception being the high granite islands in the Seychelles, an ancient small continental fragment. Most limestone islands, including all atolls, are low and flat and are much drier than the high wet volcanic islands. Volcanic islands are much more fertile, ...

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Basalt Rock Dust Increases Carbon Capture Fourfold

A research team within the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation has demonstrated basalt rock dust as a method of improving crop yield and sequestering carbon.

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