Rainy mountains speed CO2 removal

Interesting information to digest regarding “CO2 removal” but what MAINLY caught my eye was the fast rate of soil building. I’ll have to read more into it but I wondered if the soil additive “rock dust” can help build soils at a faster fast at all. Maybe I’m not on the right track there but it crossed my mind so thought I’d share.

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By Tim Radford – Climate News Network

The speed at which soil is produced by rain falling on mountain slopes proves to be much faster than science had realised – with significant implications for carbon in the atmosphere.

LONDON, 19 January – US scientists have measured the rate at which mountains make the raw material for molehills – and found that if the climate is rainy enough, soil gets made at an astonishing speed. And in the course of this natural conversion of rock to fertile farmland and forest loam, carbon is naturally removed from the atmosphere.

Isaac Larsen of the University of Washington in Seattle and colleagues from California and New Zealand took a closer look at rates of weathering on the western slopes of the Southern Alps in New Zealand. They report in Science that, according to their measurements, rock is being transformed into soil…

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Amazon Fungi Eats Plastic Bottles (Bioremediation)

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We use polyurethane to make just about everything in our days, it’s easy to produce, durable and cheap too. What it isn’t is recyclable, there isn’t really a single natural process that breaks it down fully, that is until a newly discovered Amazonian fungus was found (Back in 2011).

Pestalotiopsis microspora (shown above) is a resident of the Ecuadorian rainforest and was discovered by a group of student researchers led by molecular biochemistry professor Scott Strobel as part of Yale’s annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory. It’s the first fungus species to be able to survive exclusively on polyurethane and, more importantly, able to do so in anaerobic conditions—the same conditions found in the bottom of landfills. This makes the fungus a prime candidate for bioremediation projects that could finally provide an alternative to just burying the plastic and hoping for the best.

Maybe this will one day also be a solution to the “floating islands” of plastic in our oceans. Maybe they are concerns about this being used safely but I guess what I’m here to highlight is how “mother nature” always appears to present a solution to human made problems.

For more information it looks like this blog goes quite in detail:
http://radicalmycology.wordpress.com/tag/pestalotiopsis-microspora/

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6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save The World

TED talk by Paul Stamets regarding Mushrooms and how he believes that mushrooms can save our lives, restore our ecosystems and transform other worlds.

Entrepreneurial mycologist Paul Stamets seeks to rescue the study of mushrooms from forest gourmets and psychedelic warlords. The focus of Stamets’ research is the Northwest’s native fungal genome, mycelium, but along the way he has filed 22 patents for mushroom-related technologies, including pesticidal fungi that trick insects into eating them, and mushrooms that can break down the neurotoxins used in nerve gas.

There are cosmic implications as well. Stamets believes we could terraform other worlds in our galaxy by sowing a mix of fungal spores and other seeds to create an ecological footprint on a new planet.

Paul Stamets Quote: “Mycelium is Earth’s natural Internet.”

Rocket Stove/Mass Heater (Design)

Rocket Mass Heater Concept

Rocket Mass Heater design idea, the basic concept is that it’s an efficient heating system that you can easily build your self and burns small amounts of wood (or junk mail) very efficiently and uses radiant heat to warm up a room.

I thought this could come in handy for heating greenhouses to grow more exotic fruit or maybe even keeping your shed warm that houses your aquaponics tank so that you can warm the water enough to grow Tilapia.