Links 7/9/19

Links for you. Science:

Restoring forests may be our most powerful weapon in fighting climate change (this requires desuburbanization however…)
New Weapons Against Cancer: Millions of Bacteria Programmed to Kill
Could This Be the End of Frankincense?
Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis
Healthy Funding: The Critical Role of Investing in NIH to Boost Health and Lower Costs


Plight of the Squeegee Kids
How Third Way Democrats Could Get Trump Re-elected
Me Too, Really
No apologies here: American women were world-beaters
A parking lot in Boston sells for $40 million. Yes, $40 million.

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2 Responses to Links 7/9/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    Regarding a massive tree planting program, it’s a good idea. But the project must be on the grandest of scales, and it must be accompanied by other programs. Subsidizing tree planting is flat-out silly, IMO. Instead, treat the harvested wood as a cash crop. It would be bought on an adjusted “dry weight” basis, then transported via the restored & electrified railroads to a central processing plant where it would be turned into charcoal.

    (Anybody who has ‘distilled’ a piece of wood in a high school science lab knows there are also some useful chemicals produced in the process.) After forming the charcoal into solid carbon blocks it would be transported first to a seaport, then to a place where it can be safely stored for the next million years or so. A deep ocean trench? Done right, a tree planting project might buy us enough time to permit the survival of our civilization – such as it is. To save the rest of the God’s Creation from the coming chaos and likely destruction.

    Payments to tree farmers in Texas and West Virginia and Pakistan and Kenya could be financed by cutting the massive subsidies to Big Fossil Fuels. By cancelling hyper-wasteful projects like the F-35 and Ford-class aircraft carriers. By halting the billions annually paid to a small outlaw nation in the mideast. Lots more places, I’m sure. I’d favor a return to WW2 levels of taxation on people with a net worth exceeding 50 million dollars.

    Trees are nice things – around here a wooded lot is worth a hell of a lot more than a bare one. Many trees are suitable for producing food. See Tree Crops by Russell Smith. My copy was printed in 1953. Also The Improved Nut Trees of North America by Davidson and Reed (1954). And Forest Farming by Douglas and Hart (1976) Acorns from oaks were sought out by free-range frontier hogs, and were a cultivated crop by California Indians before they were casually murdered for their gold-bearing land. Hickory nuts are heavenly when baked in a cake. Persimmon cookies are a delight.

    This is doable if we don’t allow the likes of Exxon and the Koch Brothers to hijack it. And be assured they’ll try. Here is what those bastards snuck into a 2009 Nova broadcast:

    ****”NARRATOR: Today, climate change seems to threaten our survival, but it may have held the keys to the astonishing story of how we became who we are, because it didn’t stop 2,000,000 years ago. These dramatic upheavals would continue for another million and a half years, propelling our ancestors down a road leading, ultimately, to the smartest creature the world has ever known.****

    Climate Change made us smart, and because of that we Do Not have to worry about the current Warming. There was a ‘subliminal’ hint that the current climate changes might make us into virtual supermen!
    Swine! And PBS let them get away with it. Another reason I haven’t given them a dime for a very long time.

  2. Zachary Smith says:

    Editing isn’t allowed here, so I need to add something I forgot in my previous post. If gigatons of carbon dioxide are removed from the atmosphere, we can’t allow the phosphorous in those harvested trees to be buried along with the carbon. I don’t know any chemistry, but the link demonstrates to my satisfaction the removal of phosphorus is a practical procedure. I’d suppose the big factory would grind the charcoal to powder, then use various chemical processes to recover or ‘mine’ the phosphorus content before the forming of the big solid carbon chunks destined for ocean burial. Don’t want Exxon’s paid Denier Trolls to have an easy objection to howl about!

    By the bye, with the floods of inexpensive electricity from the solar cell and wind farms we must begin building, the same phosphorous recovery should immediately begin at sewage plants everywhere. We humans just can’t keep dumping this vital mineral into the oceans.

    Click to access 5b07cb5575e3b.pdf

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