Geotherapy: Innovative Methods of Soil Fertility Restoration, Carbon Sequestration, and Reversing CO2 Increase

Thomas J. Goreau, Ronal W. Larson, Joanna Campe

December 19, 2014 by CRC Press
Reference - 630 Pages - 435 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466595392 - CAT# K20722

USD$119.95

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Features

  • Presents, for the first time, a large body of scientific data showing the dramatic results of revolutionary new methods that resolve major factors limiting ecosystem growth, productivity, and capacity to resist severe environmental stresses
  • Includes original research papers with comprehensive data proving the practical benefits of these new methods on every single continent except Antarctica
  • Outlines the nature of current biogeochemical imbalances and presents strategies to correct them on a global scale
  • Includes a CD with full-color illustrations
  • Serves as a guide to both policies and practical steps to maintain ecosystems now functioning under damaging conditions, and to restore severely damaged ecosystems where little or no natural recovery has taken place

Summary

A Practical, Get-Your-Hands-in-the-Soil Manual

Global climate change, increasing pollution, and continued rapid population growth is wreaking havoc on the planet. Stabilizing the environment at safe levels requires a large-scale restoration of damaged ecosystems. Geotherapy: Innovative Methods of Soil Fertility Restoration, Carbon Sequestration, and Reversing CO2 Increase outlines the basic concepts of geotherapy and highlights the importance of healing the biosphere’s ability to store soil carbon to prevent climate change impacts. Facing challenges head on, it addresses how and why policymakers have underestimated the long-term impacts of climate change and how we can correct the flawed carbon management mechanisms today. The book also factors in where carbon can be most effectively stored, how quickly that can be done, and the practical and policy actions needed to get there.

This text presents innovative new technologies for restoring the most productive ecosystems on land while maintaining high biodiversity. It addresses processes and techniques of soil carbon restoration through biogeochemical cycling, biochar, slow-release fertilizers, weathering of minerals (olivine) and rock (basalt) powders, amendments and bio-fertilizers, and the establishment of vetiver and other perennials. Written by highly recognized professionals from every continent except Antarctica, this extensive work consists of 34 chapters covering issues that include: field experiences with biochar including a history of its research; practical uses of biochar in farming systems and the use of biochar for soil fertility enhancement; the potential of remineralization as a global movement; seawater concentrate for abundant agriculture; superior food production using sea salt and plant extracts; recycling waste nutrients using biochar and limestone; and commercially viable carbon farming. The book concludes with a chapter providing general thoughts on regreening the earth and averting a global crisis.

Geotherapy: Innovative Methods of Soil Fertility Restoration, Carbon Sequestration, and Reversing CO2 Increase is an encyclopedia of ideas providing the tools needed for anyone involved with the ecological restoration and transformation of the planet.