climate landscapes

The cycles of carbon, water and energy are closely coupled

The cycles of carbon, water and energy are closely coupled

Nature can’t be seen and analyzed linearily. It’s always more complex. That’s why we must look at how the cycles of carbon, water and energy are closely coupled. Here is a draft sketch of mine to show this.

Tomorrow, 18/10/22, the Climate Landscapes Conference, https://climate-landscapes.org, will look into this in more detail. Come and join us!

And check out my presentation “Planting water”.

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Climate Landscapes Conference starts tomorrow, 18.10.2022

Climate Landscapes Conference starts tomorrow, 18.10.2022

Countdown for our Climate Landscapes Conference, https://climate-landscapes.org, with one day to go. We’ll bring together scientists and practitioners from around the world under the (sub)title “Working with plants, soils and water to cool the climate and rehydrate Earth’s landscapes“. Come and join us!

Rising temperatures and weather extremes such as droughts and floods threaten the Earth and the human population, besides biodiversity loss, land degradation and other major issues. However, it seems we have a solution for many of these issues right before us: We can work with plants, soils and water to cool the climate and rehydrate and restore Earth’s landscapes.

With our “Climate Landscapes Conference“, we want to draw attention to the interrelationships and potentials of vegetation, soils, water and climate to cool the climate and rehydrate earth’s landscapes. A combination of scientific presentations, enterprise engagements and best practices will show

  • the interrelationships between vegetation, soils, water & climate,
  • the enormous potentials of ecosystemically oriented land- and appropriately designed water management for and with agriculture, forestry and settlement planning,
  • the associated positive effects on biodiversity, land restoration, the health of soils, nutrition and improved climate adaptation.

Our conference aims to provide a forum for people from different fields of science, practice, politics, administration, business and media. You will have the chance to learn about the interwoven natural relationships from world-renowned speakers and participants, discuss the appropriate solutions, create new networks and find ways for the next urgent steps.

For more information and registration please check out our website.

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Agenda for Climate Landscapes Conference, 18.-19.10.2022, online

Agenda for Climate Landscapes Conference, 18.-19.10.2022, online

We have reworked the agenda for our upcoming Climate Landscapes Conference. We have over 20 fascinating speakers lined up, all with deep knowledge in their fields, showing you how vegetation, soils, water & climate are interconnected, and how we can successfully cool the climate and rehydrate Earth’s landscapes. Don’t miss these incredible insights for creating a better world!

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How land management affects the soil and the sky

How land management affects the soil and the sky

Interesting article on experiences on the ground (and in the sky), when changing from open to covered soils:

New evidence and research regarding the impact of soil microbes on the creation of precipitation can be accurately characterized as a game changer in our understanding of what it takes to produce rain across the globe. The immediate question is: What can we do to create favorable situations for this ice-nucleation cycle to occur? The answer resides in managing more acres regeneratively. The evidence presented from Chihuahuan ranchers is both strong and compelling. What they are observing and documenting, is not happenstance or mere correlation. It has occurred far too often and too consistently for that to be the case.

It’s increasingly clear that when it comes to rainmaking (and rain retention) we reap what we sow—in the soil and in the sky.

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Securing the climate benefits of stable forests

Securing the climate benefits of stable forests

Stable forests: We argue that resource and finance allocation for stable forests should be incorporated into countries’ and donors’ comprehensive portfolios aimed at tackling deforestation and forest degradation as well as resulting emissions.

Key policy insights:

  • Climate policies, finance, and implementation have tended to focus on areas of recent forest loss and near-term threats of anthropogenic disturbance, resulting in an imbalance of effort that fails to adequately address stable forests.
  • In some contexts, policy measures intended to secure the climate-related benefits of stable forests have competed poorly against more urgent threats. Policymakers and finance mechanisms should view stable forests as a complementary element within a holistic, long-term approach to resource management.
  • International mechanisms and national frameworks should be adjusted and resourced to promote the long-term sustainability and permanence of stable forests.
  • Beyond additional resources, the climate benefits of stable forests may be best secured by pro-actively designing implementing policies that recognize the rights and interests of stakeholders who are affected by land management decisions.
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Differences in temperature on open and vegetated soils

Differences in temperature on open and vegetated soils

Yesterday, at gentle 24 ° C air temperature, I measured the soil surface temperatures (for the first time). On the areas with open soil in the corn field of our neighbour: over 50°C. In the clover grass on our side: 26°C.

It’s amazing how the soil heats up (and was another 6°C warmer than the (rough) road next to it). Problematic not only for the soil life, soil water and for many crops. Also not good for the climate, because of warming of air temperature in this area, increased heat radiation, on larger areas potential development of high pressure areas, possible reduction of precipitation, … For more see my UNEP article and presentation, and the Climate Landscapes conference.

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Climate Landscapes – Getting more people involved

Climate Landscapes – Getting more people involved

I am organising an international online event “Climate Landscapes”, 18.-19.10.2022. Many well-known scientists from various fields have already agreed to be part of the conference, which is really great.

My aim however is not to organise yet another scientific conference, but one where different players/stakeholders in society will get together, get in contact and talk to each other, across disciplines and “sectors”. Thus, I want there many representatives from other-then-research to be present.

My question(s) to you is/are:

  • Can you recommend me people especially from non-scientific fields, which should absolutely be present? Or can you get directly in touch with these and recommend the conference? They can contact me voluntarily by my email address (stefan@climate-landscapes.org).
  • It would be great if we could make this conference stand on many organisations. So, I would imagine a many-supportes-network to show on the website and use all the power, knowledge, connections we have in order to spread the message and that this really has an impact on politics, companies, society. —> Would you like to join forces with your network, association, company, …?
  • Do you have any further ideas how to improve (exponentially!!) the impact/success of that event?

Best wishes,

Stefan

PS: “Working with plants, soils and water to cool the climate and rehydrate Earth’s landscapes”: my UNEP paper;  my presentation.

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Amazonia´s flying rivers – no forest, no water

Amazonia´s flying rivers – no forest, no water

Interesting and informative documentary: The Amazon rainforest is not only the earth’s green lung (absorbing and storing carbon dioxide from the air and converting it to oxygen) it is also its air conditioner: intact forests suck in rain clouds from the Atlantic and evaporate water. In this way they cool the earth. Without forest, no water: if more and more forest disappears, this phenomenon of ‘flying rivers’ acting like a gigantic water pump can no longer exist. Scientists, politicians and environmental activists explain the fragile balance.

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