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Trees, forests and water: Cool insights for a hot world

Trees, forests and water: Cool insights for a hot world

Forests and trees must be recognized as prime regulators within the water, energy and carbon cycles.” – David Ellison and Jan Pokorny, authors of this article, will be speaking on our Climate Landscapes Conference, https://climate-landscapes.org, starting today. Learn more about the potentials of #vegetation, #soils and #watercycles to cool the climate! Register now: https://climate-landscapes.org

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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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Climate Landscapes Conference, 18.-19.10.2022, online

Climate Landscapes Conference, 18.-19.10.2022, online

Under the (sub)title “Working with plants, soils and water to cool the climate and rehydrate Earth’s landscapes” we are inviting you to the upcoming online Climate Landscapes Conference, 18.-19.10.2022.

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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Water in Plain Sight – Missing the Water for the Trees. Judith Schwartz

Water in Plain Sight – Missing the Water for the Trees. Judith Schwartz

Judith Schwartz’ book “Water in Plain Sight” is a really great read on all these interconnections between vegetation, soil, water, atmosphere and climate. If you haven’t read it yet, go for it.

The publisher agreed to make available the chapter “Missing the Water for the Trees” in PDF format, as this subject becomes more and more attention, and is so important for cooling the climate. So, here you go with the chapter. Enjoy!

And join as at the Climate Landscapes Conference, online, 18.-19.10.2022 in order to learn from experts from various fields and discuss with others.

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Climate Landscapes Conference, 18.-19.10.2022, Online

Climate Landscapes Conference, 18.-19.10.2022, Online

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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Rain comes up from the ground

Rain comes up from the ground

Great quote from Masanobu Fukuoka:

It was in an American desert that I suddenly realized that rain does not fall from the heavens – it comes up from the ground. Desert formation is not due to the absence of rain, but the rain ceases to fall because the vegetation has disappeared.

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Temperature comparison: field, road, vegetation

Temperature comparison: field, road, vegetation

Once again on the road to measure temperature differences. Very exciting. Here two comparisons – at each 20°C difference between “without vegetation/open ground” and “with vegetation/trees”. Very impressive. What effects do surface temperatures of 60°C have, directly on the ground, the plants, the air layers, the weather?

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Presentation: Working with plants, soils and water to cool the climate and rehydrate Earth’s landscapes

Presentation: Working with plants, soils and water to cool the climate and rehydrate Earth’s landscapes

My presentation on “Working with plants, soils and water to cool the climate and rehydrate Earth’s landscapes“.

As it looks, we have a pretty exciting tool in the climate as well as agriculture discussion with multiple benefits: more vegetation (especially in agriculture; through undersowing, intercropping, agroforestry, but also through a different form of animal husbandry, forest conversion, water retention) means more fertile soils, more water storage capacity and infiltration, more nutrients, more habitat for insects & co, more … and v. especially a cooling (of the layers near the ground), heat loss into space, more clouds with more precipitation and more sunlight reflection, which in turn contributes to the cooling of the climate, as well as activates the small (weakened) water cycles.

In short, we can(t) work with nature to cool the climate, strengthen the small water cycles, and in the process make agriculture, forestry, and water management more resilient and “fertile.”

This talk is based on the findings of my UNEP article (exists in French, Spanish, Chinese too).

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Article: Working with plants, soils and water to cool the climate and rehydrate Earth’s landscapes

Article: Working with plants, soils and water to cool the climate and rehydrate Earth’s landscapes

My UNEP paper on “Working with plants, soils and water to cool the climate and rehydrate Earth’s landscapes“.

The continued destruction of forests, the deterioration of soils, the subsequent loss of terrestrial soil water storage and the reduction of water retention in the landscape are disrupting the movement of water in and through the atmosphere. This disruption causes major shifts in precipitation that could lead to less rainfall and more droughts in many areas of the world, increases in regional temperatures and an exacerbation of climate change. These changes affect regional climate, but can also impact regions far away. Understanding the interwoven relationships and the subsequent fluxes of energy between plants, soils and water on the ground, as well as in the atmosphere, can help mitigate climate change and create more resilient ecosystems.

Translations into French, Spanish, Chinese to be found here (#25).

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