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Date: 03/04/13 11:30 AM

16 Responses to Key to Reversing Climate Change? Green the Desert!

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    Pooptart19 Male 18-29
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    March 4, 2013 at 11:31 am
    Link: Key to Reversing Climate Change? Green the Desert! - Biologist Allan Savory discovered why the world`s grasslands were turning into desert and how to solve it.
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    normalfreak2 Male 18-29
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    March 4, 2013 at 11:49 am
    Well as a Conservative, this guy is full of crap, Science is the vessel for Satan`s worshipers. Don`t be fooled! /sarcasm

    Anyways I love all these talks. They cover so many wide ranging ideas and whatnot.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    March 4, 2013 at 11:59 am
    its been done in Russia; the forest is about 8 × 106 km ².

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    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
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    March 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm
    pretty awesome idea
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    March 4, 2013 at 12:32 pm
    Whatever Normalfreak. Don`t lump that bullpoo (pun intended) with all conservatives.

    I am one, and I agree with this and think it`s amazing.
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    Plangkye Female 18-29
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    March 4, 2013 at 1:29 pm
    Auburnjunky missed the "/sarcasm" tag in normalfreak`s post.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    March 4, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Wonderful lecture. It`s great to hear of some hope in the face of all the climate and environmental challenges we`re facing.

    @Auburnjunky: Glad to hear you liked this lecture, AJ. I`m happy to learn of conservatives interested in strategies to help the planet. Conservative, liberal, independent, what-have-you: Let`s come together and tackle this stuff for the generations to come. And that starts with listening to skilled, unbiased, and dedicated scientists, as this lecturer appears to be. =^.^=

    ~Squrlz steps off soapbox~
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    Scuzoid Male 30-39
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    March 4, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    Not a ecologist or climatologist here, but grew up in the desert, and often fantasized about greenlands and forests while watching Discovery channel or nature documentaries as a kid. When he got to "livestock are a curse to nature, we all know that." I immediately thought "Damn straight." So awesome how wrong I/he/we are.

    Bring on the cows. I love burgers anyway.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    March 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm
    normalfreak: Please do us all a small favor and crawl back under your bridge.

    I believe what this scientist found was actually `common sense`. When the great plains of the USA had huge herds of buffalo roaming around we had grassland that was over 8ft. tall. And despite the wildfires that would regularly burn a lot of it away, the buffalo would came back and replenish it.

    Conservatives aren`t averse to `new` ideas, it`s just that ideas like this aren`t new, they`ve been a part of nature long before we started fencing in the land.
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    DrProfessor Male 18-29
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    March 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm
    We need the desert to house the Shai Hulud, to provide the spice!!
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    klaxor Male 18-29
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    March 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm
    Nature has it`s way of keeping things in check, if nothing is using the land, then it will go away. The only constant factor in his examples is the human one.

    40,000 elephants!!!....jeez.

    The main issue with his solution is that it relies on a constant moving, pastoral herd. A sedentary herd would just increase the problem by overeating. Meanwhile, the world is becoming increasingly sedentary, and many third world countries are being pushed/bullied into becoming farm based, and I`m not sure that everyone`s lifestyle would benefit from a huge increase in meat consumption.

    Like Crakrjack said, it`s all a part of nature, and I hope that people won`t forget to take into account the main factor that caused these issues, us (westerners) thinking that we know better.
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    March 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm
    This is more "Turning Grasslands Back Into Grasslands" than greening the desert, but I`d bet if this kind of rehabilitation was done on the edge of the advancing sand deserts, the tide could even be turned there, too.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    March 4, 2013 at 11:49 pm
    So, why did all this land turn to desert in the first place?

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    papajon0s1 Male 40-49
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    March 5, 2013 at 8:18 am
    "Green the desert"? Ok, I don`t even have to watch that to know that`s now on the list of top ten most idiotic things I`ve ever heard of.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    March 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Ok, I don`t even have to watch that to know that`s now on the list of top ten most idiotic things I`ve ever heard of.

    Or you could--oh, I dunno--take the approach of learning about something before passing judgment on it. Just a thought.
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    InTheNameOf Male 30-39
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    March 15, 2013 at 1:08 pm
    I thought we were planning to solve the "problem" by paining rooftops and freeways white.

    Another good approach would be for people to stop having too many babies.

    I`m still hoping for a zombie apocalypse - that should set things straight.

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