Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the by Charlotte Gill

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By Charlotte Gill

"Charlotte Gill writes with a dexterity and the Aristocracy that soars. this can be the easiest publication, on numerous fronts, that I've learn in a protracted time."-Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay ebook Company

During Charlotte Gill’s two decades operating as a tree planter she encountered hundreds of thousands of clear-cuts, every one a collision web site among human civilization and the flora and fauna, a classy panorama featuring geographic facts of our appetites. Charged with sowing the recent wooded area in those clear-cuts, tree planters are a tribe stuck among the stumps and the virgin bushes, among environmentalists and loggers.

In Eating Dirt, Gill deals up a slice of tree-planting existence in all of its soggy, gritty exuberance whereas wondering the power of conifer plantations to switch unique forests, which developed over millennia into difficult, complicated ecosystems. between different issues, she additionally touches at the boom-and-bust background of logging and the flexibility of wooden, from which we have now devised.

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Non c’è nulla di sbagliato in un clima come quello dell’Eocene; non esiste alcuna ragione intrinseca per cui sia preferibile avere i nostri alligatori nell’arcipelago delle Florida Keys invece che nell’isola di Axel Heiberg. I veri pericoli del cambiamento del clima sono dovuti alla velocità del fenomeno e non al fatto che il clima attuale rappresenti, quasi per magia, la soluzione ottimale per la vita. Le nostre infrastrutture, le nostre coltivazioni, le stesse collocazioni delle nostre città costiere si sono evolute adattandosi al clima di oggi.

Sono d’accordo. E per due ragioni: le analisi serie condotte su queste tecnologie sono relativamente poche e una parte troppo grande dei dati disponibili è stata ottenuta da un piccolo gruppo di ricercatori – sono uno di costoro –, soprannominato la «geo-cricca» dal giornalista scientifico Eli Kintish, nel suo libro Hack the Planet, del 2010. I pericoli connessi con un «pensiero di gruppo» sono reali. Se fossimo di fronte a un dilemma, e non esistesse una seconda scelta tra affidarci totalmente al programma geoingegneristico per compensare il surriscaldamento globale o abbandonare per sempre questi interventi, io sceglierei la rinuncia.

Ma non esiste una ricetta magica. Non possiamo prendere decisioni giuste supponendo che il mondo sia proprio come lo vorremmo: le ricerche scientifiche sui rischi delle catastrofi climatiche hanno solide basi e l’inerzia del ciclo del carbonio (cioè la sua resistenza a ogni modifica), combinata con quella dell’economia mondiale, indica chiaramente che gli sforzi che possiamo compiere per eliminare le emissioni possono solo attenuare, ma di certo non possono far regredire, i cambiamenti del clima nell’arco di tutto questo secolo.

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