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Thomas Goreau - Water Follows Carbon Follows Water

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Thomas Goreau - Water Follows Carbon Follows Water

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Thomas Goreau - Water Follows Carbon Follows Water
From Biodiversity for a Livable Climate conference: "Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming"
Saturday November 22nd, 2014
www.bio4climate.org

Thomas Goreau - Water Follows Carbon Follows Water
From Biodiversity for a Livable Climate conference: "Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming"
Saturday November 22nd, 2014
www.bio4climate.org

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Thomas Goreau - Water Follows Carbon Follows Water

  1. 1. CARBON, WATER, TEMPERATURE WE CAN HEAL THEM ALL TOGETHER
  2. 2. WATER & TEMPERATURE • MORE THAN HALF OF SOLAR RADIATION ON LAND EVAPORATES WATER, ABSORBING HUGE AMOUNTS OF HEAT AND LOWERING LAND TEMPERATURE • ABOUT 60% OF WATER ON LAND IS RETURNED TO THE ATMOSPHERE, RATHER THAN RUNNING OFF • 80-90% OF THIS IS PLANT TRANSPIRATION RATHER THAN PHYSICAL EVAPORATION
  3. 3. GOREAU & DE MELLO, 1985 AMAZON RAINFOREST BRAZIL
  4. 4. GOREAU, 2014
  5. 5. RESTORING VEGETATION RESTORES WATER CYCLES • INCREASES TRANSPIRATION, CAUSING MORE RAIN • REDUCES SURFACE WATER RUNOFF, SOIL EROSION, AND RUNOFF • INCREASES RECHARGE OF GROUNDWATER AND AQUIFERS BECAUSE WATER FLOWS DOWN ROOTS INTO THE GROUND • RESTORES SPRINGS AND STREAMS
  6. 6. GOREAU, 2014
  7. 7. GOREAU, 2014
  8. 8. GOREAU, 2014
  9. 9. “WE MUST TEND OUR GARDENS” Voltaire, 1759 Candide, ou l’optimisme

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