And there is one more thing about it, it's not what I refer to as 'fossils'. Those are in a totally different category. Oil, 'natural gas', gasoline. 'Carbon Captured' by earth, stored inside it and locked away from our atmosphere.
It has its own problems, difficult to treat, may corrode engines etc. " Currently, there are no new technologies to simplify and improve the process of biogas generation, meaning that it is not a completely efficient system. Large-scale production for a wider population is not yet possible, and investment into the sector is not particularly popular with governments, which are instead putting money into the more developed alternatives of wind and solar.
In addition, biogas still contains impurities even after refinement and compression. This means it can damage vehicles if used as a biofuel, as it can corrode the metal parts of the engine and increase the need for and cost of maintenance. "
And developing it into a major part will be just the same as 'developing' a 'palm oil' country. Whatever you do you need to look at if it is sustainable.
It may work as one of the alternatives, but it shouldn't become a reason for creating new 'mono plantations' of feed stock's, or any other sources of methane. We're wasting a planet here, acting as if it was two.
It means that you have found another reason for keeping it as it is, letting waste build. It protects the game.
" Approximately 1.6 – 2.7 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases are produced by animal agriculture every year. The majority of this is methane, accounting for around 14.5 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Drastically reducing the quantity of methane produced by livestock in the meat and dairy industries would significantly reduce human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. "
All those figures should be taken with a pinch of salt, and I'm not suggesting that we need to become vegetarians. It's about intensive farming, the game, industrial treatments of our natural resources.
Not at your home probably, unless you have a extensive cattle farm? Argentina?
" Globally, demand for animal-based protein has increased significantly in the last half a century. Intensive animal agriculture and factory farming mean around 70 billion animals are farmed every single year. There are now approximately 1.5 billion cattle worldwide."
And " Farmed grazing animals such as cows and bulls contribute approximately 40 percent of the annual methane budget worldwide. "
So you need to restructure. Infra structures as transportation, energy as nuclear power plants, industrial farming, artificial fertilizers, pesticides, housing. And you need to do it today if you want it to work. You need to ignore those religious fanatics telling you that you must populate the earth. There is nothing wrong with faith, but there is a lot of wrongs with you blindly trusting your hierarchies.
and you need to share, with those country's you're exploiting today, for your food, your trinkets, the way you buy yourself happy. And you need to share inside your country too. You need a different game to make it work.
So someone said 5 years, I said 10 and I hope we can stretch it to 20, even 30. That's me being optimistic. And Cop26 will tell us if our governments are prepared to change. The way they should do it is by setting a time limit to 2030. And a ban of all fossils by that time. Our multinationals have had 50 years to prepare in but they failed. And they will keep on failing, together with all governments, if that ban doesn't come.
This is a summarization from a certain point of view, pretty good actually, and it catches some of it.
" If we lose biodiversity and we degrade our ecosystem, we're degrading our soils, we're polluting our waters and therefore as you do degrade soils, as you pollute the waters, it makes it harder to have food security, harder to have water security, as we degrade the land, you get effects in the ocean, our rivers are polluted, our lakes are polluted, the coastal zones are polluted, which again affects freshwater fish, coastal fish, etc. So, as we degrade our natural world, we actually have impacts on what many people really need: food, water."
CURWOOD: Now, so what are the driving forces of biodiversity loss these days?
WATSON: The big one today all over the world is the land use change. We've converted our forests, our grasslands, our mangrove systems into agricultural fields, which we've needed, of course, for the food that we need. So, land use change is the major change, and unfortunately when we've converted our land into agricultural systems, many of those aren't sustainable. We're producing more food, but we've got heavy use of chemicals, sometimes overuse of chemicals in many parts of the world, so that's leading to degrading our soils. Those chemicals leach into the rivers. That's affecting our freshwater systems, rivers and lakes.
So, land use change is the biggest, but also there is straight pollution of our ecosystems. There's invasive alien species and a threat that is already emerged, but will only become even more important in time is climate change, and in fact what we've said is land use change is the biggest threat to date, but by 2050, in most ecosystems around the world, climate change will be an equally important threat. Therefore, we have to look at climate change and biodiversity together. They are both environmental, social, economic and development issues."
I say that everything interacts, that you can't define a 'smaller system' to study here. It's a earth system open to space. And if you want to understand it you need to look at all of it. That's impossible, we can't do it. Earth can, and keeps doing it, we can't but we behave as if we can. It belongs to our prejudices, our bias and preconceptions.
the 'crown of existence', a sentence that makes me want to puke.