Methane: Sources, Sinks and Uncertainties

A paper about methane that I have been working on with a team of scientists and practitioners is now published. A nuanced understanding of methane is important for Aotearoa, as the dominant view positions methane emissions as a major problem. But our predominantly pasture-based agricultural systems operate in ways that emit methane, also support the … Continue reading Methane: Sources, Sinks and Uncertainties

More evidence for direct cooling

When someone claims that we can cool the earth safely and naturally in a decade, you would think people would be interested, right? This would be especially so when this claim comes from climate scientist Walter Jehne. I picked up Walter's ideas from a good friend who was very patient with me because I was … Continue reading More evidence for direct cooling

Marine permaculture for Tai Tokerau?

Tai Tokerau is a slim peninsula about 320 km long. The Northland Region has 3200 kms of coastline and harbour shoreline, including the Kaipara Harbour, which has the longest shoreline of any harbour in the world. Our marine ecosystems range from the pristine Poor Knights Islands, to the degraded waterways in our harbours. 700,000 tonnes … Continue reading Marine permaculture for Tai Tokerau?

New water paradigm

Here is a superb animation that captures the importance of the water cycle in climate change. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8B4tST8ti8 It is based on the work of Charles Eisenstein in his book, Climate, a New Story. He warns against "carbon reductionism" and states that to reverse climate disruption "the most urgent priority is to protect and restore soil, … Continue reading New water paradigm

Is it possible to have healthy environments and a healthy economy?

Among the grand delusions that we suffer from is the idea that we can have a successful economy, or an undegraded environment, but not both. Our environment is sacrificed in the pursuit of economic progress. But if we look into our history, we can see that environmental destruction has led to economic and often, societal … Continue reading Is it possible to have healthy environments and a healthy economy?