[Coral-List] Copenhagen flop: article raises serious question

Jim Hendee jim.hendee at noaa.gov
Thu Aug 27 13:15:55 EDT 2009

Yes, my friends, I know about invasive species, and no, I don't really
think we should blow off the whole meeting and that the voices of
outrage and planning should be heard; but hopefully I made my point that
maybe we can try to somehow use the environment to act upon itself. 
Okay, I'll stick my neck out again to get chopped off:  Raising tons of
/Gracilaria  /(i.e., mariculture) or other seaweeds or plants over coral
reef areas not only shades them (helps ameliorate coral bleaching), but
also sucks up a lot of CO2.  Use the tons of seaweed for all the tons of
uses that are already out there.  Ocean mariculture is not a new concept
(there's even a book by that name).  So I guess my main point is the
utilization of cultivation techniques to suck up the CO2 since we have
to do something NOW, and the faster the stuff grows, the quicker the gas
gets removed from the atmosphere (either via the ocean, or directly). 

(Next trick is using bamboo cages to contain the fish that graze upon
the seaweed! :D )


P.S.  I'm not moderating my own comments, Lew is!

Jim Hendee wrote:
> There are over 2000 species of bamboo, growing (as "runners" and
> "clumpers") all over temperate and tropical climates.  A lot have been
> imported, but do well.  They are a major source of timber, paper, food,
> shelter, furniture and a ton of other things in the East, but the West
> hasn't caught on in such a big way. 
> I'm a US government employee working for NOAA so I can NOT officially
> call for an International Plant a Bamboo--Help the Planet Day on June
> 22, 2010.  I kind of like the idea though... :D
>     Cheers,
>     Jim
> Arlo Hemphill wrote:
>> Jim,
>> I hope these are native bamboo species?
>> Arlo
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Aug 26, 2009, at 1:45 PM, Jim Hendee <Jim.Hendee at noaa.gov> wrote:
>>> Maybe the 10,000 people aren't showing up so they can save on the jet
>>> fuel and carbon emissions they'd spew into the atmosphere if they went.
>>> I say use the saved money to plant 10,000 bamboo plants in a forest
>>> local to the delegates instead, and thereby suck up the 4X CO2 that an
>>> equal weight of standard forest would use, and thereby have decades
>>> (nay, centuries) of extremely rapid renewable presence all over the
>>> globe in honor (and attribution) for the day they didn't show up and did
>>> something constructive instead of posturing and blabbering.
>>> Okay, I digressed...But the issue I mean to point out is that it's
>>> getting to where some sane application of what we already have instead
>>> of talk is something to consider.  Maybe a large answer is right in
>>> front of everybody and they don't even see it:
>>>    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo
>>> Okay, I'm gone to go plant some seabreeze bamboo (Bambusa malingensis)
>>> near the shoreline near the local coral reef...
>>>  Jim
>>> RainbowWarriorsInternational wrote:
>>>> See the article:
>>>> http://www.cphpost.dk/news/national/88-national/46609-climate-summit-flop-feared.html.
>>>> Is there a grain of truth to the threat of a flop?
>>>> We know for a fact that e.g. in the Kingdom of the Netherlands,
>>>> which consists of the Netherlands, Aruba, and the former Netherlands
>>>> Antilles (Bonaire, Curacao, Dutch St.Martin, Saba and St. Eustatia,
>>>> aka Statia) ONLY the Netherlands are in compliance with climate
>>>> change treaties.
>>>> The
>>>> Dutch Caribbean islands like many Caribbean nations are not and make no
>>>> excuse for this, except lack of expertise and government resources.
>>>> What
>>>> is the use of tens of thousands of scientists and researchers and NGOs
>>>> being on board, if governments in developing nations do not commit
>>>> themselves to the cause and even consider NOT showing up in Copenhagen?
>>>> Milton Ponson, President
>>>> Rainbow Warriors Core Foundation
>>>> (Rainbow Warriors International) Tel. +297 747 8280
>>>> PO Box 1154, Oranjestad
>>>> Aruba, Dutch Caribbean
>>>> Email: southern_caribbean at yahoo.com Web Sites:
>>>> http://www.southerncaribbean..org   http://www.rainbowwarriors.net
>>>> (Global)
>>>> http://www.projectparadigm.info
>>>> To unite humanity in a global society dedicated to a sustainable way
>>>> of life
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