Rivers in the air
Australia is aridifying as its climate changes. Scientists advise this is due to the southward shift of global pressure zones as well as the re-radiation of extra heat from bare areas that create high pressure heat domes that block the inflow of moist low pressure air. The consequence is lower rainfalls, reinforcing that we have to conserve and more efficiently use every drop. Can we harvest more of the water that flows continually over most landscapes from the 'rivers in the air?'
The discussion in the film explores the natural processes and evidence in our landscapes and if we can potentially access these unrecognised sources of water to help rehydrate the land.
CRUCIAL RELATED PAPERS
The practical drawdown of 20 billion tonnes of carbon back into soils annually, to rehydrate bio-systems and safely cool climates
How hydrological processes naturally regulate and cool Earth’s climate
Drought Part A
Drought Part B
Drought Part C
The Soil Story - narrated by Larry Kopald of Carbon Underground and via Kiss The Ground
A conference at Tufts University Medford, Massachusetts, USA (Boston area) Sponsored by the Tufts Institute of the Environment
'There is a way, which has yet to take its rightful place at the heart of the climate debate: the capacity of the natural world to actively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in soils worldwide.'