Biodiversity for a Livable Climate 
Loss of Biodiversity: Consequences 
1. Freshwater: Reduced Availability & Quality 
2. ...
6th Extinction ? - Soil ? 
“Big animals are like the 
nutrient arteries of the 
planet and if they go extinct 
it is like ...
Carbon Lost / Acre?
Soil Extinction 
1. MegaFauna Extinction in Australia and Americas 
2. Barbed Wire - Herds Can’t Move to “Sweet Grass” 
3....
CO2 
levels rise 
rapidly 
>>> 
Loss of 
Polar Ice 
>>> 
Ocean 
Anoxia 
>>> 
H2S 
bubbles 
out of 
oceans.
“When you understand the power of self-organization, you 
begin to understand why biologists worship biodiversity even 
mo...
Lynn Margulis - Symbiosis is a key to evolution.
More Poop 
More Possibilities 
and 
More Fungi 
More Future
15,000 / square mile
Greg Judy’s Goal: 
25 earthworms / sq. ft. 
100 tons castings / acre 
http://www.greenpasturesfarm.net/ 
https://www.youtu...
Christine Jones - AmazingCarbon.com
Long sticky 
molecules 
outside the cell. 
Humus 
Glomalin
Paul Stamets
Jerrie Tipton - 1989
Thanks to 
Peter 
Donovan
Methane? 
Methanogens produce 
methane in 
anaerobic conditions. 
Methanotrophs eat 
methane in 
breathing soils. 
Wastewa...
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work
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From Biodiversity for a Livable Climate conference: "Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming"
Saturday November 22nd, 2014
www.bio4climate.org

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Jim Laurie - Nature Does 90% of the Work

  1. 1. Biodiversity for a Livable Climate Loss of Biodiversity: Consequences 1. Freshwater: Reduced Availability & Quality 2. Food: Reduced Availability & Quality 3. Disease Processes in Many Species (including Humans) 4. Loss of Climate Stability - Global Warming Jim Laurie jimlaurie7@gmail.com
  2. 2. 6th Extinction ? - Soil ? “Big animals are like the nutrient arteries of the planet and if they go extinct it is like severing these arteries.” Chris Doughty - University of Oxford Environment Change Institute In the late Pleistocene, 97 genera of large animals (megafauna) went extinct, concentrated in the Americas and Australia. Nature Geoscience 6, 761–764 (2013) “Poop Paucity Predicament” - David Biello, Scientific American
  3. 3. Carbon Lost / Acre?
  4. 4. Soil Extinction 1. MegaFauna Extinction in Australia and Americas 2. Barbed Wire - Herds Can’t Move to “Sweet Grass” 3. Plow - Fragment and Oxidize Soil “Dust Bowl” 4. Pesticides & Chemical Fertilizers We are now inhibiting Photosynthesis by tolerating bare ground. (10 to 15 billion acres) We are inhibiting Humification with agricultural chemicals.
  5. 5. CO2 levels rise rapidly >>> Loss of Polar Ice >>> Ocean Anoxia >>> H2S bubbles out of oceans.
  6. 6. “When you understand the power of self-organization, you begin to understand why biologists worship biodiversity even more than economists worship technology.” “Hierarchical Systems evolve from the bottom up. The purpose of the upper layers of the hierarchy is to serve the purposes of the lower layers.” from Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows Places to Intervene in a System 12. Numbers - “Mostly, the numbers are not worth the sweat put into them” (I’ll skip a few.) 4. Self-Organizing Systems (John Todd & Eco-Machines) 3. Goals (What do you want? - Allan Savory & HM) 2. Paradigms (Lynn Margulis - Microbial Symbiosis) 1. Transforming Paradigms (questioning your own beliefs and paradigms)
  7. 7. Lynn Margulis - Symbiosis is a key to evolution.
  8. 8. More Poop More Possibilities and More Fungi More Future
  9. 9. 15,000 / square mile
  10. 10. Greg Judy’s Goal: 25 earthworms / sq. ft. 100 tons castings / acre http://www.greenpasturesfarm.net/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6HGKSvjk5Q
  11. 11. Christine Jones - AmazingCarbon.com
  12. 12. Long sticky molecules outside the cell. Humus Glomalin
  13. 13. Paul Stamets
  14. 14. Jerrie Tipton - 1989
  15. 15. Thanks to Peter Donovan
  16. 16. Methane? Methanogens produce methane in anaerobic conditions. Methanotrophs eat methane in breathing soils. Wastewater Lagoons Bury 3 feet deep Concrete Floor Dung Beetles Where Cow patties?

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