I had not previously heard about Sergey A. Zimov and his Pleistocene Park. Is this guy going to help save the world? Apparently, by bringing in large grazing animals he's been able to lower the temperature enough within the park enough to refreeze the permafrost.
It sounds like he is trying to restore the ecosystem there sans human predation because he thinks it was the overhunting of the large game that may have sped up climate change in that part of the world, and will only introduce wolves and big cats when the population starts grow too large. Does anyone know more about Zimov's food philosophy?
This sounds like it could have other win/win options to me though, wouldn't well managed grazing animals used for human consumption provide the same benefit to lowering Arctic temperatures? Is this the next frontier in sustainable food?
http://www.hulu.com/watch/314532/nbc-nightly-news-with-brian-williams-as-siberian-permafrost-melts-methane-seeps-out (sorry about the link with an ad)
The knocking down of small trees with his truck to "mimic the woolly mammoth" was a new and bizarre concept to me, apparently the trees trap heat. It looked really fun though.
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on January 05, 2012
at 11:51 PM
Haven't seen that segment in particular, but I have read about rewilding efforts.
One thing that strikes me about them is that the basic premise demonstrates just how anti-environmental agriculture really is. We hear lots of people insisting that eating more plant foods is better for the environment, but pre-human environments didn't consist of vast acres of wheat or corn. They consisted of vast herds of grazing animals (yummy!). It seems to me that true concern for the environment would have us eliminating the cornfields and restoring the buffalo. And we'd all be healthier for it.
on January 06, 2012
at 09:31 AM
What a fascinating article! I hope we get to see follow up on this. There was a piece I read about restoring the grasslands of part of Africa through grazing; de-deserting of the area. Both seem brilliant ideas to me.
So - agriculture is bad for the environment, grazing herbivores good! More meat...