How to Beat Climate Change & Be Food and Energy Rich - Dream Farm
Proposal for an integrated food and energy rich farm to beat climate change and the energy crisis, and a path to social revolution
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho Institute of Science in Society
Floods, droughts, accelerating global warming, food and energy crises
Floods are devastating Britain, the likes of which have not been seen in one and a half centuries [1, 2]. Five have been killed, thousands left without power, and hundreds of families without homes. Farming has been badly hit [2, 3]: an estimated 25 percent of Britain's pea crop destroyed, along with potatoes, cereals and other produce, and hundreds of livestock dead. Flood damages are set to exceed £1.5 billion from insurance claims, and £3 billion when losses from uninsured households and damage to roads and other public sector works are included .
Meanwhile, the major breadbaskets of the world are suffering prolonged drought. United States has been thirsting for seven consecutive years , Australia is hit by its worst drought in 1 000 years [6, 7] and China, its worst in 50 years [8, 9].
Extreme weather patterns are disrupting food production on all the continents, when world grain yields have been falling for six of the past seven years as the result of unsustainable agricultural practices as much as from climate change; and the reserves are now at the lowest in more than thirty years .
There is general scientific consensus that the increasing frequency of floods and droughts are down to global warming , which is caused by the increasing release of CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere since the industrial revolution  (Global Warming Is Happening, SiS 31). The two main sources of CO2 emissions - burning fossil fuels and industrial processes, and change in land use, mainly land clearing for agriculture and industrial
development - accounted for 7.9 Gt C and 1.5 Gt C in 2005; the former growing rapidly in recent years while the latter remaining nearly steady
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