I'm not really a scientist.
I am not qualified to write about environmental issues (… or gardening).
The other day I was mingling with some wild foxgloves outside a church situated by a dual-carriageway, begrudgingly noting that despite the incessant traffic whizzing past they looked happier than the beloved specimens in the sanctuary of my back garden. I wondered if it could be possible that a consequence of man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is that plants grow better because they need this gas to photosynthesise.
|a congregation of foxgloves giving thanks for CO2|
There is a counterpoint though because scientists also predict that in the presence of higher than normal CO2 levels in the atmosphere, forests are expected to draw less water from the soil allowing more microbes to flourish which release CO2 as well as more potent gases, methane and nitrous oxide.
|wild flowers cheering for more CO2|
Something that I learnt after entering the world of work, that I was blissfully unaware of when I was at school, is that there is no right answer. In the real world, you can't sneak a peek in the back of the book, because the back of the book is a volume in itself if you take into account all the possible consequences of an action. Even then, failure mode avoidance strategies and risk assessments only address the consequences that we understand or have an inkling of.
|hidden flowers quickly snapped in the middle of a dual carriageway|
carbon source carbon sink
I don’t know if no-dig gardening is the right answer, whether it really does sequester excess carbon in the soil, but it feels like the right answer to me.
How to do no-dig gardening :
Holley mulched her new flower bed instead of digging it up :
Greenhouse gas levels pass symbolic 400ppm CO2 milestone :
I would like to thank Helene at Graphicality for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. She has one too, here is my favourite post :
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