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Doron Bracha

May 2, 2014
12:44

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Interesting proposal. Please elaborate and provide more info on what the genetic engineering does to the overall lifespan of the tree (if it grows so fast, does it also grow old and die more quickly?) Also note that although trees are great in many ways, they only store CO2 as long as they're alive. Once they die and decay, they release the CO2 back into the atmosphere. So even if we planted trees all over the world- it would only buy us time, but we would still need to reduce our carbon footprint and/or find better ways to store CO2 for long term. Cheers !..

Paulo Borges De Brito

May 6, 2014
02:36

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Interesting proposal, specially because it can be applied in less developed countries. I would like to see the costs of this project. I would encourage a cost-benefit analysis for a complete assessment.

Jason Tessler

Jun 17, 2014
06:52

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I believe your proposal to have two main goals: 1) reduce nutrient run-off by providing a ground and 2)use the ground cover crop (in this case a tree) to absorb and sequester CO2. Instead of looking to use a genetically engineered plant from the start(one that may spread to different areas and out compete the local, natural flora)you should find a natural solution. After finding a viable solution that is rapid growing you should match it with a smaller ground cover crop that can work synergisticly to keep the soil together, prevent run-off and absorb CO2 all while reducing the temperature of that area. While this first program is running, you will collect valuable data that will help decide what traits are actually needed and THEN genetically modify and slowly incorporate them into the area. The idea is a very far reaching one, and it would be helpful to at least begin the proposal with something that can be started TODAY (making it more realistic) while simultaneously reaching towards your ultimate goal. Reach for the stars, but try to keep your feet on the ground while you do so!

Climate Colab

Aug 6, 2014
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few datas available. must be much more detailed.
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