The Carbon Farming Solution

A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security


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indigenous land management in the news

July 10, 2017 - 11:48am

Scientists are finding that the Amazon is still dominated by useful trees including fruits, that were planted and/or managed by indigenous people. 

Forest land is returned to indigenous people in Indonesia.

Project Drawdown notes that returning forest rights to indigenous people can protect 849 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent, and prevent emissions of over 6 gigatons from deforestation.

blog update

July 10, 2017 - 11:42am

Hi all,

I'll be using this blog more frequently to let you know about events in the carbon farming world. Stay tuned!


Project Drawdown book released

May 3, 2017 - 4:57pm

I'm proud to announce that Drawdown, edited by Paul Hawken, was just released. I've been working on this project as Senior Researcher for about two years. We've taken many of the practices from The Carbon Farming Solution and run them through meta-analysis and modeling to determine their full mitigation potential. It really carries the work from my own book so much farther forward. And of course it also includes solutions from sectors induding ecosystem protection and restoration, food system, energy, buildings, transportation, materials, and women and girls. 

Carbon Sequestration Rates and Stocks

May 3, 2017 - 4:48pm

I've posted updated versions of Figure 3.1 and Table 3.2 from the book (also Figures 1 and 2 from the Paris soil carbon conference white paper). They include new data and a few corrections. Along with the images you'll find spreadsheets with all the data and sources. Thanks the Rafter Ferguson for his data visualization services.

books arrive today!

February 11, 2016 - 7:14pm

Great news, 500 copies of The Carbon Farming Solution arrived at my doorstep today. The book is officially published. 


Campaign for perennial crops and polycultures wiki launched

January 17, 2016 - 10:46am

Today we launch a campaign to fund the Apios Institute, a global wiki of perennial crops and polyculture systems. These have the highest carbon sequestering potential of any farming system. We aim to make many improvements to our site, and sign up new contributing members. 

Update: The campaign was a success and we exceeded our goal of $10,000.

Report on Paris climate talks

December 31, 2015 - 10:45am

I've just returned from the climate talks in Paris, thanks to my team at Project Drawdown who made it possible for me to attend. My publisher Chelsea Green printed up a case of "galleys" (pre-publication, black-and white, softcover versions of the pre-proofread book). I distributed them to representatives of organizations like the World Agroforestry Centre, EcoAgriculture Partners, Winrock International, the Zambian Ministry of Finance, Carbon Exchange Trade of Nigeria, Kiss the Ground, Regeneration International, and the Millennium Institute, and to environmental filmmaker John Liu.
Overall these last few weeks in Paris seem to have been a watershed moment for agricultural carbon sequestration, with great press in the Washington Post and National Public Radio here in the US for example. A new international initiative was signed by 25 countries, and though imperfect it is a sign of hope. Overall I could see that the high standard of science present in the book will be an important contributor to the global conversation.
A personal highlight was presenting inside the highly secure "Blue Zone" to an audience of delegates from African NGOs and governments. Our panel was moderated by Dr. Youba Sokona, newly elected Vice-Chair of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Among others I also shared the panel with Cheikh Mbow, IPCC panelist and climate specialist for the World Agroforestry Centre. See attached image of panel, courtesy World Agroforestry Centre.
Only two months until our printing date!


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