Happy festive season and a productive 2019!
Thank you, to everyone who's answered the call.
Thanks to your generous support, we have established a new charitable organisation,
The Australian Landscape Science Institute ('TALS Institute').
TALS Institute is supporting:
- 'Whole of Landscape' Advisory Panel
- 'Train the Trainers' program
- Natural infrastructure projects
Be part of the journey by signing up at www.tals.org.au.
We wish you all a happy festive season and a restorative and productive 2019."
~ Peter Andrews OAM, Dec 2018
Plants - The Solution to Climate Change
The incredible science of the Australian landscape
What every farmer should know - 12 questions
The best solution for major climate recovery has been with us from the very beginning
Peter Andrews OAM, 1 January 2019
Plants protecting water in the soil and recovering dew from the atmosphere is the most efficient solution for major climate recovery.
Powered by sunlight and gravity, plants manage the destructive heat of the sun, using water to convert energy into a latent state, where it changes from gas back into liquid.
If we work with this scientific process and restore water in the ground, then we can transform the Australian landscape into an agriculturally-managed oasis.
Unfortunately, the role of plants as the most effective climate solution is rarely understood and seldom debated.
Our greatest failure has been the failure to recognise that plant-managed ground water storage resulted in the best climate possible.
Natural science requires careful observation in time and space. Many counter-intuitive cycles occur, once time and space have had their influence.
I have tried to share this evidence using only the most rigorous science available, many, many times over the past 40 years.
PLANTS MADE THE LANDSCAPE HABITABLE.
Australia is the oldest, flattest continent and serves as the best landscape laboratory on the planet.
If we follow the blueprint of the old Australian landscape, we can all afford to reproduce and manage the natural benefits.
Therefore, it is critical that the available evidence is delivered accurately with the least distortion by personal and commercial influences.
This New Year could see a great new opportunity for the cooperation between honest and dedicated individuals and groups.
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Peter Andrews OAM
Australia’s land managers can lead the world in climate recovery
Media release by Peter Andrews OAM, 15 Dec 2018
The simple facts that explain why Australia can be a world leader in regeneration of climate and landscape function are as follows:
Ancient and current state of Australian landscape processes and functions
The ancient Australian landscape was automatically powered by sunlight, gravity and some capillary action. It has been extensively demonstrated that recognising the skeleton of the landscape could take us back to that ancient condition. This would support all forms of agriculture at minimum cost, because this previous process was automatic.
The plants of ancient Australia evolved a sedimentary pattern that prevented erosion and allowed an unlimited maximum of flooding waters in the evolution of the sediments, which recharged massive underground water systems. This allowed plants to work at 100% efficiency.
We should be aware that the initial professional opinions that first observed this land declared that there would be an inland sea - and there is! It is in the ground. Our great inland sea is actually the Artesian Basin, along with its many superficial water bodies.
94% of our land had wetlands that could manage the same thermal energies as a rainforest. Water bodies feed plants to allow them to function at their highest level of efficiency, therefore having ability to manage climate and thermal extremes.
Today, 94% of our wetlands have been drained, with close to 80% loss of previous water volume. They no longer function as they once did, and less than 3% of our rainforests remain.
All landscapes age!
Australia being the oldest landscape on Earth had used plants to slow down the ageing process, so it was able to rebirth itself to become many times older than many other parts of the world.
The ancient Australian landscape functions and processes were infallible. They had the adaptive mechanisms available to allow incredible megafauna to thrive. These same processes also evolved the singing birds, the flowering plants, two thirds of the fish species and created the capacity for the human body to achieve its current complexity. All of these components are related.
Australia is the comeback king of desertification with the real potential of reinstating deserts back to productive tracts of land.
We need to understand plants by their function, because there are many new impositions now that are impacting the natural plants on this continent.
Furthermore, the way the Australian landscape managed its fertility and climate was most cost-effective, as it operated on nothing but energies from the sun and gravity.
The points above, when understood and applied, can truly transform all current agricultural applications.
The blueprint of the old Australian landscape is the greatest opportunity ever. Australia’s land managers absolutely can lead the world in climate recovery. We have no more time to procrastinate!
Peter Andrews OAM
How to multiply farm productivity while fixing our climate
Peter Andrews, 27 November 2018
Previous ecological civilisations and current gardeners who use mulch-farming are the most efficient producers. For example, if our biological asset was a trillion dollars, we could double it in one year while reducing costs.
Solar-powered plants that work 24/7 manufacture food and scrub the atmosphere of CO2, releasing oxygen, purifying water, filtering biological production from being lost to the sea while modifying (climate) thermal energies.
Demonstrations of the above are available for assessment by the most rigorous scientific analysis.
Plants made the landmass habitable; a quarter has been reduced to desert by human activity and animals.
80% of water has been drained from the land, trillions of tons of sediment returned to the sea.
The Australian continent was once an example of optimal landscape function. A skeleton still remains of how solar-powered plants evolved all the above efficiencies.
Our world leaders are ignoring this at their own peril.
The 'Biotic Pump' and its effect on climate - the importance of plants
Peter Andrews, 15 August 2018
What people need to remember is that the old explorers used to find islands and land by spotting the cloud formations above them. But when the land gets too hot, the clouds form over sea.
The evaporating surface of a well-vegetated landscape can be 10-20 times greater than that over the sea, because the sea is only evaporating at the surface layer. In a rain event on well-vegetated landscape, 70 percent of the water that comes down has been through a plant. These are all tested and proven measurable scientific facts.
The next thing is the expansion rate of water as it is evaporated by plants and it gets the transpiration and the cooling of photosynthesis. That requires a lot of water to cool it.
So, collectively, the land gets loaded with this huge gaseous water vapour which, as soon as the sun goes down, shrinks, and draws the evaporated water off the sea onto the land. A Russian group of scientists have called it the “biotic pump”. (1)
From extensive science, 14 groups came together with this information and produced a book called “The International Journal of Water” which was fully peer-reviewed. (2)
See “The Biotic Pump: Condensation, atmospheric dynamics and climate” by Anastassia M. Makarieva, Victor G. Gorshkov, Int. J. of Water, 2010 Vol.5, No.4
2. See “Special Issue on Water and the Complexities of Climate", International Journal of Water, 2010 Vol. 5 No. 4, Guest Editor: Associate Professor Ariel Salleh
From drought intensity to 'Field Capacity'
Peter Andrews, 19 August 2018
These extreme climate events that are happening all around the world right now are only helping us to sit up and take a bit more notice of what should be obvious.
The Australian landscape science is clearly showing us how we can recreate an automated agricultural production system that generates the highest possible outputs at the lowest costs imaginable, and thus presents to us all, the greatest opportunity ever.
These simple facts have been shown to support rainforests from the tip of the north to the bottom of the south, with effective plant coverage right across the landmass, supporting the most diverse megafauna the planet has ever seen prior to human interventions.
The Australian landscape science guarantees that when we apply its principles and follow its laws, then plants can function at the maximum level of efficiency, which is called Field Capacity. Plants manage a perfect climate for us to live in and this is the greatest opportunity that is available for us to recreate today.
I’m not the inventor of these things, I’m merely an observer of a scientific process, that all Australians can take advantage of!
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The information on how we can simply and affordably rehydrate the Old Australian Landscape has been available for more than 40 years. We have the very best information available, verified by the most rigorous science. Our policy is that the processes involved must be of utmost honesty and integrity. Everyone is welcome on our journey forward. Let's make it happen!"