"Claims by many permaculturalists, organic farmers, and grassland polemicists that they can “draw down carbon forever” are wrong. They can do so only to an optimum point of balance and that balance will be a very high achievement," argues Patrick Noble.
Patrick Noble criticises the idea that climate change can be addressed primarily through technology and increased efficiency, without any need to make profound changes to our lives.
Patrick Noble is unconvinced by the widespread idea that we can achieve negative emissions through clever agricultural practices. He argues instead that to eliminate emissions we "must end the burning".
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This groundbreaking book, published in late 2003 by Feasta, describes the challenge presented by depletion of oil and other non-renewable energy sources. Its authors conclude that renewables have the capacity to provide the people of Europe with all the energy they need to live comfortable lives without using coal or nuclear energy at all, provided that enough time and energy are devoted to beginning the switchover within the next few years.