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Aerial Reforestation (Seed Bombing)
Transcript of Aerial Reforestation (Seed Bombing)
How does it work?
The tree cones are made of a biodegradable metal that dissolves as soon as it comes in contact with soil. They contain fertilizer, living seeds and a material that absorbs surrounding moisture, which "waters" the plant. Using military aircraft, scientists have calculated that they could plant 3,000 cones a minute, or 900,000 trees a day.
What will it do?
One significant cause of increasing levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is that plants and trees, which naturally absorb CO2, are being destroyed and cut down all over the earth. By using aerial reforestation, we could replenish areas of forest that have been 'wiped out'. These replanted trees will absorb CO2 from the atmosphere during the process of photosynthesis, and act as carbon sinks.
The Way out
What is it?
Aerial Reforestation, or seed bombing, is a way of replanting trees by dropping "seed bombs", filled with soil and living seeds into barren or deforested areas. The seed bombs are shaped like cones, which penetrate the earth at the same depth as if they were being planted naturally.
Is this a good idea?
The same idea of aerial reforestation has been used for decades, but in smaller scales. It was also used after hurricane Katrina to replant areas where trees had been ripped out and washed away. Scientists have found that if the soil type and elevation is right, success rate for "seed bombing" is as high as 70%.
In my opinion, aerial reforestation is actually a pretty great idea, as long as the containers are biodegradable and environmentally friendly. I believe that replanting trees across the globe is definitely a step in the right direction towards reducing C02 and slowing global warming in our atmosphere.