BioCarbon Engineering Takes Aim at Using Drones to Plant a Billion Trees a Year

by RP Siegel
Apr 8, 2015 5:00 PM ET
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Here’s another new and innovative approach to addressing our carbon problem.

It has often been pointed out, and regularly forgotten, it seems, that the climate disruption we are experiencing is the result of an imbalance between the amount of carbon we are emitting through our various smokestacks and exhaust pipes and the capacity of the Earth with its oceans and forests to absorb it. The amount of forest lost since the beginning of the Industrial revolution is almost as dramatic as the growth in emissions. According to the World Resources Institute, more than 80% of the world’s natural forests have been destroyed.

Despite this, most of the response to climate change has been focused on the question of reducing emissions. Perhaps that’s because while emissions can be reduced with technology, something we have become quite adept at, subjects like forestry have not really kept up the same pace of progress--at least, until now.

Today, humans cut down or burn roughly 26 billion trees per year. Approximately 15 billion of those get replanted. Now, a company called BioCarbon Engineering based in Oxford, England has a plan involving drones that aims to start closing that gap by planting one billion trees per year.

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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post.