Thursday, August 28, 2014

Agriculture, species and global warming: Yale Forestry, Yale OYC?, and WUaS conversation, Global Warming and mass Plantings of broad-leafed plants, Forests and Soybeans(?) ...


It was great to talk with you today, thank you, and greetings from San Francisco.

JM, an old friend, and Harvard College and Stanford Law graduate, who has been in touch with you at the Yale School of Forestry about carbon control, I think, suggested I contact you initially. 

I'm currently developing wiki MIT OCW-centric World University and School, with planned online accrediting-on-MIT-OCW university degrees in many large languages (based on MIT OCW video courses, for example -, and in most 242 countries, as one wing. And WUaS is planning open wiki schools in all 7,106 languages as its other wing, - where anyone can begin a subject e.g. or edit or add to one, for example, by teaching to their web camera (think Sal Khan, for example, teaching to his young cousin via web camera). Here's WUaS's beginning Business Plan - - which you mentioned an interest in seeing.

After talking with JM, whom I’m copying in this email, my initial impetus to contact you was with an interest, for example, in how planting flora en masse, such as forests - - or broad-leafed soybeans even, might be able to absorb CO2 significantly and thus limit and even reverse global warming. Here, for example, is WUaS's "Ocean and Climate Management Plan" wiki page (currently only in English) - - and which shares links with the Forestry wiki subject, and where such knowledge generation on both pages can grow. Could you possibly please point me to a scientific literature about this, or to a faculty member, or to a Yale Forestry course with some open resources, by any chance, which I might then add to the Forestry wiki subject at WUaS?

As we spoke about on the phone, while there may be multiple Yale Forestry / WUaS Forestry collaborative possibilities, WUaS's Creative Commons' licensing focus leads us to look first to open CC licensed resources such as at Yale OYC - - at which I haven't found any forestry courses yet. If, for example, the Yale School of Forestry might eventually decide to contribute courseware to Yale OYC, WUaS could see remarkable opportunities for collaboration, - and WUaS would also get the word out about Yale Forestry in a new way on the WUaS site, for example. While WUaS's' undergraduate and graduate school majors will probably center on these courses and majors - - for planning purposes, there are a great many other collaborative possibilities which could be great for Yale Forestry / WUaS Forestry to remain in conversation about over the years. For example, there are rapid planting planning possibilities that WUaS could dovetail with our plans to be in all 7,106 languages and 242 countries online, with related databases, in a way that might address solutions to human-produced CO2 generation that Yale Forestry might not focus on. 

Thank you again and nice to be in communication. 



Here are some related articles:

Three Reasons Why Soybean Planting Date Matters


There are three ways in which the Greenhouse Effect may be important for agriculture. First, increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations can have a direct effect on the growth rate of crop plants and weeds. Secondly, CO2-induced changes of climate may alter levels of temperature, rainfall and sunshine that can influence plant and animal productivity. Finally, rises in sea level may lead to loss of farmland by inundation and to increasing salinity of groundwater in coastal areas. These three types of impact will be considered in turn.

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