Title: A prairie perspective on global warming and climate change
Author: Ronald Griffin
Address: Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas 6662, USA
Journal: Int. J. of Private Law, 2009 Vol.2, No.4, pp.426 - 444
Abstract: The Great Plains blankets eight states. It is dotted with oil patches, public utilities, farms, ranches, feed lots, meat-packing plants, medium size cities, military bases and tiny towns feeding on agricultural activity. The question is: what can leaders do for a desperate and aging population in a global warming environment to bring full employment to the region. This paper explores opportunities to capitalise upon environmentally friendly farming practices and agricultural waste to produce jobs, money, commercial opportunities, marketable sod, fertilisers, methane, electricity and securities (from the Chicago Climate Exchange) as answers for this question. The paper recounts the use of man made wetlands to sequester CO2; by-products from coal fired power plants; landfill methane; methane digesters and soil carbon projects to arrest heat and contribute to the campaign against global warming.
Keywords: global warming; climate change; Great Plains; environmentally friendly farming; wetlands; USA; United States; aging population; full employment; agricultural waste; commercial opportunities; green farming; environmental management.