The Central Maine Garden Club hosted a talk by Dr. Peter Garrett about climate change March 19 at Redington Museum in Waterville.

Dr. Peter Garrett speaks to the Central Maine Garden Club on March 19 at the Redington Museum in Waterville. Submitted photo

Garrett works with the Citizens Climate Lobby and the Greenhouse Gas Removal Action Team to create solutions to reduce emissions.

The real challenge is to remove carbon dioxide from both land and water. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree has put forward the Farm Bill; among the many initiatives embedded within that bill are organic farming methods which will decrease climate change by reducing gas emissions, according to a news release from Donna Sawyer with the Central Maine Garden Club.

In Iceland one method scientists devised to reduce carbon dioxide in the air is by covering rocks over land, which eats up 0.04 percent in the air.

In the ocean, carbon dioxide mixes with water, which lowers the pH level. The oceans then get much more acidic, which affects the growth of shells and creates much colder waters the deeper one goes.

“Today we are leaving a legacy of excess carbon dioxide, especially in the oceans and air,” Garrett said.


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