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Monday, January 25, 2010

Rainbow Carbon Coalition

No, I did not start another blog.  I will leave this unique opportunity to some other creative person.  But while at the GEF meeting in Macau, I heard an oceanographer refer to "blue" carbon.  I thought of Rainbowmania, part II.  But Miller-McCune magazine had already started the spectrum in this article.

The colors of carbon:

Black carbon: Black gold, Texas tea.  Second only contributor to global warming behind CO2.

Brown carbon: Brown carbon is a light-absorbing particle (aerosol) in the Earth's atmosphere.  Switch hitter by being both an agent of cooling the planet's surface and warming its atmosphere.

Green carbon:  Plants, trees, pastures, wetlands, that store carbon, but for some reason we don't like because we try to cut down, burn, build houses on, and drain for parking lots.

Blue carbon: Blue carbon lives in the world's oceans. Miller-McCune reports An estimated 55 percent of carbon in living organisms is stored in mangroves, marshes, seagrasses, coral reefs and macro-algae.   Another thing that we don't like because we remove these things so we can have cheap shrimp.

Purple carbon:  Purple carbon is the geological sequestration of CO2.  I am naming this one based on the colors used by the USGS site on their website.

Yellow carbon: Yellow carbon is also referred to as kevlar for that Bullitt-proof look.

Like the unwritten rules associated with Play-doh, play it safe by not mixing the colors of carbon and water or the Play-doh Police will take these substances away from you.

Be careful out there.

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