Hemp absorbs up to 10 tons of CO2 per acre, hemp is the climate solution

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Don’t listen to climate change deniers

The climate solution is hemp. Whatever the deniers may claim, the devastating weather events that are the ‘new normal’ are a result of climate change. Carbon dioxide is the biggest problem in climate change. We produce it by burning coal, petrol and gas in electricity production and transportation. Agriculture is another big source of CO2, as are deforestation and cement production. The CO2 that’s released by human activities helps to warm up the atmosphere. This is called the greenhouse effect, and CO2 and other contributing gases, such as methane, are called greenhouse gases, GHGs. A warmer atmosphere has more energy, which unsettles weather patterns and causes more severe weather events. Hurricanes, droughts, forest fires, ice storms are all caused by our GHG emissions.

If we don’t curb the global rise in temperatures to 2 degrees C, we go past the tipping point and risk extinction as a species. At current rates, we’ll pass the 2C increase by 2030. We have 9 years to save the world.

We can stop climate change dead in its tracks

We emitted 53.5 Gigatons of CO2 in 2017 (1 Gigaton = 1 billion metric tons). Global emissions need to be 25% lower than this figure by 2030 in order to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Our planet actually steps up and absorbs about half of that, in oceans and forests (go you, Earth!). To absorb the rest, we’ll need to plant around a billion acres of hemp. If that sounds like a lot, it actually isn’t. We need hemp growing on around 4% of habitable land around the world. And because hemp thrives in poor soil (improving the soil in the process!), we can find new places to grow it. An acre of hemp can remove 5-10 tons of CO2 per crop, and you can grow two crops a year in hotter climates. By planting enough hemp we can absorb all the CO2 that the human race produces, so we stop global warming dead. Our plan is to make it easy to grow hemp, so that we can enable one billion acres of hemp to be grown each year. We can and will do this.

Together, we will make this happen

Stay tuned to this blog for our new planet-saving platform coming soon. Are you ready to help save planet Earth?

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Malibu forest fire over LAX. Photo by Gary J Byrnes, 9 November, 2018.


Main sources of CO2 emissions: https://www.che-project.eu/news/main-sources-carbon-dioxide-emissions

Gigaton  = one billion metric tons


Agricultural land = 50 million square km


Updated 06 September 2020, to reduce 12 years to save the world to 10.

Gary J Byrnes

By Gary J Byrnes

Gary J Byrnes is a bestselling thriller writer by night and a tech marketing guy by day. Extensive international experience in software startups, SMEs and multinationals. Find on LinkedIn. Has researched hemp, climate change for over twenty years. Writer, blogger, parent, animal lover. 2022 is about building a new business model to enable mass planting of hemp through easy carbon offsetting at Hempoffset.com.

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